This competition is free to enter. There will be prizes and routes to production.
General Competition Information
We are looking for Radio Play Dramas/Comedy Series that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. If you’d prefer to create your story in a different format, click here. 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 will be published 20th March 2019 and available on Amazon. This may well provide some inspiration.
Radio Play Drama/Comedy series Guidelines
Deadline: 12th July 2019
Length/format: choose one of three categories
- 45 minute drama
- 6 x 30 minute comedy series: send sample/pilot episode + 3 pages outlining remaining episodes
- 5 x 15 minute drama series: send the first two 15 minutes episodes and an outline of the further 3 episodes.
Prizes: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission..
Route to production: BBC Writers room have agreed to read the top five scripts and follow up with any writers they think have promise. In addition, Goldhawk Productions and Whistledown Productions who both produce programmes for radio have agreed to look at top entries and consider any they believe suitable for production.