I recently sent a short story called 'The Bin Police' to BBC Radio 4. It's about council inspector Keith Jackson, a man who sees himself as a cross between Rambo and Dirty Harry. His mission? Hunting down environmental criminals on the mean streets of a small English town - aka one Mrs Elaine Cranshawe, whose 10-year-old daughter has put a Jammy Dodgers packet in the garden waste recycling bin.
I can only hope the Beeb like the idea of a head-on collision between mindless authoritarianism and the chaos of ordinary family life. I've zero confidence about humour, though. Gritty, dark and edgy is my comfort zone, this type of story is a bit of a departure for me.
This year the window of opportunity for unsolicited submissions is Oct 29th to Nov 30th. They're considered for the Opening Lines series on the 3:30PM Afternoon Reading slot. I had some very positive feedback to a story I sent to Radio 4 a couple of years ago. That was when BBC Manchester would look at them as well as the London office.
For anyone else wanting to have a go, here's the link: