LOOP is a five-month paid (part-time) initiative, where a talented panel of industry professionals from Free Turn, Screen Yorkshire and the wider scripted audio industry will work with ten selected writers, putting them through an audio-first development programme. They will help the writers develop and hone their scripted audio idea into a creatively and commercially exciting project, develop a full treatment and first episode, and take it out to the UK’s biggest audio streamers or distributors.
Those selected for the programme will be paid £5,000. This payment is for your time to write the treatment and first episode (along with any expenses) and will be paid in two instalments, 50% at the start of the programme and 50% at the end.
They’re looking for proven writers with the ambition to be part of the new wave of audio. They want writers with fresh, new and exciting ideas that are created with audio in mind, ideas that are contemporary and reflective of the modern world. They want to create a varied slate from a diverse range of writers and genres, including Young Adult, Kids, Horror, Psychological Drama, Sci-Fi and Comedy formats, with ideas that dare to challenge the format and push people’s expectations of audio.
You’ll have written a novel, short stories, theatre, a screenplay, TV, a game or even an audio drama before. If you don’t yet have a writing credit or published pieces, you’ll need to demonstrate previous experience of working professionally with narrative, story development or scripts. They’d still be happy to receive your submission but would be looking only for the most exceptional examples.
Aside from this, the only conditions are that you are aged 18 or over by the closing date for applications (19th May 2023), that you have an idea for an audio drama, and either live, work or are originally from the North of England. You must be available for the key dates for the programme listed below (from August – December 2023) and fully commit to all of them at the time of accepting your place.
Friday 19th May at 5pm.
Dates for the programme (2023)
Interviews: (over zoom) w/c 12th June
Ten shortlisted writers selected and notified: 30th June
Welcome and Meet Your Cohorts Day: w/c 3rd August (In person, Leeds)
Individual Creative Reviews & Development Plan: w/c 10th and 17th August
Development (working intensively with mentors – can be remote): w/c 24th August – 11th September
Creative Review & Sign Off: w/c 2nd October
Development (working intensively with mentors – can be remote): w/c 9th October – 27th November
Final Development (can be remote): w/c 4th December
Final Sign Off of the treatment and episode, Pitch Preparation and Next Steps (End of Programme): w/c 11th December