International Radio Playwriting Competition

BBC World Service | Deadline: January 31, 2014

The end is in the beginning and yet you go on Samuel Beckett

An opportunity for writers living outside of the UK to have their 53 minute radio play produced and receive a £2,000 prize.

BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition in partnership with the British Council welcomes scripts from anyone living outside the UK, whether an established or new writer. It encourages writers to use the immense power and accessibility of the medium of radio drama – to tell their story, use their imagination and have their “voice” heard.

Now in its 24th year, the competition has some exciting additions!

There are two first prizes: one for writers with English is a first language, the other for those with English as a second language. Each winner will receive £2,000 and a trip to London to see their play recorded at the BBC and to attend a prize giving ceremony. Each play will then be broadcast on the World Service.

This year, there is also a new award – The Georgi Markov Prize, for the writer of the script identified by the judges as showing most promise. The prize includes a 2 week trip to London to spend with the BBC, and to come to the prize giving ceremony.

There will also be certificates for the best play from each of these world regions: Asia, Africa, Caribbean, The Americas, Europe, The Pacific & The Middle East.

Deadline: scripts must be submitted before midnight GMT on the 31st January 2014.

For more information, terms and conditions and how to enter visit the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2013 page.

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