All submissions are read anonymously and every writer gets a submission feedback report. 

Please Note: We now only accept entries submitted electronically through our Application Form.

1.     DATES & DEADLINES

1.1.  Applications Open:    14 March  2016

1.2.  Final Deadline:           10:00 18 April 2016

1.3.  Showcase:                  21 June 2016

2.     ENTRY FEE: 42.00

3.     PRIZES

3.1.  Finalists

3.1.1.                 Industry Showcase at BAFTA with professional actors & directors.

3.1.2.                 One year's access to BAFTA Events and Workshops.

3.1.3.                 Industry introductions.

3.1.4.                 A bespoke career planning and profile building session to provide support in navigating the industry.

3.1.5.                 Script feedback report voucher on their full script worth 125 (valid for 6 months)

3.1.6.                 Exposure to the industry and featured on the Forum List.

3.1.7.                 Become part of the BAFTA Rocliffe Alumni

3.2.  Runners Up

3.2.1.                 Featured on the Forum List

3.2.2.                 Become part of the BAFTA Rocliffe Alumni, gaining access to BAFTA new talent events subject to space.

3.2.3.                 Support in navigating the industry from Rocliffe.

4.     HOW TO ENTER

4.1.       APPLICATION FORM: Fill in the online application form to upload your documents and pay the fee before the deadline.

4.2.       PAY ONLINE: Pay the required entry fee via the secure PayPal form which appears after completing the application form. You do not need a PayPal account to pay the entry fee, payments can also be made via credit or debit card in this manner. See ENTRY FEE for more.

4.3.       Your entire entry is made via this online form. All entries must have completed the application form and payment before the deadline.  Please email us at scripts@rocliffe.com with any queries.

4.4.       Acknowledgement of entry will be emailed one week after the deadline to the lead writer.

4.5.       Please note we no longer accept hard copy entries; all entries are to be made online.

5.     RULES AND GUIDELINES

5.1.       Entries must be extracts from completed Sitcom or Sketch Show formats.

5.2.       Entries must be the original work of the entrant, and must not infringe the rights of any other party. BAFTA & Rocliffe accept no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify BAFTA & Rocliffe against any claims by third parties arising from breach of these rules.

5.3.       Entrants must be available to attend the London event on the 21 June 2016 (if selected by the judging process),

5.4.       Entries received that do not contain ALL materials outlined (see YOUR ENTRY) and payment, will not be considered.

5.5.       Entrants can enter individually or as part of a writing team. All writers will be acknowledged in the billing.

5.6.       All entries must be written primarily in English with translation provided for any foreign language sections. 

5.7.       Entering the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum constitutes permission to use the writers' names, script title, short synopsis and email addresses for publicity & hand-outs without additional permission being sought.

5.8.       BAFTA and Rocliffe reserve the right to cancel the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum and propose a new date or to amend these terms and conditions. If this is deemed necessary, a notice will be posted on: www.bafta.org and www.rocliffe.com

5.9.       BAFTA and Rocliffe reserve the right to reject any entry for any reason at their absolute discretion. BAFTA and Rocliffe's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

5.10.    Submission of a entry confirms the entrant's acceptance of the terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

6.     ELIGIBILTY

6.1.       You must hold a UK passport or be able to prove you have resided in the UK for five years prior to the final closing date.

6.2.       You must be 18 or over on 1 January 2016.

6.3.       You must not be a BAFTA or Rocliffe employee.

6.4.       Entrants must not have had a commission for an original TV comedy series but you may have written on existing projects or have other broadcast credits.

6.5.       Proof of age and identity for eligibility may be requested. BAFTA & Rocliffe's decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

7.     YOUR ENTRY SUBMISSION MATERIALS

7.1.       A completed entry form via the Application Form.

7.2.       Payment of the entry fee via the Application Form.

7.3.       Supporting Materials in the following order (3 pages max)

7.3.1.      Script Title

7.3.2.      Short synopsis (25 words)

7.3.3.      Treatment or outline of the series (300 words max)

7.3.4.      3-6 Episode Guides (100 words max each)

7.3.5.      Character breakdown of featured characters (50 words per character max)

7.3.6.      Introduction to extract that sets the scene (100 words)

7.4.  Comedy Extract (10 pages max)

7.4.1.      Consecutive scenes within a 10 page extract of the script. The extract must end at 10 pages, subsequent pages will not be considered. Font size no smaller than 12. Script pages should be numbered 1-10. Do not send full scripts.

7.4.2.      Script extracts should be typed and follow standard script format. For information on formats, we recommend you look at BBC Writersroom.

