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Saturday, February 4, 2023

The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2023


Deadline: February 12, 2023

Writers from around the world are invited to submit their scripts for the 28th International Radio Playwriting Competition, which is now open for entries.

The global competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, offers the unique opportunity for writers from outside the UK to use the medium of audio drama to tell stories for an international audience.

We are looking for entries in two categories: English as a First Language and English as a Second Language. The two first prizes can come from either category.

Both winners will attend an award ceremony in London and see their plays being recorded for broadcast and streaming on BBC World Service. A Special Commendation will be made for the runner-up in honour of the BBC World Service journalist and writer Georgi Markov (1929-1978).

Please read the competition rules and our privacy notice before entering.

Submit your entry online - or download an entry form to enter via post or email.

Entries close at midnight GMT on 12 February 2023.

To enter, you’ll need to complete the form below, and supply us with:

· The script for your 53-minute radio play with up to six central characters.

· A written synopsis outlining the complete story of your play. This should be no more than 400 words.

· A completed entry form (see below).

Please note:

· The competition closes for entries at midnight GMT on 12 February 2023 and is only open to writers outside of the UK. Entrants must also be over the age of 18 as of 12 February 2023.

· We will be unable to enter into any correspondence, except with shortlisted entries, and we are also unable to acknowledge receipt of scripts.

· Please do not send us amendments or further drafts once your play has been submitted.

· Please do not send cassettes, CDs, DVDs, mp3s, videos or sheet music with your play – it is not necessary at the entry level and they cannot be returned to you.

· Please read the Terms and Conditions and abide by them. If a play is either too short or excessively long it may be disqualified.

Complete the entry form and send it along with your play and synopsis either:


International Playwriting Competition 2023
BBC Audio Drama London
Room 6015
Broadcasting House
Portland Place
London W1A 1AA
United Kingdom


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