Saturday, 13 November 2010
Deadline: 30 November
We are looking for original short stories which work being read out loud - ie with a strong emphasis on narrative, and avoiding too much dialogue, character description, and digression. Pay particular attention to how the story opens and closes. We’ll be looking to see whether the beginning of a story successfully links to how it ends.
We are interested in seeing stories which cover a broad range of subject matter, but material which explores particularly dark, harrowing themes is not best suited to Opening Lines.
The BBC has a rigorous taste and decency policy so we cannot accept stories of a sexist or racist nature, or those which use the stronger swear words. The time allotted for each story is around 14 minutes, which means stories must be between 1,900 and 2,000 words in length.
One submission per writer