BBC World Service / British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 | Win a trip to London + £2,500


Entries are invited from promising writer living outside the UK for the 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council. The deadline for submission of entries is 31st January, 2020.

BBC World Service : British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition

Are you a promising writer living outside the UK? Would you like to have your story heard by the world? You’re invited to submit your scripts for the 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition.



BBC World Service / British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition Eligibility.

  • Open to anyone over the age of 18 (as of 31 January 2020), who is not normally 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.

BBC World Service / British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition Prizes.

  • The two winners will have their plays recorded and broadcast on BBC World Service;
  • They will also receive £2,500 sterling and a trip to London (including airfare and accommodation for one person) where they will attend an award ceremony. They’re delighted to also be awarding a Special Commendation in the name of the writer Georgi Markov, for the play with most potential on the shortlist.

BBC World Service / British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition Entry Requirements.

  • The play can be on any subject you like and should be approximately 53 minutes length (this is a word count of approximately 9000-10,000 words).
  • The play should have a maximum of six central characters (although there may be up to three small “doubling” characters who don’t have more than a few lines each). There must be no central roles for children.

How to Enter BBC World Service / British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition.

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. You can apply by the following methods:

  • Online here
  • By e-mail to: radioplay@bbc.co.uk
  • In person at your local British Council office
  • By post to: International Playwriting Competition 2020, BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA United Kingdom

In order for your entry to be accepted it must be accompanied by a completed copy of the entry form which can be downloaded here.

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