Write a short story for radio
Ever written for radio? If the answer’s no this opportunity is for you. The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit are inviting submissions from writers who have never written for radio before for Opening Lines – BC Radio 4’s showcase for short stories.
You can only submit between January 6th – February 14th 2014 but you can start writing now. The three strongest stories will be broadcast and the successful writers invited to London for an afternoon in Broadcasting House to see their stories being recorded.
What are they looking for?
Original stories between 1,900 and 2,000 words in length to fill a 14 minute slot. Stories which work best being read out loud have a strong narrative and minimal dialogue, character description or digressions into sub plots. They also need strong openings and resolutions. Remember that few people listen to the radio in the same way as they watch television. Usually they are doing something else at the same time – such as driving or cooking. Radio writers need to grab the audience’s attention and hold on to it.
The BBC advise that material which explores particularly dark, harrowing themes is not best suited to Opening Lines and suggest reading transcripts of the stories that have been broadcast in the past to get a feel for what is required.
When submitting a story include a brief covering letter giving your name, e-mail address (if applicable), the story’s title, word count and details of writing track record. Also state how you heard about the creative window and Opening Lines.
Stories can be submitted by email to OpeningLines@bbc.co.uk or you can send it to: BBC Radio Drama Readings, Room 8015, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA.
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