Do you have a story to tell?

The Debbies New Voices Award aims to find new talent in TV writing. We’re looking for original scripts with potential for development, particularly those that tell stories that are underrepresented on TV. The award is open to anyone over 18 who is not a professional writer for television. We’re giving you the chance to have your script read by top TV writers, agents and executives.

Entries close 1st February at 11pm. There is a £10 fee for entering New Voices. If you have any queries, or if the fee is prohibitive, please email talent.schemes@thetvfestival.com.

 

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

ELIGIBILITY

Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.

Entrants must not have a broadcast writing credit and must not be represented by an agent as a screenwriter. Entries from writing teams of up to two people can be accepted.

International entrants are eligible.

The entry must be a script for a single television episode. Film scripts and short form content will not be accepted.

Scripts must be at minimum long enough to fill a 30 minute slot (this can include ad breaks) and a maximum of 60 minutes. Scripts may be in any genre.

Entries must be the intellectual property of the entrant. Entries must not be adaptations or spec scripts for an already existing show.

 

ENTERING

There will be a £10 fee for submitting to the New Voices award payable by debit card. Entries must be submitted by midnight 1st February. Entrants will have the option of purchasing a discounted ticket to the Debbies Awards night with their submission.

The entry must be submitted in the form of a PDF and formatted as a television script. For a guide, see here. Entrants must write up to 400 words to accompany their script which must include a logline.

You do not need to submit a CV or bio but may be asked for this at the shortlisting stage.

 

AWARDS PROCESS

The winning script will be selected by a jury of writers and TV professionals. Entries will be judged on merit and potential for development in TV.

Phone interviews may be conducted at shortlisting stage.

The winning script will be announced at The Debbies Awards on 27th February at Richmix, London.

The winner will be awarded a free pass to the Edinburgh International Television Festival, as well as meeting with a screenwriting agent and jury feedback on the script.

Entrants will own all intellectual property related to their entry and shall retain ownership of such intellectual property.