BBC Studios and Charles Dawson’s Thousand Films have launched a writing competition for under-represented talent.

A Thousand Stories (an iteration of Thousand Films) was established in 2019 to find new voices in film and television and to provide a bridge between writers looking for a break and an industry hungry for new talent. In its first year, the Thousand Stories competition focused on finding exciting new female writers – this year, the competition is looking for writers from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, who don’t have agent representation.

The contest will be judged and overseen by Thousand Films founder Charles Dawson, BBCS Writers’ Academy chief John Yorke and the producer/distributor’s factual drama head Aysha Rafaele.

The winning writer will receive a prize package that includes a mix of mentoring, development plans and networking opportunities. Former Commissioning Editor/Executive Producer and expert on story, John Yorke, will guide the winner through the process of creating a treatment for their original series idea, paid for by BBC Studios ScriptWorks, to pitch for further development.

BBC Studios award-winning Executive Producer, Aysha Rafaele – whose credits include Killed By My Debt and The Left Behind – will also mentor the winner, giving them invaluable insight and advice on working in TV.

All 12 shortlisted writers will also have access to a network of writers, agents and TV executives through ScriptWorks events.

Eligibility: To apply, writers should be from a Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic background.

How to apply: To enter, applicants must submit a script for a pilot episode of a TV drama or comedy series of between 30-60 minutes.

Applicants interested to apply can submit their ideas here.