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.
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!