Twisted Tales in Lockdown! Radio Play Competition- £500 prize money

‘Owdyado Theatre (Cornwall) are running a writing competition for original short scripts up to 5 minutes in length that can be made into radio plays.

– Scripts must be ‘twisted’ in some way and use the theme ‘isolation’.

– Scripts must be suitable for a maximum of 2 actors, (1 male, 1 female)

– Scripts must be free of copyrighted music.

‘Owdyado love stories that are thought-provoking, surprising or darkly comic. If you need inspiration have a browse through their website at their previous shows, particularly their ‘Twisted Tales’ series.

They will select 5  favourite scripts to record and will make these available on their website once they are completed. Winners will also receive £500 in prize money each. 


11:59pm Friday 22nd May 2020.


Please visit for details on how to submit your script.

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Event dates:
5 Apr 2020 -
10 May 2020


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  1. What about submissions from Republic of Ireland?

    by Mick Donnellan
    6:09 pm, 12 May 2020
    1. Hi Mick

      As with all opportunities and events on this page- I’m afraid I’m just promoting external projects you might find interesting. Please follow the link to speak to the Twisted Tales organizers directly



      by Chloe Smith
      10:04 am, 13 May 2020
  2. Why are all these little lockdown competitions asking for pieces that are SO SHORT? Five minutes give you no space for any kind of story arc. There are no five-minute plays on Radio 4, so we can assume this format is not popular with audiences, and there’s little possibility of any larger life for the piece– except in creating a character and a voice that might be worked into something with a bit more heft later.

    by Duncan Turner
    10:03 am, 13 May 2020
    1. Hi

      I wouldn’t want to speak for the organisers directly- but I wonder if they want to be respectful of writers time to write speculatively with no guarantee of winning. If they’re thinking of recording them for video shorter videos tend to get higher viewing figures too- in that way short pieces are pretty popular with audiences. There are certainly limitations to the monologue format though- hopefully in these pages you’ll find some other opportunities with a broader remit. I’ll keep updating opps as I find them too


      Chloe Smith
      Bruntwood Prize Co-ordinator

      by Chloe Smith
      3:19 pm, 14 May 2020