Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2018

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award is a £5,000 writing bursary to Northern English writers new to radio and the chance of a BBC Radio 4 drama commission. The Award was established in 1992 to commemorate the life and work of Alfred Bradley, the distinguished BBC Radio Drama Producer. Previous winners include Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, War Horse), Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Debt) and Cat Jones (Doctors, Waterloo Road).

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award is offering a £5,000 writing bursary and the chance of a Radio 4 drama commission to Northern writers new to radio. You don’t need to write a radio drama to enter, but you do need to demonstrate a fresh and original writing voice.


What they’re looking for:

Original, compelling and imaginative storytelling, in a script suitable for broadcast in the Radio 4 Mon-Fri 2.15-3pm drama slot. The Judges are particularly interested in scripts which focus on stories from the Northern community.

(2.15pm weekdays or listen again)

For inspiration, check out some recent examples of scripts on the Writersroom’s script library


Who can apply:

The award is open to writers who currently reside in the North of England on a permanent/full time basis. This opportunity is not open to writers who have previously had a drama broadcast on BBC radio.



5pm on Friday 9th November 2018.


For more information and to apply please go to


Published on:
30 Sep 2018


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