In an effort to support and positively address transgender roles on mainstream comedy television shows, the BBC has teamed up with artist collective Trans Comedy to bestow upon upcoming writers the Trans Comedy Award. Specifically BBC Writersroom, an ongoing program that helps scribes develop projects for the BBC, is offering talented writers up to £5,000 (about $8,000) to use toward producing a television pilot. Scripts for sitcoms, dramadies and sketch shows can be submitted now through Feb. 28.
You need not subscribe to any transgender roles to be eligible; it’s simply “an opportunity for the transgender community and members of the general public to portray transgender characters and the transgender experience in an affirming manner,” according to BBC Writersroom.
And although the the charge is based in London, there’s nothing that says Stateside comedy writers can’t submit. Go here for more info, including coversheet and mailing address.