Playwright Neil Flynn has been awarded first prize for the 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition

Neil’s script ONCE UPON A CLOCK was also Longlisted in this years Bruntwood Prize Competition.

Flynn’s International Playwriting Competition winning script titled ‘The Snowman’, inspired by the story of explorer Tom Crean’s efforts to save a fellow crew member, was chosen as the winning entry out of 850 submissions from more than 100 countries worldwide.

It is the first time that the international award has been won by an Irish person. The Snowman is a lyrical monologue about an Antarctic explorer’s desperate attempts to make it back to base camp.

Flynn was notified that he had won the competition in 2020, however the award of the prize was suddenly placed on hold due the outbreak of the global pandemic.

“After a long two-year wait caused by the global pandemic, it has been fantastic to finally be able to welcome our winners to the BBC in London to record their plays and celebrate their achievement,” said Toby Swift Executive Editor, BBC Audio Drama, London, “Neil Flynn’s beautifully lyrical monologue has been a joy for our team to work on and we look forward to sharing it with the world in February”.

The Snowman was selected by an esteemed judging panel, which included award-winning audio drama writer and producer, Patricia Cumper MBE, FRSA, renowned stage and television actor, Nina Sosanya, and development producer, script editor and actor Nigel Hastings. Within the same competition, author Ainur Karim, from Kazakhstan, won first prize for the “English as a second language” category for her play “The Passport”.

The Snowman starring Damien Molony (No Man’s Land, The Split) with original score by Jon Nicholls debuts on the BBC Radio Drama on Saturday with repeat broadcast on Sunday.


The International Radio Playwriting Competition is supported by The British Council and welcomes scripts from anyone outside the UK, whether established or new writers- you can enter the current round of the International Radio Playwriting Competition until Feb 12th 2023. More here: International Radio Playwriting Competition – The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting (

Published on:
15 Feb 2023


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