Writing Opportunity: CBBC

An interesting call for scripts over on the BBC Writersroom website; they’re after “the next generation of CBBC writers with fresh perspectives, original voices, and the ability to create unforgettable characters”, and they’re asking for 30-minute original TV scripts.

Once you’ve filled out the online application form, all submissions should be sent in hard copy, to CBBC New Writers, BBC writersroom: 1st Floor, Grafton House, 379 Euston Road, London NW1 3AU by 5pm on Wednesday 1 July 2009. There’ll then be a masterclass for 15-20 shortlisted writers in July, and then eight of those writers will attend a residential week in late September, and then the finalists out of the eight will receive mentoring and £300.

Full details are here, there’s a Frequently Asked Questions page here, and if you want more information on CBBC generally, cast your eyes and mouse here.

My immediate feeling about it? The deadline’s a good six weeks or so away, which seems feasible time-wise, and overall it sounds worth having a go. In all honesty, I’ve never really thought about writing for the 6-12 age range, but on the other hand I’ve not discounted it either, and I can readily imagine that writing for a younger audience is often more of a challenge than, say, writing for one’s peers.

So I’ll definitely have a think about it, and see if I’ve got any stories, or even story ideas or loose structural notions, which might fit the bill.

Anyone else likely to enter this?

Edited: to add in details about the online application form. Whereas I am often forgetful, Piers has a solid memory. Thanks, Mr B!


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  1. Don’t forget that you’ll need to fill out the electronic application form before sending in your script…

  2. Oop, you’re very right, and I’m an oaf. Will edit that into the post!

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