International Radio Playwriting Competition

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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  • The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium.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
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