Kay Mellor and Leeds Playhouse have partnered on a new £10,000 fellowship, which will support playwrights working in the North.
The recipient of the Kay Mellor Fellowship will spend 12 months working with the theatre, developing their own script and working with the artistic team at the venue.
In addition, the successful writer will spend time with Mellor’s production company, Rollem, developing a pitch for their own TV drama.
Artistic director James Brining said the new initiative would “champion talented local artists”.
“As an organisation, we’re always keen to encourage writers through our pioneering Furnace programme – to do so for both stage and screen through this dual development is an exciting new prospect,” he added.
Mellor said the aim is to “find a new talent with a unique voice, perhaps someone who wouldn’t normally be considered in the literary world”.
“I’m really excited to read the submissions and then start mentoring the successful writer in 2020,” she added.
Applicants are invited to submit a pre-existing script for consideration, along with a single-page synopsis for an idea they would like to develop.
The new fellowship will run from January to December 2020. It is open to writers who have already had up to three plays professionally produced.