International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020

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Are you a promising or a new writer living outside the UK and would like to have your story heard by the world? You’re invited to submit your scripts for the 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition. The deadline is on 31 January 2020.

Opportunity for Writers

The International Radio Playwriting Competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to have their radio play heard across the world by the BBC World Service’s millions of listeners.

This year the two first prizes can come from either the English as a First Language or the English as a Second Language category. Both winners will receive a cash prize of £2,500 sterling, travel to London to attend an award ceremony, and see their plays recorded before they’re broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Entrants should write a radio play of approximately 53 minutes’ length on any subject of their choice. The play must be written substantially or entirely in English. Your script should be accompanied by a short synopsis, of no more than 400 words, which outlines the complete story of the play.

Main criteria

  • Entry is open to anyone over the age of 18 (as of 31 January 2020);
  • Who is not  a resident of the United Kingdom;
  • Both new and established writers are encouraged to apply;
  • There are two categories for entry. One is for entrants who speak English as a first language, the other for entrants with English as a second language. The BBC may require proof of eligibility for the second category.

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