(via BBC Writersroom)
The BBC College of Comedy is running a sitcom writing competition with a multi-cultural theme.
Called All Mixed Up, the competition is looking for proposals which reflect diverse Britain.
Writers who can demonstrate some professional achievement are asked to submit the first ten pages of a script to the college, with a limit of six characters and three settings.
Entries will be judged on whether the script demonstrates the following criteria:
- An interesting representation of multi-cultural Britain
- An original voice
- Strong characters
- Engaging stories
- A comedy style that will speak to a broad audience.
The best six scripts will be workshopped in preparation for a showcase with a professional cast at the Soho Theatre on 4 December, where a celebrity panel will choose the best two for further development by BBC Comedy. Both scripts will be optioned, with the winner's option worth £1000, and the runner-up's £500.
The competition is being run in association with Triforce Promotions, which promotes talent across a multi-cultural network of people in the media industries.
The aim is to encourage work by fresh voices, and to provide promising writers with an opportunity to develop their professional skills.
Writers of the next best six scripts will be invited to attend workshops on 4 December 2010, and to join the showcase audience.
To enter, please email the first ten pages of a thirty-minute comedy script meeting the requirements to email@example.com.
Deadline: 12:00midnight 20 September 2010.
Micheál Jacob, college creative head, said: "We hope the competition will attract entries from writers who may feel their lives are not currently reflected in television comedy, and will introduce us to funny and fresh new voices."