7.5.       Both the Supporting Materials and Script Extract are uploaded via the Application Form.

7.6.       Please name your file(s): 'Your Script Title - Extract' and 'Your Script Title - Supporting Materials'.

7.7.       Please do not include artwork or casting suggestions.

7.8.       You can find an example set of supporting materials on our website here.

8.     ENTRY FEE

8.1.       Entry fee is 42 for all entries. Each entry will receive a submission report from our readers.

8.2.       We charge one submission fee per script. There is no maximum submission limit per writer, however each submission will incur an entry fee.

8.3.       Each script extract entered must include a non-refundable fee. Payments can be made via PayPal or debit or credit card through the Application Form. Please email us if you can only pay by cheque or bank transfer.

8.4.       All entrants will receive email confirmation of receipt of email one week after the deadline and will receive email notification of the status of their submissions after each stage. If you do not receive an email please contact scripts@rocliffe.com

9.     BURSARY FUND

9.1.  Applicants who have dependents, are carers, are in receipt of benefits, are in education, who work less that 16 hours a week or are on minimum wage can apply for a bursary to cover the cost of entry. If you would like to apply for the bursary fund, please fill in the form linked to here before the Bursary Deadline and without completing the main application form.

9.2.  Bursary Deadline: Bursary fund applications must be made before 10:00am 28th March. The fund provides a limited number of bursaries and the recipients are at the discretion of BAFTA & Rocliffe.

9.3.  Bursary Offer: We will provide selected applicants a reference number to use when submitting their work via the main application form. You will have three days to accept the offer and all materials must be submitted by the Bursary Fund Submission Deadline at 10am 11th April. This is one week prior to the main competition deadline.

10.  FEEDBACK REPORTS

10.1.      All entries will receive a feedback report from our readers. The aim is to help the writer to progress to their next draft.

10.2.      These reports will be returned to the main writer once the finalist entries have been selected.

10.3.      BAFTA is not responsible for the content of these reports, they are an independent service offered by Rocliffe. We work with readers who have read for leading production companies and industry initiatives.

11.  JUDGING CRITERIA & PROCESS

The readers, panellists and jurors have no idea of the name, gender or experience of the writer. The work is judged on the following criteria:

11.1.    The originality of the voice and strength of the idea.

11.2.    The accomplishment and quality of the writing of the sample script extract.

11.3.    The strength of voice and potential in the writer.

All scripts are read, and go through the following process:

11.4.    Stage One: Entries are distributed to the readers. The readers will assess the entry against the above criteria and recommend entries they deem to have the most potential.

11.5.    Stage Two - Selecting The Long-List:  An industry panel reads ALL reader recommended entries and selects a Long-List of up to 12 to be distributed to the Jury. Entries need to be recommended by two panellists to go to the Long-List.

11.6.    Stage Three: The Long-Listed writers are given 5 days over a weekend to rewrite their extracts and supporting material in light of feedback.

11.7.    Stage Four - Selecting The Finalists & Forum List: The redrafted entries are read by the industry Jury who discuss the entries and select the three Finalists and the runners up on the Forum List.

11.8.    All writers will be notified as to the status of their entries, it will be specified if they were long-listed or not. The three finalists will be informed, and their scripts performed at the London event on 21 June 2016.

11.9.    The Jury's decision is absolute. Rocliffe cannot provide any feedback to writers beyond their reader reports.

11.10. FORUM LIST: BAFTA and Rocliffe spotlight projects that have been highly commended by the Jury.  The list gives agents, producers, industry executives and directors an opportunity to discover new writing talent. BAFTA & Rocliffe publish the list with the writer's name, script title and logline. We introduce Forum List writers by email to all enquirers. It is up to the writer to share their scripts. At no point do we share material to those outside the panel without the writer's permission.

12.  GENERAL POINTS ABOUT COPYRIGHT

Entrants permit BAFTA & Rocliffe to edit featured entries for the purposes of use at the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, in consultation with the entrant.  Entrants retain the copyright in any script or pitch idea developed by the entrant as a result of being selected. The copyright of all scripts sent to us remains with the writer. Similarities will occur and we are often surprised by similar ideas, concepts and themes in a call. We will not pass the work of any writer, to third parties outside of the judging process, without first contacting the writer. We do not retain copies of scripts that have been unsuccessful.  BAFTA and Rocliffe endeavour to facilitate meetings with third parties i.e. agents, development execs and production companies for the selected writers, but all subsequent negotiations with writers following those meetings are between the writer and the third party. Submission of a script confirms the entrant's acceptance of the terms and conditions which are governed by the laws of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.