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We love StoriesBig Finish produce great full-cast audio drama for CD and download, featuring many popular television fantasy series.

There’s still a chance for new writers to create a Doctor Who short story for Big Finish’s annual Short Trips writing opportunity, with the winning entry released as an audiobook at Christmas 2021. 

The Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trips Opportunity honours the memory of the cheerful, much-loved person at the heart of the Big Finish production office, who passed away suddenly on 8 May 2014.  

This year’s judging panel comprises Nicholas Briggs, Big Finish’s Creative Director, Alfie Shaw, Producer of the Doctor Who: Short Trips range, Robert Shearman, Writer and Author, and Emily Cook, Big Finish Producer. 

Nicholas Briggs said: “It’s an honour to return to my annual role of judge on the Paul Spragg Writing Opportunity. And I’m very heartened to see my old friend and acclaimed author Robert Shearman returning too. Together with Big Finish producers Emily Cook and Alfie Shaw, we’ll be searching for the rising writing stars of tomorrow, both in Big Finish and hopefully beyond.” 

Alfie Shaw added: “It’s always a thrill to find that next brilliant idea to add to the world of Doctor Who. We get so many fabulous entries every year, and it is always such a tough decision to pick the winner. Best of luck to every sending in pitches, and I look forward to working with one of you soon!” 

Robert Shearman said: “It's been a terrible, disorientating time for us all – but one thing we haven't needed to lock down is our imaginations. And as we find ourselves unable to travel in the way we once took for granted, Doctor Who writers know that they're lucky – they can cross borders and have the whole of time and space to play with. I can't wait to read all the new stories that have been submitted this year!” 

Emily Cook said: “What a joy to be a judge for this wonderful writing competition! Doctor Who has such a creative fan-base and this is a great opportunity to bring a bold and brilliant new story idea to life. I'm excited to find out what this year's submissions have in store. Good luck to all the entrants – and happy writing!” 

Now in its sixth year, The Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trips Opportunity is open until the end of June. The full list of terms & conditions can be found HERE. 

Prospective entrants should listen to previous winning entries, to understand what kind of adventures the judges are looking for HERE.

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