Friday, 9 January 2015
The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes submissions from writers new to radio for their annual series, Opening Lines which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
The next window for sending in material is: 5th January – 13th February 2015.
The three successful writers will have their stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and be invited to the BBC in London to see their stories being recorded. As well as broadcasting the three strongest stories we publish transcripts of the best stories submitted within this period on the Opening Lines website.
Things to bear in mind:
The original short story must work being read out loud i.e. 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, the ending would usually link back to the beginning.
Material which explores particularly dark, harrowing themes is not suited to Opening Lines.
Stories must not contain defamatory, obscene or any other unsuitable material which is likely to cause offence to a wide audience of all ages.
Click here to read stories which have featured in recent series.