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Channel 4 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.


The Channel 4 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.


Award recipients have the chance to work with independent production companies including Lime Pictures and Bonafide Films, 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.

One writer will receive a nine-month mentoring placement with Lime Pictures, working on their award-winning serial drama Hollyoaks for Channel 4 and E4. Another writer will develop an original TV drama project with Bonafide Films, whose recent shows include The Last Post by Peter Moffat for BBC One. The winners also receive a bursary of £3000 to support their involvement in the programme.

To date, nine winners of the Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards have embarked on mentoring programmes with Lime Pictures, in both its serial drama and children’s drama departments; and on original dramas with Bonafide Films and Red Productions. All of the recipients were new writers with no prior experience of working in television.


Get involved


The Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards 2020 are now closed.

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.


The winners of the The Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards 2020 will be announced in June 2020 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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