Do you want to be a writer? Would you like to have your work performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre?

BBC Radio Manchester and the Royal Exchange Theatre are launching a talent search for writers to mark 100 years since the first women got the vote. We’re seeking a “Manchester Monologue” that looks ahead to the future for women – and Helen Pankhurst (the great granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst) will be among those judging the entries.

You are asked to submit a single voiced piece that is written for performance (e.g. a monologue which can be a script, spoken word or poetry). The theme is ‘Women and the Future’ and your writing should show a local connection to Greater Manchester. Your piece should be up to, but no longer than 3 minutes when read aloud.

The five winning monologues will be performed at a showcase event at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

What will I be judged on?

We are looking for:

  • The quality and accomplishment of the writing.
  • The strength of the idea based on the theme ‘Women and the Future’
  • The strength of the character’s “voice”.
  • Local relevance to Greater Manchester

What experience will I need?

You don’t need any previous writing experience. All entries must be original and not previously published or performed (this includes online).

How do I enter?

You can send your entry to us from Friday 15th June 2018 until 11pm on Sunday 15th July 2018. Email your entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You need to be over 18 years old and live or work in the Greater Manchester region.

For Full terms and Conditions www.bbc.co.uk/radiomanchester

What happens then?

The first round will be judged against the criteria above. A shortlist of around 12 entries will be drawn up. These shortlisted entries will be read by a panel of judges – including Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst - who will decide on the final five winning pieces.

The winning monologues will be performed at a special showcase event at the Royal Exchange Theatre and be recorded to be broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester later in the year. The winners will receive a fixed writer’s fee.

  • TERMS AND CONDITIONS
    1. The talent search is organised by BBC Radio Manchester

    2. To be eligible to enter the BBC Radio Manchester and the Royal Exchange Theatre ‘The Manchester Monologue 2018’ you must meet the following criteria:

    • You must be aged over 18 as of 15th July 2018.

    • You must be living or working in the Greater Manchester region. You must not be a BBC or BBC Group company employee or an employee of the Royal Exchange Theatre

    Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested. The BBC’s decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    1. Entrants must submit.

      a) A single voiced piece, written for performance (e.g a monologue which can be prose, script, spoken word or poetry). The theme is ‘Women and the Future’ and your writing should show a Greater Manchester connection. Your piece should be up to, but no longer than 3 minutes when read aloud. Entries must be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight on Sunday 15th July 2018.

      b) Entrants must email their piece in a suitable word processor file form (for examples .doc file) which is in English, legibly typed and suitable formatted. The script must be original (i.e. not previously performed or produced). In the body of the email the entrant must provide their name, address, contact telephone number and confirmation they have read and understood these terms and conditions.

    2. Winners will have their monologue performed and recorded with the intention to broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester later in the year.

    3. Submission for entries opens on Friday 15th June 2018. Entries received before this date will not be considered.

    4. Closing date for entries is 11 pm on Sunday 15th July 2018. Submissions received after this date will not be considered.

    5. Successful candidates must be available to attend the performance at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester on Sunday 30th September 2018. 

    6. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The BBC accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify the BBC against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.

    7. Original ideas must be suitable to be broadcast by the BBC for a general audience, and for performance at the Royal Exchange Theatre and any showcase events.

    8. Entrants retain the copyright in their original ideas but on being selected will grant to the BBC a licence to broadcast their entry across all media, as well as use it on any online platforms on standard prevailing BBC terms. They will also grant the right to for their work to be performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

    9. By entering, entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the scheme and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    10. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

    • The quality and accomplishment of the writing.

    • The originality of the idea based on the theme ‘Women and the Future’

    • The strength of the character’s “voice”.

    • Local relevance to Greater Manchester

    1. Entries will go through the following process:

    Stage One

    All entries will be reviewed by a team from BBC Radio Manchester and writer, Jo Bell. Based on the criteria we will select a longlist of entries.

    The BBC reserves the right not to read the whole application if it is clear that the quality of the writing or subject matter is unsuitable or is in breach of any of these terms and conditions.

    The longlist of entries will be sent to a panel of readers.

    Stage Two

    The panel of readers will select up to 12 entries for a shortlist.

    Stage Three

    The shortlisted entries will be read and judged by a guest panel of judges who will decide on the final five winning pieces.

    The scripts will be assessed on the criteria outlined above. Selected writers will be announced on BBC Radio Manchester on Monday, September 10th 2018.

    Stage Four

    The five winners will see their work performed by professional actors (or winners may be able to perform their own work) during a showcase event at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester on Sunday 30th September 2018.

    1. The BBC’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    2. The BBC reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these terms and conditions.

    3. The BBC reserves the right to cancel or alter the talent search or the showcase event at any stage. In this event, a notice will be posted on the following website: www.bbc.co.uk/radiomanchester

    4. The BBC reserves the right to disqualify entries that are inconsistent with the BBC Editorial Policy Guidelines or which may bring the BBC into disrepute, including any entries which profit from criminal activity.

    5. The BBC reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any stage, including changing or substituting the selection process and the opportunities. In this event, a notice will be posted on the following website: www.bbc.co.uk/radiomanchester

    6. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

  • PRIVACY POLICY
  • The BBC will collect and process the personal information that you provide for the purpose of administering the BBC Radio Manchester and the Royal Exchange Theatre ‘The Manchester Monologue’ 2018.

    The BBC will collect your name, email address and phone number in order to communicate with the winners. The BBC processes this personal data on the basis of legitimate interests. The talent search is restricted to those over the age of 18 years.

    The BBC may ask you to verify your age.

    The BBC may share your data with external judges and the Royal Exchange Theatre for the purposes of the talent search. This personal data will not be shared with any other third parties outside of the BBC without your prior permission.

    If your contribution is used, the BBC will store the contribution and personal information for 12 months in line with our retention policy. If you are selected you may be contacted within the next year by BBC Radio Manchester about your writing.

    If you do not wish to be contacted again please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please be aware that you can correct, amend or withdraw your personal data by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The BBC will keep your information secure in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy Policy, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/privacy