Charles Parker Prize 2018

The Charles Parker Prize 2018 for the Best Student Radio Feature

The prizes will be awarded to a radio feature (between 5 and 15 minutes in duration) produced between 1st March 2017 and 22nd February 2018 made by an individual student.  The feature should in some way reflect an essence of Parker’s own work – for example, story-led documentaries (or short features) that bring life to the concerns of ordinary people through creative radio production techniques.

The competition is open to any student studying radio in FE or HE in the UK.  It is FREE to enter and after judging FIVE features will be shortlisted.  Click here to download the Entry Submission Form, which includes instructions how to submit your feature.  The entry deadline is 2359 on Monday 26 February.

If your entry is shortlisted you will be invited to the awards ceremony at the annual celebration of the radio feature, past, present and future – The Charles Parker Day 2018 to be held at the British Library in London on Friday 23 March.

Over the past dozen years, the Charles Parker Prize – named in honour of one of radio’s greatest documentary pioneers – has established an unparalleled reputation for excellence in radio feature production by young people. From the very first award in 2005, the judges have been repeatedly and gratifyingly astonished by the levels of invention, creative imagination and sheer production intelligence shown by entrants. So it’s not surprising that many of our winners have gone on to carve out successful professional careers in radio.

What you Win
There will be three prizes – Gold, Silver and Bronze – awarded to individual students for the best radio/audio feature completed and assessed during the qualifying period.  The prizes combine useful practical tools (a BBC-standard Sadie editing system) with assistance for the young feature-maker in gaining real-life experience in a BBC or independent radio production unit.

The Judges for the Charles Parker Prize 2018
Simon Elmes – Former Creative Director, BBC Radio Features
Susan Jeffreys – Radio Critic, Daily Mail
Philip Sellars – Editor, BBC Radio Documentaries Unit
Hana Walker-Brown – Freelance Producer  and Former Gold Prize Winner

Terms and Conditions of Entry
The prize is open to all students studying radio at Further or Higher Education establishments within the United Kingdom.  All students, at whatever level, may enter so long as they fulfil the qualifying rules, with the approval and required sign-off of their tutor.
Your entry must be endorsed by your tutor (or former tutor).
The competition is not open to BBC employees (staff, contract, or regular freelancers), other professional broadcasters and/or those actively engaged in supplying material to professional broadcasters for a period of no more than 3 weeks from the start of the qualifying period until the announcement of the award on Friday March 23rd 2018.
The Judges’ decision is final.

The DEADLINE for Entries will be 2359 on MONDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2018

The winning entries (and extracts from some others) will be transmitted on BBC Radio 4 Extra – so please tick the box on the Entry Submission Form if you are happy for your feature to be included in this programme and have the necessary permissions for broadcast use (for example, release forms from your contributors and copyright details of all music etc. used within the feature).
NB ticking this box is not a condition of entry.

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