Nick Darke Award 2012

The Nick Darke Award is a stage, screen and radio writing award that was set up in 2006 to celebrate the best writing for stage, screen and radio. The Award is open to all writers with a prize of £6,000.

Following Nick Darke’s death the Nick Darke Award was conceived by his wife, the artist and film maker Jane Darke, with the support of his family.

Writers are asked to submit work on an environmental theme in recognition of Nick’s lifelong commitment to this issue. The word environmental may however be broadly interpreted. The award is presented each year to a writer for work that pursues an environmental theme within one of the following four disciplines:

— Stage play
— Screenplay
— Radio play
— Documentary film

Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio. As this award is intended to contribute financially to the life of a writer, the award is in one of these disciplines. With the opportunity to win £6,000 and open to all writers, this competition provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.

In the first instance submissions are invited for an outline and 20 sample script pages of work that will be considered by a selection of readers. The eight shortlisted writers will then be judged by a panel before the winner is announced in October.

The award is solely funded by the School of Media & Performance at University College Falmouth whose Department of Writing offers undergraduate and postgraduate, traditional and online courses.

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The Judges

Jeremy Howe
Drama Commissioning Editor for Radio 4, UK

Molly Dineen
BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning UK television documentary director, cinematographer and producer

Roger Michell
Theatre, television and film director whose work includes the films Notting Hill, Changing Lanes and Morning Glory

Sebastian Born
Associate Director (Literary), National Theatre London, UK


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