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1. You are asked to write a radio play of about sixty minutes on any subject of your choice. This means that your finished script should be a minimum of 50 pages of A4 or foolscap paper (or equivalent) and a maximum of 75 pages (note, a rough guide is a minute per page; read and time your play if you can before you send it!). The play should have a maximum of six central characters.

2. The play must be the original, unpublished work of the person submitting it. It must not have been previously produced, in any medium.

3. The contest is open to any writer who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom.

4. No individual may submit more than one play.

5. The play must be written substantially or entirely in English. We do not have the facility to offer a translation service. As well as being broadcast, the winning entry may be considered for future publication.

6. Each entrant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2003. No further correspondence can or will be entered into.

7. The play entered in the competition must not, at the time it is submitted, be offered for publication or broadcasting in any other form or medium, and competitors will be deemed to have entered into an undertaking not to accept offers for their entries from other broadcasters or publishers before 31 December 2003.

8. The decision of the judging panel is final and incontestable.

9. No manuscripts will be returned by the BBC.

10. In respect of the winning entry, subject to a satisfactory recording being made, the winning play will be broadcast on BBC World Service in November 2003. No fee will be payable other than the £2500 sterling offered as prize money for one broadcast cycle on World Service. If repeated on the World Service a fee of 50% of £2500 will be payable for the first repeat cycle and thereafter, the BBC will be entitled to broadcasting and other rights on the terms of the applicable BBC Radio Drama contract.

11. In respect of all other entries, the entering of any play for competition shall constitute a grant to the BBC of broadcasting rights in the play of the terms of the applicable BBC Radio Drama commissioning contract.

12. The BBC and the British Council reserve the right to withhold prizes in whole or in part if, in the opinion of the judges, the standard of entries so warrants.

13. It is a condition of entry that entrants warrant that their work contains no defamatory matter (provided, however, that they shall not be liable for any defamatory matter which in the opinion of the BBC was included in the script without negligence or malice on their part), also that it does not contain any quotation from copyright material without appropriate permission having been obtained.

14. The BBC and British Council may consider arranging for the publication of a book containing some of the plays entered in the Competition. To make this possible, it is desirable that writers retain their publishing copyright until 31 December 2004.

15. All plays must reach us in London by 30 April 2003. No exceptions will be made.

16. Shortlisted plays will be posted on the website on September 2003. The announcement of the winning plays will be made on September 2003.

17. The overall winning plays will be recorded in October 2003 and the playwrights invited to attend the production process and a prize-giving event.

Please return your completed entry forms with your play to: BBC World Service Drama, Playwriting Competition 2003, Room 118 EW Bush House, London WC2B 4PH, United Kingdom OR to your local British Council office.

Or by email to


Please read the rules and abide by them. If a play is either too short or much too long it may be disqualified.

Please do not send your only copy. Manuscripts are not returned under any circumstances.

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

Remember to enclose your completed entry form with your script.

Please do not send cassettes, CD's, 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 rules and abide by
   them. If a play is either too short or
   too long it may be disqualified

 Remember to enclose your
   completed entry form with your
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