Are you a writer looking to break into the TV industry?
Building on the success of our MonologueSlam UK initiative for actors, WriterSlam UK is our programme to help TV production companies and broadcasters access new and established writers from diverse backgrounds. These TV industry professionals then support the writers in their career development, providing tangible outcomes for participants.
We’re looking for new voices for television, who come from all backgrounds. We champion diversity of experience – if you include everyone, you don’t need to exclude anyone.
For this new WriterSlam, we’re proud to be partnering with Amazon Studios!
Through the WriterSlam, Amazon Studios is looking to provide fresh, diverse talent an opportunity to share and develop their untold stories with help from industry experts. Our guidelines for submission are simple: we’re looking for stories that celebrate and spotlight themes of diversity and inclusion. Possible topics could explore the experiences of (but are not limited to) gender, LGBTQ+, ethnic, religious, or disabled communities. It can be any genre including drama, comedy, rom-com, thriller. We’re keen to see ideas which have the potential to become returning series, and reflect Amazon’s bold, contemporary approach. Thing big!
The winning writer will be selected by Amazon Studios. Following their win, they receive a paid development commission and will work with Lydia Hampson Head of Scripted, Amazon Studios, over 3-6 months to develop their idea into a full episode script, with the potential for further development into a series.
‘I am so thrilled to be working the Triforce Network on this WriterSlam. There is an abundance of diverse talent in the UK, and it’s up to commissioning platforms like us to work harder in developing and nurturing those voices.’ Lydia Hampson, Head of Scripted, Amazon Studios.
The 5 selected finalists will have extracts of their work performed at a showcase event in London on Fri 06 September, when the winner will be selected by Lydia Hampson of Amazon Studios. The event will be attended by industry guests and a limited number of tickets will be available to the public.
WriterSlam is open to everyone – you do not have to have an agent or have written anything before.
Submissions are open from Thurs 11 July – Wed 31 July. For more information on how to submit, go the WriterSlam page.