Writer Nick Darke

International writing prize doubles its prize

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Writer Nick Darke
Nick Darke wrote for theatre, screen and radio

This year’s Nick Dark award for best writing for stage screen and radio has opened, with a £3,000 increase on the previous year’s prize, giving £6,000 up for grabs.

Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio. Following his death in 2005 the Nick Darke Award was conceived by his wife, the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. As this award is intended to contribute financially to the life of a writer, the award is in one of these disciplines.

Jane said; “It is so wonderful that the School of Media & Performance at University College Falmouth has decided to double the prize money for the Nick Darke Award. What’s really exciting is that it has been opened up internationally meaning it will be reaching the best writers, whether they’re established or new.”

This year’s judges include: Jeremy Howe, Drama Commissioning Editor for Radio 4; Molly Dineen, a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning UK television documentary director, cinematographer and producer; Roger Michell, the theatre, television and film director who directed Notting Hill and Sebastian Born the Associate Director (Literary) of the National Theatre London.

In the first instance submissions are invited for an outline and 20 sample script pages of work with a deadline of 14 May 2012 for consideration by a selection of readers. The eight shortlisted writers will then be judged by a panel before the winner is announced in October 2012.

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.

If you have any further questions email nickdarkeaward@falmouth.ac.uk, the full submission information available to download on the Nick Darke Award site.





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