BBC launches 'real-life' writing competition

<p>The BBC has launched a competition to find &quot;the greatest real-life stories never told&quot;, with the prize of a publishing deal &quot;with a prestigious UK publishing house&quot;, now disclosed as HarperTrue. The prize, which could go to a maximum of five of the finalists, also includes an advance and royalties based on sales.</p><p>The announcement precedes the launch <a href="../news/82012-literary-contest-for-titchmarsh-show.html" target="_blank"></a>of &quot;The People&#39;s Author&quot; <a href="../news/82012-literary-contest-for-titchmarsh-show.html" target="_blank">competition</a> on ITV1&#39;s &quot;Alan Titchmarsh Show&quot;, in association with Orion, on 5th October 2009, which offers a publishing contract to the member of the public whose real-life story makes it through four televised heats and a public vote. The Orion title will be published towards the end of spring 2010. </p><p>The BBC&#39;s &quot;My Story&quot; launches this month with the website: bbc.co.uk/mystory; the public are asked to submit their &quot;true untold real-life stories&quot; in 300&ndash;1,500 words to the website or via an entry form in the My Story magazine. Up to 15 successful entrants will get the chance to appear in a TV series on BBC1 during spring 2010. </p><p>The entries will be judged through several processes including two panels of judges comprising &quot;professional storytellers&quot; and the TV production company; entrants who have made it to the second panel must tell their stories to the judges&mdash;the selected 15 will then go on to appear on the show. A third panel of judges, made up entirely of &quot;storytelling experts&quot; will pick the winners, with the intention that one story from each of five programmes receives the prize.</p><p>The My Story site includes previously submitted stories which the public can vote for, &quot;inspiring videos&quot; from James Caan, Lottery-winner Julie Jeffrey and Ray Winstone, among others, and a &quot;writing tips&quot; section. This autumn, a series of roadshows &quot;targeting harder-to-reach audiences to support them to tell their stories&quot; begins tomorrow, 26th September at All Saints Square, Rotherham; continuing to Middlesbrough, Newport, Blackpool, and Glasgow.<br /><br />Mark Bell, Arts Commissioner, BBC, said: &quot;My Story aims to get the whole nation reading, writing and telling their most remarkable stories.</p><p>&quot;The BBC believes that the arts should be accessible to all and we&#39;re proud as a publicly-funded broadcaster to be at the heart of the nation&#39;s storytelling.&quot;<br /><br /><br /><br /> </p>