Prizes, grants and awards
Prizes for radio drama broadcast
The Imison Award – £1,500 to the writer
Encourages new talent by rewarding the best original radio drama by a writer new to radio and transmitted within the UK during 1st January – 31st December 2007. Judges are the Broadcasting Committee of the Society of Authors.
The work must be the first dramatic work by the writer or writers that has been broadcast. It may also include the first episode from an original series or serial. An adaptation for radio of a piece originally written for another medium and published/broadcast/performed will not be eligible.
Extended submissions deadline (accepted from any party): 7th February 2008
Submissions for the award must consist of a completed nomination form as well as three copies of the writer’s original script and recording of the broadcast. Further copies will be requested if the work is short-listed.
Please email a 250 word synopsis and 250 word author biography to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries will not be returned and should be sent to Rose Hudson, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB.
The 2007 winner was Mike Bartlett for Not Talking – directed by Steve Canny and produced by Claire Grove, BBC.
Judges: Naomi Gryn (Chair), Roger Bolton, Siân Busby, Edwina Currie, David Docherty, Sarah LeFanu, Anne Sebba, Don Shaw and Michelene Wandor. The prize-money is donated by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.
The Tinniswood Award – £1,500 to the writer
Honours the best original radio drama script broadcast in the UK during 1st January – 31st December 2007.
Submissions are producer only and are restricted to a maximum of two entries per producer. We would like to encourage producers to send in quality scripts and would prefer a script that you are confident is the best. Judges for this year’s award are yet to be announced.
The work must be an original piece for radio, and may also include the first episode from an original series or serial.
When submitting 15-minute episodes from a series or serial we will require consecutive episodes (including the first episode) to make up at least 45 minutes.
The judges reserve the right to call in the subsequent episodes if required.
We welcome 30-minute plays provided that they were stand-alone and that characters and situations are original to the writer. An adaptation for radio of a piece originally written for any other medium will not be eligible.
Submissions should consist of a nomination form from the producer setting out the date and time of transmission, the broadcasting body concerned, along with a non-refundable entry fee of £50 and four copies of the script (as broadcast).
Extended submissions deadline: 12th February 2008
Please email the synopsis (250 words) and biography of the writer (250 words) to email@example.com
Entries will not be returned and should be sent to The Writers’ Guild, 15 Britannia St, London, WC1X 9JN.
Cheques should be made out to ‘The Writers’ Guild’.
The 2007 winner was Rachel Joyce for To Be A Pilgrim – produced by Tracey Neale, BBC and Mike Bartlett for Not Talking – directed by Steve Canny and produced by Claire Grove, BBC.
Judges: Gordon House, Jan Etherington and Lynne Truss. The prize-money is given by the ALCS.
For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 73736642 or email@example.com 020 7833 0777