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Open Call: International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018


DeadlineJanuary 31, 2018


Are you a promising writer living outside the UK? Would you like to win a trip to London and have your play broadcast globally on BBC World Service?



Writers from around the world are invited to submit scripts for the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018.

The global competition hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with co-producers The Open University, offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to have their radio play heard across the globe by the BBC World Service's millions of listeners.

Whether you're an established or a completely new writer, the International Radio Playwriting Competition welcomes scripts from anyone outside of the UK. The radio dramas can be on any subject you like, as long as they are 53 minutes long.

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 travel to London, attend an award ceremony and see their plays recorded before they're broadcast on the BBC World Service.

There is also a third award — the Georgi Markov prize — which celebrates the most promising script from the shortlist, in honour of BBC World Service Journalist and writer Georgi Markov (1929—1978). The winner of this prize will also travel to London for the award ceremony and spend two weeks being mentored by BBC Radio Drama and BBC World Service.

Last year we received 1,000 entries from a record 112 countries. Writers from Papua New Guinea, the Phillipines, Brazil, Canada, Nigeria, India, Australia, South Africa, Jamaica and the USA all made the shortlist.


At a glance:


Who is eligible to apply?
The International Playwriting Competition welcomes scripts from anyone outside the UK, whether established or new writers. 

What type of radio drama should I write?
The dramas need to be 53 minutes long and can be on any subject.

How do I apply? 
Visit the BBC website for full details about how to apply.

When is the deadline?
Wednesday January 31 2018 at midnight (GMT).

Who is on the panel?
The judging panel will be announced shortly. Previous judges have included Kwame Kwei Armah, Dame Eileen Atkins, Doris Lessing, Roy Williams and Indira Varma.


Find out more at theatreanddance.britishcouncil.org