International Radio Playwriting Competition

Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 - 17:00
Maximum Available: 

An opportunity for new and established writers in the UK to win £2,200 sterling, a trip to London and have their play broadcast across the world on BBC World Service. 

Entrants should write a radio play of approximately fifty three minutes’ length on any subject of their choice.

There are three prizes to be won.

Two first prizes – for the best radio plays by writers with either English as their first language or English as their second language. Both winners’ plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service.

The prize for each of the two winners will consist of £2,200 sterling and a trip to London (standard airfare and accommodation for one person) to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and attend a prize-giving event. The winners should make themselves available for other BBC programmes and publicity.

In addition, there’s the Georgi Markov prize - for the most promising script. This prize gives the winner a chance to come to London for two weeks and work alongside BBC Radio Drama and with BBC World Service journalists.

The competition is open from 3 October 2017 to 31 January 2018.

In order to enter applicants need to send:

  • A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to six central characters
  • A synopsis which outlines the play and which is no longer than 400 words
  • A completed entry form (here), attached to the play and synopsis.

Or entrants can complete and submit an entry online (here) by uploading the play and synopsis along with personal details.

A shortlist of up to 20 scripts will be sent a panel of up to six judges. These are selected by invitation each year and usually comprise the Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service, English; the British Council Director of Theatre & Dance; Executive Producer, BBC Radio Drama and an actor, director and writer. Judges are issued with specific selection criteria and from these scripts, two plays (from either category) will be chosen as winners.

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