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Wales Drama Award

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BBC Cymru Wales and National Theatre Wales, in partnership with BBC Writersroom, are inviting submissions for the second, prestigious £10,000 Wales Drama Award.
The biennial award is both a celebration of writers in Wales and an open call to Welsh talent, whether emerging or established. It’s a collaboration between two creative leaders in drama – BBC Cymru Wales and National Theatre Wales, in partnership with BBC Writersroom – and was first launched in 2012.

The winner of this year’s Wales Drama Award will again receive £10,000, and an opportunity to develop their script and work closely with both BBC Cymru Wales and National Theatre Wales. Two runners-up will each receive £1,000 each.

The competition is open to any writer residing in Wales. Writers must submit a full-length script in any medium, unperformed or unproduced and in the English language and at least 30 minutes long. Please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities for details on how to submit your script. BBC Writersroom will be accepting submissions for the Wales Drama Award between Monday 22nd September and 5pm on 7th October 2014.

A series of forthcoming open sessions will be held in Cardiff, Aberystwyth, and Wrexham, in which writers can find out more. For further details and to book a place at one of these workshops, please visit www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities.

Kate Rowland, Creative Director New Writing will lead the judging panel with Faith Penhale BBC Cymru Wales Head of Drama, John McGrath, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, and writers Andrew Davies and Lucy Gannon.

Up to six shortlisted writers will be invited to a meeting with the judges in November 2014 to discuss their script and any ideas they want to develop, and the winner will be announced in December 2014.

John McGrath said: "I am delighted that National Theatre Wales is once again collaborating with BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Writersroom on the Wales Drama Award. We are undoubtedly living in a time of very rich new Welsh dramatic writing, and the Wales Drama Award throws a spotlight on this explosion of talent."

Faith Penhale, Head of Drama at BBC Wales said: "This Award recognises and supports the best of Welsh and Wales based writing talent. We know that Wales has a rich seam of creative talent, and tapping into that is hugely exciting - we can't wait to find the next generation of drama writers, for both stage and screen!"

Katherine Chandler was the winner of the inaugural Wales Drama Award in 2012, beating nearly 250 other applicants for her script Parallel Lines. Her original drama short Tag was subsequently produced on BBC iPlayer.

Katherine said: "Winning the inaugural Wales Drama Award in 2012 was an exciting turning point in my career, raising my profile and presenting me with several new opportunities and possibilities. I would urge all Wales-based writers to enter their work this year."

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