BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition 2013: Win £2000 and Trip to London

Deadline: January 31, 2013

BBC World Drama is pleased to invite Playwrights worldwide to enter the 2013 BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition in partnership with the British Council. The playwriting competition welcomes scripts from anyone living outside the UK, whether established or new, and encourages writers to use the immense power and accessibility of the medium of radio drama – to tell your story, use your imagination and have your “voice” heard.

Reading your plays – and hearing the winning plays on air – is a unique way for BBC to hear what’s happening around the world.



There are two first prizes:

  • the best radio play by a writer with English as their first language
  • the best by a writer with English as their second language

The overall winners will each receive £2000 sterling and a trip to London to see their play being recorded for broadcast on BBC World Service. Now in its 24th year, the competition has some exciting additions!

This year’s competition is run in partnership with Commonwealth Writers again and the co-producers – The Open University. This has allowed BBC to introduce another prize – the Georgi Markov prize for the most promising script.


  • Entry is only open to anyone who is over the age of 18 as at 31 January 2014 who is not normally a resident of the UK. This may include anyone living/working in the UK on a temporary basis (up to 12 months) at the time of entering the competition. Professional and previously published writers are eligible to enter, but this is not a requirement of entry. We may require proof of eligibility.
  • Entrants must not be BBC or British Council or The Open University or Commonwealth Foundation employees, their close relatives or any person connected to the competition. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.
  • Entrants are to make a 53 minute radio play, write a synopsis of no more than 400 words, and complete the entry form.
  • Read the detailed rules and guidelines on how to enter carefully before applying.

For more information, click here.