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BBC Audio Drama Awards 2015

Entries are now closed

The hotly contested BBC Audio Drama Awards return for a fourth year to celebrate the exceptional talent, originality and vibrancy of audio drama. Entries are now closed.

Lenny Henry hosting the 2014 BBC Audio Drama Awards

The awards pay tribute to the cultural significance of audio drama, on air and online, and are intended to give recognition to the creativity of the actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work in the genre.

Following on from last year’s hugely successful ceremony hosted by Lenny Henry, the BBC Audio Drama Awards are once again calling for entries from all makers of audio drama, both for the BBC and other broadcasters, analogue, digital and online.

The BBC is delighted also to be joining forces again with the Society of Authors and Writers’ Guild of Great Britain to announce and celebrate the winners of this year’s Imison Award for best original radio drama by a writer new to radio, and the Tinniswood Award for best original radio drama script.

Long-listed entries will be announced on Tuesday 18 November, with the shortlist on Tuesday 6 January 2015 and the winners revealed at a ceremony to be held on Sunday 1 February 2015 in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, London.

The 2015 award categories open for nominations are:

• Best Audio Drama (Original Single)

• Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial)

• Best Audio Drama (Adaptation)

• Best Actor in an Audio Drama

• Best Actress in an Audio Drama

• Best Supporting Actor/Actress in an Audio Drama

• Best Actor/Actress in a Debut Role

• Best Use of Sound in an Audio Drama

• Best Scripted Comedy Drama (script award)

• Best Scripted Comedy with a Live Audience (script award)

• Best Online or Non-Broadcast

Download the entry form here.

Rules of entry

1. The BBC Audio Drama Awards will cover audio dramas first broadcast in English in the UK between 1 October 2013 and 31 October 2014 or first uploaded/published/released for free listening online in the UK during the same period. Productions may be entered from anywhere in the world subject to these criteria.

2. Entries may be made by producers, directors or senior executives with a maximum of 4 entries per individual and no more than one entry per individual in any one category.

3. There is no restriction in length but the drama must be submitted exactly as broadcast or uploaded, with the exception of entries for Best Supporting Actor/Actress (see below).

4. Entry forms should be emailed to:

5. The closing date for electronic submissions is midnight on Friday 10 October 2014.

6. In addition to the emailed form, send the audio of each entry in MP3 format only via WeTransfer or other cloud storage sites to The filename of each entry should be labelled with the title of the production and the award category. Please do not send the audio directly as an email attachment.

7. There is no entry fee.

8. For entries for Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial) one episode only should be submitted. In instances where an omnibus edition exists, this can represent the production. This category includes adaptations from other sources as well as original audio dramas.

9. The Best Supporting Actor/Actress award may be given for a single performance or may be used to recognise a body of work broadcast within the dates stipulated in Rule 1. In this case, a showcase of relevant clips should be compiled as supporting material with a maximum total duration of 60 minutes.

10. Entries for Best Actor/Actress in a Debut Role should reflect first professional engagements only.

11. In both Best Scripted Comedy categories, entries may be for single plays or for single episodes from a series/serial. No production may be entered into more than one Comedy category.

12. Entries for the Best Scripted Comedy categories should submit the script either as a Word document or as a PDF file.

13. The Best Online or Non-Broadcast category is intended to recognise quality work which has been made available on other platforms accessible within the UK (e.g. downloads, streaming, commercial productions). Entries must be original full-cast dramas or comedies, and commercial releases are eligible for this category only. 4 entries per production company – not individual – may be entered for this category.

The judging

A number of panels will listen to the submissions and choose winners for each category. The judges will come from the BBC and outside.

Shortlisted entries

Long-listed entries will be announced on Tuesday 18 November, with the shortlist on Tuesday 6 January 2015.

The winners

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House London on the evening of Sunday 1 February 2015. Three guests will be invited to attend for each shortlisted entry.