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Channel 4/Northumbria University Writing for Television Awards

We’re on the look-out for the next generation of television writers from the North of England.

At a glance

Wanted: new voices

Think you could be the next Sally Wainwright or Russell T Davies? We know the North is teeming with talented writers and we’re looking for brilliant new voices and writers who can offer a fresh perspective on life in 21st century Britain.

Opportunity

The Channel 4/Northumbria University Writing for Television Awards are run by New Writing North as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards.

Each year we offer writers who are new to television an incredible opportunity for up to 9 months of hands-on experience.

Development

Award recipients have the chance to work with independent production companies including Lime Pictures and RED Productions, where they are mentored by television professionals and shadow the script-writing process for up to 9 months.

At the end of the development period the writers may receive a commission to write an episode or pilot drama.

Write for television

The Channel 4/Northumbria University Writing for Television Awards were founded in 2014 as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards. The opportunity offers writers a 12-month programme of development and mentoring support from experienced television professionals.

In 2015, Nuzhat Ali was awarded a 12-month development bursary with RED Productions, where she worked on a pilot episode for an original drama set in Nuzhat’s home town of Bradford. As a result of the development period, Nuzhat is continuing to work with RED and has received a commission worth £5,000 from Channel 4 to write a full script for episode 1 of a new series. Sharma Walfall spent a year working on Hollyoaks, and Lime Pictures has commissioned her first full episode for the serial drama, which will be aired in January 2017.

2016 recipients of the award Jayshree Patel and Drew Hubbard have recently begun working on Hollyoaks, and Elizabeth Lomas has begun working in Lime Pictures children’s drama department, home to Evermoor Chronicles, Rocket’s Island and House of Anubis. Each writer received a £3,000 bursary to support their involvement in the award. They may be offered a paid commission at the end of their development programme.

Get involved

Enter

The Channel 4/Northumbria University Writing for Television Awards 2017 will open for entry from 30 November 2016 until 2 February 2017.

Entry guidelines

Writers must live in the North of England and should not have written for television, although they may be experienced in another form.

Announcement

The winners of the The Channel 4/Northumbria University Writing for Television Awards 2017 will be announced in June 2017 at the Northern Writers’ Awards ceremony in Newcastle.

“This award is a fantastic opportunity to follow my dream of having a successful screenwriting career. I cannot wait to get stuck in at Hollyoaks and learn how initial ideas become juicy storylines that the fans relish.”

Drew Hubbard, winner 2016

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