The Charles Parker Prize 2020 for the Best Student Radio Feature

The Trust is delighted to be able to announce that in 2020 BBC Radio 4 is again joining with the Charles Parker Awards to offer a broadcast slot on the network to each of the five entrants adjudged to have most successfully used the radio feature medium. Each winning student producer will be invited to collaborate with a coach drawn from some of the very best feature-makers working in radio in order to adapt their features, as necessary, for network transmission. These special prize commissions will be selected by a judging panel chaired by Simon Elmes.

The Gold Award winner and the four other winning features will be commissioned through the independent radio production company Soundscape Productions, co-ordinators of the Charles Parker Prize since 2010.

In addition, the programme judged to be overall winner will receive the Charles Parker Gold Award and a prize consisting of a BBC-standard SADiE6 editing system worth over £2,000.

What they’re looking for…

  • Because of Radio 4’s slot requirements, all entries MUST have a minimum duration of 10 minutes, and a maximum duration of 15 minutes.
  • For CPA 2020, they’re looking for programmes that innovatively capture the spirit of ordinary lives, their voices and their tunes, reinvented for the digital, multiplatform age.
  • Your entry will have a sparklingly original idea, use the medium of radio feature to explore it to the full with humanity and imagination and, of course, make for a riveting audio presentation with storytelling at its heart.


23.59 on Monday 24 February 2020.

A shortlist of features will be announced in Mid-March with the nominees being invited to the award ceremony which will take place during the Annual Charles Parker Day which will take place at Birmingham City University on Friday 3 April 2020.

Published on:
7 Feb 2020


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