Yesterday the next submission window for the BBC’s open submission opportunity opened. We now have until the 31st of October to send them our radio plays, films and TV episodes. I intend to send them a radio play I wrote years ago, now that the submission criteria became a little more relaxed with the opening of The Writer’s Prize. And, if I manage to get my act together, the TV pilot I’ve been working on since forever.
The Nick Darke Award is a stage, screen and radio writing award and this year their theme is the environment. This means that I won’t be taking part, as there’s no way I could possibly pretend that my current WIP is anything at all to do with the environment.
However, the competition is a tempting one. They want an outline and 20 sample script pages and the winner receives £6000 to allow them to complete the script to industry standards. The deadline for entry is Monday the 14th of May.
Maybe there’s still time before then to kick off a new project…
There’s something joyous about completing the first draft of a major piece of work; in this case my radio play Judicial Algorithms which I wrote for the OU. The first draft was written through straight without giving in to my usual temptation to edit as I go. So right now it’s a bit like Schroedinger’s Script; it could be awesome or it could be atrocious. But right now I’m just happy that exists at all.
Tomorrow comes the next phase: editing the first draft and all the self-doubt that comes with it, while I try to make something decent out of it and iron out the inevitable inconsistencies. Time will tell whether I’ll be tweaking something that’s not too bad or whether I’m polishing a turd.