BBC World International Radio Playwriting Competition, UK – 2018

Would you like to win £2,200 sterling, a trip to London and have your play broadcast across the world on BBC World Service? If so, the 2018 International Radio Playwriting Competition is now open to entries!

The global competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with co-producers The Open University, offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to use the medium of radio drama to reach an international audience.

Application Deadline: 31st January 2018

To Be Taken At (Country):London, UK

Type: Contest

Number & Value Of Awards: 

  • 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.
  • 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.

Eligibility: Anyone aged 18 or over and living outside the UK – whether you’re an established writer, completely new or anywhere in between.

How To Apply: Interested applicants will have to send the following:

  • A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters – we are unable to return these, so make sure you keep a copy
  • A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words
  • A completed entry form (here), attached to your play and synopsis.

Or you can complete and submit your entry online (here) by uploading your play and synopsis along with your personal details.

Visit The Contest Webpage For More Information

Award Providers: BBC World Radio

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