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BCG Pro Talent Awards: Writing

BCG Pro Talent Awards: Writing

The BCG Pro Talent Award for Writing will return in 2021.

What is it?

We want to find and encourage the best new and upcoming comedy talent. For this Writing contest, we're looking for those who write: particularly if you're solely a writer; but also writer-performers. Challenge yourself with this contest and enter your best material for the consideration of our esteemed judging panel.

What can I win?

Aside from bragging rights, our shortlisted finalists will receive mentoring/professional feedback, and we will endeavour to help create your sketch as an audio or video project.

Best of all, at least one selected winner of the main BCG Pro contest (for those on the full BCG Pro plan) will be offered an exciting mentoring/work experience opportunity on a broadcast comedy programme - lockdown permitting.

The 2020 judges

Gemma Arrowsmith. Copyright: Idil Sukan.
Joe Hullait.
Caroline Norris.
Ben Spiteri.

Gemma Arrowsmith. Gemma is a comedy writer and script editor best known for her work on Tracey Ullman's Show. She is currently working on Spitting Image.

Joe Hullait. Joe is a writer, performer, producer and director best known as the creator of Scot Squad. His credits also include The State Of It and Scotland Unsolved.

Caroline Norris. Caroline is a highly experienced, award-winning film and television producer. Her credits include Raised By Wolves, Tracey Breaks The News, Horrible Histories and The Armstrong & Miller Show.

Ben Spiteri. Ben is a BAFTA-nominated producer and comedy writer who specialises in prank and entertainment formats both in the UK and US. He was the show runner of Channel 4's hit pranks show Bad Robots, among many other comedy series.

How do I enter?

To illustrate your wonderful funny bones we want two sketches, each no longer than 90 seconds long. Neither should include more than three characters.

  1. Your first sketch should be set in a greengrocer's shop.
  2. The second sketch should be on a theme of trouble at the office.

Beyond that, you can be as creative as you like. But most of all - be funny!

Each BCG Pro subscriber may submit one entry to the contest, either by themselves as an individual or on behalf of a writing partnership. When you're ready, simply upload your two sketch scripts as a single Word or PDF file via the form below.

The deadline to enter is 23:59 on Friday 31st July 2020.

We intend to reveal the shortlist in August.

What are you waiting for? Get stuck in - and good luck!


This competition is open for entries from 1st May 2020 until 23:59 on 31st July 2020. Do not leave it until the day of deadline to submit your entry as you will leave yourself no time for troubleshooting. Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Each BCG Pro subscriber can submit one entry into the competition for consideration. You may use your entry to submit on behalf of a team/collective.

All entries must be the original work of the entrant, and must not infringe the rights of any other party.

Submissions deviating from the stipulated criteria (setting, characters and duration) will be considered null and void.

Entries may be submitted in PDF or Microsoft Word-compatible (.doc, .docx) formats only.

We reserve the right for judges to move entries between categories (Starter and Pro) depending on entrants' level of professional experience.

BCG Pro is facilitating a connection between the winning entrant and the placement company, and cannot be held in any way responsible for the provision or delivery of the work experience/mentoring opportunity once the winner has been picked. It is the right of the company to amend or withdraw any offer of assistance, advice, or other contact with the winning entrant, should they feel it necessary to do so. The winner will need to liaise with the company in order to arrange a mutually agreeable schedule. Neither British Comedy Guide nor the company are obligated to provide such services, although they will endeavour to do so. Unless agreed otherwise with the company in arranging the placement, the winner shall be liable for travel and/or accommodation.

No cash or other alternative prize will be offered.

Whilst you may enter this competition if you are under 18 years old or living outside the UK, please be aware the production placement prize is only available to entrants aged 18 or over, who reside in the UK.