Prizes

If your play is a winner, here's what happens next...

English as a First Language Winner

£2000 sterling will be given for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a first language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.

English as a Second Language Winner

£2000 sterling will be given for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a second language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.

The Georgi Markov Prize

In memory of the writer, BBC World Service journalist and broadcaster Georgi Markov (1929-1978) who championed freedom of creative expression, this is an additional prize in this year’s International Radio Playwriting Competition, for the writer of the script identified by the judges as showing most promise. The script will be selected from the International Radio Playwriting Competition shortlist and will be an entry which, whilst not deemed ready for broadcast in its current form, shows outstanding potential.

The prize includes a standard return flight to London, with 2 weeks accommodation – a week of which will be spent with the BBC’s London Radio Drama department and a week with BBC World Service. These 2 weeks will coincide with the making of the winning plays from the International Radio Playwriting Competition and the winner of the Georgi Markov prize will attend the prize-giving ceremony and receive recognition at the same time.

This prize does not include recording or broadcast of the script and there is no cash alternative

The prize has been established by the BBC World Service and its Writer in Residence and the Open University, in association with Annabel and Sasha Markova

Regional Winners

Winners will be grouped according to their geographical location –

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Caribbean
  • The Americas
  • Europe
  • The Pacific
  • The Middle East

Once the two winning plays and the winner of the Georgi Markov award have been selected, the best plays from the remaining geographical locations will be selected and will receive a prize in the form of a certificate.