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Alana Valentine, Ana Gonzalez Bello and Virginia Jekanyika

We are delighted to announce the winners of the English as a Second language category, English as a First language category, the Georgi Markov prize and the regional winners from this year’s competition.

Winner of English as a Second Language prize

The Cactus Flowers

by Virginia Jekanyika, Zimbabwe

Three women are trying to pull themselves out of poverty in Kariba, Zimbabwe, by starting their own fishing business. Just as things start to go their way, they are hit by a sudden tragedy, which results in a bitter betrayal and a struggle for survival. A bitter-sweet story of family and friendship.

This play is also the regional winner for Africa.

Meet Virginia

Winner of English as a First Language prize

The Ravens

by Alana Valentine, Australia

Struggling to escape the world of prostitution, Kira has recently received a large sum of compensation money. Unsure what to do with it, and under pressure from an old friend, Kira meets Nina, a social worker in training, and an unlikely friendship develops.

This play is also the regional winner for the Pacific.

Meet Alana

Winner of the Georgi Markov prize

Diablo and Romina

by Ana Gonzalez-Bello, Mexico

Roxanne Romina lives with her mother in a small town in the south east of Mexico, where nothing ever happens to her, except being picked on. That is, until her cousin Frank returns from America and everything changes.

This play is also the regional winner for the Americas.

Meet Ana

Regional Winners


Disciples by Joshua Lim So, The Philippines


Wild Horses by Kenrick Alexander Sharpe, Jamaica


The Hanging by Peter Auf der Heyde (writing as Thamsanqa Keti), Germany

Middle East

Like Amber and Musk by Kate Lord Brown, Qatar

Shortlisted Plays

English as a First Language

Bombshell by Fiona Looney, Ireland

Death and Taxis by Joanne Carpenter, Kenya

Learning to Swim by Orla Murphy, Ireland

Outside the Wire by Genne Murphy, USA

Recombination by Cassie Gonzales, Sweden

English as a Second language

Eulogy by Maxwell Vincent Omondi, Kenya

The Guilt by Camila Vergara Pena, Colombia

The Hanging by Thamsanqa Keti, Germany

A Martini with Orson Welles by Elia Gonella, Italy

Longlisted Plays

English as a First Language

The Expert Gravedigger by Ogochukwu Nwokedi, Nigeria

Mystery of the Diamond Studded Belt by Lena Barkin & Alexander Eby, USA

Pressure by Jerry Newman, USA

English as a Second language

The Dead Ones are Lucky by Desmond Ntshalintshali, South Africa

Lenin's Shoe by Saviana Stanescu, USA

The Trip by Manjima Chatterjee, India

Toilets are for Something Fishy by Dilman Dila, Uganda

Thank you to everyone who entered. The breadth and range of plays was astonishing. A new Competition will be announced in October 2015.