Enter for the 25th International Radio Playwriting Competition

The 25th International Playwriting Competition is brought to you by the BBC World Service & British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers and co-produced by The Open University. The competition is looking for new and established writers who are ready to send a script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters.

There are two categories for entry. One is for entrants who speak English as a first language and the other is for entrants with English as a second language. Plays entered must not have been professionally produced in any medium.

Prizes

There are three prizes:

  • English as a First Language Winner: £2200 sterling will be given for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a first language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
  • English as a Second Language Winner: £2200 sterling will be given for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a second language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
  • The Georgi Makarov prize: This prize includes a standard return flight to London, with 2 weeks accommodation – a week of which will be spent with the BBC’s London Radio Drama department and a week with BBC World Service. These 2 weeks will coincide with the making of the winning plays from the International Radio Playwriting Competition and the winner of the Georgi Markov prize will attend the prize-giving ceremony and receive recognition at the same time.

Eligibility

  • This competition is open to anyone over 18, living outside the UK – whether you’re a new or established writer.
  • Entrants must not be BBC or British Council or The Open University or Commonwealth Foundation employees, their close relatives or any person connected to the competition.
  • Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.
  • Plays entered must not have been professionally produced in any medium (an informal play-reading is acceptable; a play-reading with a professional director and in front of a non-paying audience is acceptable, but a performance involving payment to actors and/or a paying audience is not).
  • See more on Eligibility.

Application Process

To enter, send the following:

  • A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters – it will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy;
  • A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words;
  • A completed form, attached to your play and synopsis;

To International Playwriting Competition 2016
BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House
Portland Place, London W1A 1AA
United Kingdom

or to your local British Council office, or by email to radioplay@bbc.co.uk.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2016

For more information, click HERE.


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