International Radio Playwriting Competition

Tags: New Writing

A competition for writers from around the world to have their play broadcast on the BBC World Service

  • Winners of the 24th International Playwright Competition from left to right: Alana Valentine, Ana Gonzalez Bello and Virginia Jekanyika (c) Hannah Robins, BBC

The Competition

Now in its twenty-fifth year, the British Council is delighted to be supporting the International Radio Playwriting Competition in partnership with BBC World ServiceCommonwealth Writers and co-producers The Open University.

There are two first prize categories – one for writers with English as their first language and one for writers with English as their second language. The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium. The winners will each receive £2,000 and a trip to London to see their plays being recorded for broadcast on BBC World Service.

In addition, the Georgi Markov award honours the shortlisted script which shows the most promise, with the opportunity to take part in a two-week residency with the BBC's London Radio Drama department and with BBC World Service.

Throughout the competition BBC World Service will be giving out advice on air for writers looking for inspiration. On social media we’ll be sharing more tips for aspiring playwrights via BBC World Service, British Council, Commonwealth Writers and The Open University. Look on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter at #BBCPlay.

The competition is now open and the submission deadline is 31 January 2016. 


Find out more about the competition and how to enter


Find out about previous competitions, the winners and their plays


Get advice from the experts with videos, podcasts, articles and free courses from the Open Universiy

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