BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018

BBC Writersroom’s regular window for unsolicited scripts opens 11 December 2017. They are looking for for Drama scripts including TV, film, radio, stage or online.


How to apply: The BBC e-submissions system will be active from 10am on Monday 11 December 2017, the link to which can be found here.

Deadline: 15 January 2018 at 5pm


What to submit

One drama script of at least 30 minutes / pages in length for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online* – Your script should be a saved as a single PDF document of no more than 10MB in size. Please remember to remove your name and contact details from your script. All scripts will be read “blind” i.e. without a name attached, until after the full-read stage.

A brief biography of your writing to date (up to 1 paragraph) to be included on your e-submissions profile.

If you are submitting an episode script for a series/serial, you may also attach a brief outline (1-3 pages) of further episodes. This should be attached as a separate PDF document to your script. Please note, this outline is not a requirement and would only be read if you made it onto the Drama Room writer development scheme.

*If you are submitting a sample script for Children’s TV or Online, you are welcome to submit 2 x 15 min episodes as a single PDF document.

Read the Script Room Terms and Conditions, including what we accept and what we do not accept


Submission process and what they are looking for

At the end of the process, a group of writers (usually between 10 and 20) will be selected to join the BBC Drama Room writer development group for 2018.

Script Room is not a competition but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best writing talent. We look for writers with the strongest potential to be developed and produced for BBC broadcast. You could be new to writing or new to the BBC but equally, you may be a playwright looking to write for TV, or you’ve written for radio drama and would like to try your hand at writing for CBBC.

The BBC also consider whether scripts have real potential to be developed further towards production. If they believe a script could be developed further by a BBC department, we will send it to them with the writer’s knowledge. Original scripts written on spec’ are produced extremely rarely, and writers should not send them in with the expectation that they will be produced. However, original spec’ scripts are the means by which writers get noticed, so you should always write your script with the same level of commitment as if it were for production.

The BBC want to see the best possible draft you can achieve and are not looking for early/first/rough drafts of scripts. Only submit to the Script Room when your script is ready, even if it means waiting for a later Script Room submission window.


How to submit

The BBC use an E-Submissions system. All you need is an email address and access to the internet in order to use it.

Read the FAQs 

Writers have five full weeks to submit scripts giving you plenty of time to figure out the system and meet the deadline. Do not leave it until the day of deadline to submit your script as you will leave yourself no time for troubleshooting. The BBC Writersroom team are on hand to help you through the process while the window is open – Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm – but we cannot guarantee that they’ll be able to help you on deadline day, as the line is often busy.

Once you have submitted your script, please do not log back in and upload a newer version, as the BBC cannot guarantee that the updated script will be read.

The BBC Writer Room no longer accept printed submissions via post. If you have no access to the internet, you will need to contact us to discuss other options.


For help call 020 8743 8000 or email

For more information including terms and conditions and advice please go to





Published on:
1 Dec 2017


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