Applications open for New Writing North award

30th April 2024

Written by:

Gaynor Mellor, Creative Director

Rollem is delighted to be working with New Writing North once again, by offering a placement on the Channel 4 Writing For Television Awards 2024. These awards offer new television writers based in the North of England a unique package of support including: a long-term placement to develop a script with Rollem; receive mentoring with an industry professional; and, a £3,000 bursary.

The awards are offered as part of the Northern Writers' Awards, New Writing North's flagship writer development programme which celebrates 25 years this June. Placements for the 2024 Channel 4 Writing for Television Award are available at Rollem, Bonafide Films and Red Productions, and a variety of other awards are also open for entry.

For these awards, we want to discover new writers from Northern England who would like to work in television. We especially welcome submissions from people of colour and those from LGBTQ+, disabled and lower socio-economic backgrounds, who are particularly under-represented in this area of the TV industry.

To enter, writers should submit a pitch of an idea for an original storyline (up to 400 words) and a sample script of no more than ten pages. You will also be required to answer the application questions.

To apply for this award, writers must be:

  • Living in the North of England at the time of entering and planning to remain here for at least another 12 months.

  • Over the age of 18.

  • Actively writing for television - but no professional experience necessary.

  • Willing to commit to developing your work through the programme on offer.

Please read the full eligibility criteria here.

Applications have now closed and the winner will be announced later in Summer.

Visit New Writing North's website for more information and to apply.

This award has been life-changing for me. The experience I’ve gained through my placement with Rollem has been an invaluable part of my screenwriting journey. From support with my original series pitch and writing a pilot script, to shadowing writers’ rooms and career mentoring, I can’t recommend it highly enough! ”

Harriet Ghost, Winner of the Channel 4 Writing For Television Award 2023

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