International Radio Playwriting Competition

This competition, organised by the British Council and the BBC World Service, is open for anyone over the age of 16, resident outside Britain, who wants to write a 60 minute radio drama for up to six characters.

There are two categories:

  • one for writers with English as their first language
  • one for writers with English as their second language.


  • The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium.
  • Check the Rules and How to Enter sections to find out more about making and sending your play.


  • The two winners from each category will each receive £2500 sterling and a trip to London to see their play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service in the World Drama slot.
  • There is a prize of a digital or short wave radio for the best radio play to be written from each of the following geographical areas: The Americas; Europe; Africa and the Middle East; South Asia; Russia and the Caucasus; Asia and the Pacific.
  • BBC goodie bags for all writers whose plays reach the judges' final shortlist.

    Deadline: 31 March.

    International Radio Playwriting Competition: rules, tips, how to apply. See: International Radio Playwriting Competition
  • Scholarship 2017/18

    Undergraduate Scholarships,
    Masters Scholarships,
    PhD Scholarships,
    International Scholarships.