If you’re an aspiring comedy writer, here’s a market opportunity you should definitely check out.
The BBC’s satirical radio comedy show Newsjack is returning for a new run, and inviting submissions of short topical sketches and one-liners from freelance writers. This is primarily an opportunity for UK writers, though if you live outside the UK (and understand the British sense of humour!) there is nothing to stop you submitting work as well.
Submissions are open now, with a weekly deadline of 12.00 pm on Mondays from 11 September (last submissions for this series Monday 16 October 2017).
More information, including the format for submitting work and downloadable templates you can use, can be found on the BBC Newsjack website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1hDdvFLfWClPHW7zT3sq01S/submit-a-sketch. You can also view example sketches and one-liners on this page.
And there are more tips on writing for Newsjack in this BBC Blog post from 2015.
This is, of course, a paying opportunity. Payments are as follows:
£43.00 per minute for sketches
£21.50 per 30 seconds for sketches
£21.50 per one-liner
They say this fee will take in all rights for the work on a non-exclusive basis (so no repeat fees, unfortunately!).
This is a great entry-level opportunity for anyone hoping to get into radio comedy writing. If you consistently submit work that gets noticed, you may be invited to join the show’s team of commissioned writers, which in turn will present all sorts of further networking opportunities.
It’s also a market I have a soft spot for, as some years ago I had a number of sketches and one-liners accepted by the long-running predecessor of Newsjack, Weekending. I was invited to meet the show’s producer and was sounded out about joining the writing team, but in the end decided against as it would have meant relocating to be nearer London.
Good luck if you decide to try submitting work to Newsjack. Please do leave a comment below if you are successful!