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Once a year a window opens for new writers with no experience of radio to submit a short story to Opening Lines – BBC Radio 4’s showcase for short stories. And that window opens today, Monday January 5th 2015: it closes on Friday February 13
What you can send:
One story which must be between 1,900 and 2,000 words long to fill a 14 minute time slot. If it is shorter than that, or longer, it won’t be considered.
It should be:
written to be read aloud
It should have:
A strong narrative.
A strong opening.
A strong ending.
It shouldn’t have:
too much dialogue.
too much character description.
A dark, harrowing theme.
Obscene language or unsuitable material likely to cause offence to a wide audience of all ages.
(Reading transcripts of stories which have featured in recent series should help you get a feel for the kind of story they are looking for bbc.in/r4openinglines)
What happens then:
As well as broadcasting the three strongest stories, transcripts of the best stories submitted within this period are published on the Opening Lines programme pages. The three successful writers will be invited to London for an afternoon in Broadcasting House. They will also have the chance to see their stories being recorded.
How to submit:
Include a brief covering letter giving your name, e-mail address, the story’s title, word count and details of writing track record. The BBC would also like you to say how you heard about the creative window and Opening Lines. (Hey! Me, Me!) Stories can be submitted by email or post. If you word process your story it should be double-spaced on A4 paper.
All eligible submissions will be read and the Radio 4 team will get in touch with shortlisted writers by Friday 15th May, 2015.
Email your story to OpeningLines@bbc.co.uk or send it to: BBC Radio Drama Readings, Room 8015, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA.
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