International Radio Playwriting Competition

The global competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, offers the unique opportunity for writers from outside the UK to use the medium of audio drama to tell stories for an international audience.

There are two categories: English as a First Language and English as a Second Language. The two first prizes can come from either category and will recive a cash prize of £2,500 sterling (or the equivalent in a local currency at the BBC’s discretion)

  • Entry is only open to anyone who at 12 February 2023 is over the age of 18
  • Entry is open to anyone NOT considered to be a resident of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
  • The entrants warrant, by submitting plays, that each play:
    • is the original work of the entrants
    • is not an adaptation of an earlier work (for example, a novel)
    • will 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) before 31 March 2024
    • will not have been offered for publication, performance or broadcast or produced in any other form or medium to any other person or company before 31 March 2024, and
    • will not have been entered for any other competition before 31 March 2024.
    • The play must be written substantially or entirely in English. Entries that have been translated must acknowledge this fact by giving a credit to the translator or translators. Entries that have been translated will be entered in the English as a first language category.

Both winners will attend an award ceremony in London and see their plays being recorded for broadcast and streaming on BBC World Service. A Special Commendation will be made for the runner-up in honour of the BBC World Service journalist and writer Georgi Markov (1929-1978).


Midnight (GMT) on Sunday 12th February 2023.

Published on:
29 Nov 2022
Opportunity deadline:
12 Feb 2023


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