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The Script Yorkshire radio drama competition 2024

We are delighted to declare this year's Script Yorkshire radio drama competition officially open for submissions!

 

We trust​ our recent series of writing for radio workshops with Jonathan Hall and Marion Nancarrow will have given you a confidence boost to get writing and enter a script.

 

To get the competition launched with a bang, the winning plays from 2023 are now up on this page for you to listen to. A huge well done to the writers - E.D. Arundale, Maggie Graham and Alice Collins - and to everyone involved in their production. We had a blast. Looking forward to doing it all again with our 2024 winners. It could be you!

Scroll on down to find out everything you need to know about entering the competition. And to hear our previous winners' plays...

PRIZE

3 x winning plays will be...

  • Recorded by professional actors

  • Produced for broadcast on Chapel FM

  • Published here on our website

  • Sent to winners in .mp3 format

CRITERIA

We're looking for...

  • Exciting original stories that exploit the radio medium

  • Cracking characterisation and dialogue

  • A skilful command of this demanding short form of scriptwriting.

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ENTER

You'll need to...

  • be a fully paid-up member of Script Yorkshire to enter​

  • write a 5-minute radio script for no more than 3 actors​

  • NOT put your name or contact details anywhere on your script. Anonymity = unbiased judging​

SELECTION

Experienced Script Yorkshire radio-drama writers Sharon Oakes and Jonathan Hall will read all the entries and select a short-list of 10.

 

Everyone who enters will receive written feedback.

The 10 finalists’ plays will be sent to BBC radio producer Gary Brown, who will select 3 winning scripts for us to produce.

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PREP

Never written for radio?

Never fear: swot up on you script skills with Auntie Beeb! 

The BBC Writers Room website has loads of great scripts you can study before you start.

And, of course, there's always plenty of fantastic radio drama to listen to. Just scout around on BBC Sounds.

LISTEN TO OUR PAST WINNERS' PLAYS...

A Head for Business

by E.D. Arundale

A chilled tale about a very unusual inheritance...

Music: This is Halloween by Universfield from Free Music Archive license CC BY-SA.

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A Head for Business
00:00 / 06:30

The Caller

by Maggie Graham

A phone call stops a young man in his tracks.

Music: Opus One by Tim Carleton and Darrick Deel.

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The Caller
00:00 / 07:23

Good Going Underfoot

by Alice Collins

A day at the races brings back memories and makes headline news.

With special thanks to Marta Kapica and Jack Pitfield.

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Good Going Underfoot
00:00 / 08:38

Leek & Brimstone

by Saeth Wheeler

A stirring tale involving a supernatural starter.

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Leek & Brimstone
00:00 / 05:45

The Applicant

by John Hunter

A job interview puts a young woman's nerve to the test.

Music by: Bensound

License code: GP7UQP50D838T0S1

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The Applicant
00:00 / 05:45

Are You a Good Man, Mr Pollard?

by Stephen Brennan

A teenage islander encounters a stranger on the radio.

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Are you a good man, Mr Pollard
00:00 / 05:44

Playing With My Heart

by Jacqueline Saville

A spectral encounter brings new hope for an estranged couple.

Image by Dmitry Antropov
Playing With My Heart
00:00 / 05:06

Spare

by Erin Revell

Ever wondered what happens at home while you're out at work?

Image by Shane Rounce
Spare
00:00 / 08:09

We Were The Singers

by Paul Joe Osborne

Emotions run high when a teenage prophetess predicts her own death.

Image by Michał Mancewicz
We Were The Singers
00:00 / 08:42

Yellow Vision

by Tom Jordan

OAPs with artistic differences pay a visit to the National Gallery.

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Yellow Vision
00:00 / 06:35

Bangers and Mash and Infidelity

by Jacob Welby

A decidedly different dinner-table debate!

Image by Amanda Lim
Bangers and Mash and Infidelity
00:00 / 06:07

Blackout

by Kat Rose-Martin

Painting the town a darker shade of red...

Image by Michael Discenza
Blackout
00:00 / 06:47

Cut Up

by Pete Goodland

A boy's life changes after a flash of steel.

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Cut Up
00:00 / 09:10

Homing

by Jackie Daly

A viewing leads to a blast from the past.

Image by Antoine J.
Homing
00:00 / 07:59

Mistaken Identity

by Richard Kay

A reimagining of a remarkable true story.

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Mistaken Identity
00:00 / 09:11

Red in Tooth and Claw

by Sarah Carratt

Doorstep sales in a dog-eat-dog world.

Use of '52-Bar Bossa under Creative Commons Public license courtesy of R1772 and wikiloops.com.

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Red In Tooth & Claw
00:00 / 08:35

Radio not your bag? Try Page to Stage or Script Factor instead!

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