This competition is free to enter. There will be prizes and opportunities for winning scripts to be sent to production companies.
General Competition Information
We are looking for a series suitable for TV or a streaming platform such as Netflix or the new platform Quibi – designed for mobile phones that in some way touches upon ideas around building a sustainable society. We will consider all genres – rom-com, literary fiction, science fiction, mystery, crime etc. – but stories must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies.
Most stories set in the future are dystopian, meaning they have a pessimistic view of society. We will consider all stories, but we encourage you to imagine a more positive settings and practices for your stories. You can find out more about why we recommend positive stories by clicking here. Do feel free to draw upon the resources in this Green Stories website to write your story (found in the menu on the homepage. Each page provides links to articles/videos that describe the ideas and also ideas for how such ideas may be integrated into stories.
The story doesn’t have to be about sustainability or climate change directly. A rom-com, for example, could be set in a society that replaces ownership with borrowing and the heroine goes to a clothes library to pick up a posh dress and borrow jewellery for her big date; or the hero in a crime drama could use a carbon credit card and hear the news in the background reporting on the wellbeing index instead of GDP; or the characters in a legal drama could live in a city where everyone has gardens on their roofs and generates energy from their own waste.
Our short story competition (deadline April 2018) has resulted in an anthology of the 20 best stories called ‘Resurrection Trust’ which was published 20th March 2019 and available on Amazon. This may well provide some inspiration.
Deadline: June 2021 tbc
Length: Your series can extend for as many episodes as you wish, and episodes can be as short as 8-10 minutes (suitable for QuiBi), 15 minutes, or any other length up to 60 minutes.
If each episode is under 45 minutes then please send a minimum of three episodes and an outline of the others and/or synopsis of the whole story. We suggest the first episode and any that most show how the story meets the green stories criteria. If episodes are between 45 and 60 minutes then please send a pilot episode and synopsis of the other episodes, showing extracts from other episodes where relevant of how the story meets the green stories criteria
Prize: Free script appraisal and treatment by the Literary Consultancy, plus will be sent to production companies for consideration.
Opportunities for finalists: BBC Writers room have agreed to read the top five scripts and follow up with any writers they think have promise. In addition, Red Production Company have put on some fabulous dramas such as ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ and ‘Come Home’ have agreed to read the winning script and consider it for production. The Production Company ‘Planet Zero’ have also agreed to read the top three scripts. Graham Smith from Grand Media liaise between writers and streaming companies such as Netflix and QuiBi and are happy to follow up any scripts they think have promise.
Eligibility: Open to all, as long as it has not been published elsewhere. All submissions must be in English and conform to the green stories criteria of showing a positive vision of what a sustainable society might look like or in some way smuggling in green solutions/policies/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story. Entries must be submitted via the link below.
Submission details will be provided in April/May 2021. Your script will get a better reception if written in a standard TV episode format e.g. see https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/screenplaytv.pdf
The first output from our green stories short stories competition is now available to buy ‘Resurrection Trust‘ – a collection of funny, dark, mad, bad, upbeat, downbeat and fantastical short stories about living sustainably. It has a foreword by Caroline Lucas and review by Jonathon Porritt. It’s £3.99/£7.99 available on Amazon or even better https://www.hive.co.uk/ which allows you support your local bookshop. Writers may find it a useful source of ideas.