In 2020 BBC Cymru Wales, National Theatre Wales and BBC Writersroom Wales are coming together again to search for the next Wales Writer in Residence. This prestigious scheme, created in 2019, has been designed to develop and support Welsh writing talent.
The initiative offers the winning writer the opportunity to hone their craft over a portfolio of media, encompassing stage, sound and screen. During their yearlong residency they receive over £12,000, get to spend six months working with the BBC followed by six months with NTW. They’re offered physical space to write in, access to industry expertise and support to develop their ideas and talent. They will also gain a BBC-broadcast credit in the form of a BBC Radio 4 drama commission.
This year writers are able to submit previously unproduced scripts in any medium alongside a pitch for an audio drama. Writers will be judged on both their writing flair alongside the compelling originality of their audio drama idea.
The award is open to anyone over the age of 18 who can represent the culture of Wales with authenticity (for example you may be from, or have lived or worked in Wales).
There’s no specific brief to write to but what they want is ambitious, resonant drama that reflects a contemporary or future Wales. They want drama that will be bold. Will make the listener sit up and take notice. That will connect with a mass audience.
Deadline: 11th May 2020