Apply now for the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018!

Would you like to win £2,200 sterling, a trip to London and have your play broadcast across the world on BBC World Service? The 2018 International Radio Playwriting Competition is now open to entries!


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Organization/Company: The BBC is the largest broadcasting organisation in the world. Its mission is to enrich people's lives with programmes that inform, educate and entertain. It is a public service broadcaster, established by a Royal Charter and funded by the licence fee that is paid by UK households. The BBC uses the income from the licence fee to provide services including 8 national TV channels plus regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations and an extensive website. BBC World Service broadcasts to the world on radio, on TV and online, providing news and information in 27 languages. The BBC also has a commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. Its profits are returned to the BBC for investment in new programming and services.

Their values

- Trust is the foundation of the BBC: they are independent, impartial and honest

- Audiences are at the heart of everything they do

- They take pride in delivering quality and value for money

- Creativity is the lifeblood of their organisation

- They respect each other and celebrate diversity so that everyone can give their best


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Open To: All citizens (not residents of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man) meeting the requirements


Timeframe: The competition is open from 3 October 2017 to 31 January 2018


Deadline: 31 January 2018


Competition description: The 2018 International Radio Playwriting Competition is now open to entries. Entrants should write a radio play of approximately fifty three minutes’ length on any subject of their choice. The play must be written substantially or entirely in English

The entrants warrant, by submitting plays, that the play:

- is the original work of the entrants

- is not an adaptation of an earlier work (for example a novel)

- will not have been professionally produced in any medium (an informal play-reading is acceptable, a play-reading with a professional director and in front of a non-paying audience is acceptable, but a performance involving payment to actors and/or a paying audience is not) before 31 March 2019

- will not have been offered for publication, performance or broadcast or produced in any other form or medium to any other person or company before 31 March 2019

- will not have been entered for any other competition before 31 March 2019

All scripts submitted must be approximately 53 minutes in length – this usually equates to a minimum of 45 pages of A4 paper (or equivalent) and a maximum of 65 pages. The play should have a maximum of six central characters. There must be no central roles for children. Word count approx. 9000-10000 words. The script should be accompanied by a short synopsis which outlines the complete story of the play This must be no more than 400 words

There are three prizes to be won

- Two first prizesfor the best radio plays by writers with either English as their first language or English as their second language. Both winners’ plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service

- In addition there’s the Georgi Markov prize for the most promising script. This prize gives the winner a chance to come to London for two weeks and work alongside BBC Radio Drama and with BBC World Service journalists



- Entry is only open to anyone who is over the age of 18 as at 31 January 2018 who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man (“UK”). Individuals who have lived or worked in the UK on a temporary basis for no more than 12 months at the time of entering the competition are also eligible

- Entrants must not be BBC, BBC Group company, British Council, The Open University, Commonwealth Foundation employees or close relatives of such employees or any person connected to the competition. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested


Wage/Fees:  The prize for each of the two winners (which can come from either the English as a 1st language category or the English as a 2nd language category) will consist of £2200 sterling and a trip to London (standard airfare and accommodation for one person) to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and attend a prize-giving event. The winners should make themselves available for other BBC programmes and publicity. The prize is as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives


Application process: You can complete and submit your entry online here by uploading the play , the synopsis along with all personal details


Useful links:

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Useful informations: Entrants can enter individually or as part of a group. If entering as a group, all entrants must meet the entry requirements and be eligible for the same category. No member should have also entered individually. Please note, the prize only includes payment for one airfare per category. In the case of an entry by two or more writers, the BBC will need written or email confirmation from each writer involved that they are prepared to take a share of the prize money and are prepared to receive those funds from a nominee who will be one of the writers, as the prize money will be paid to one individual only. The nominee will be selected by the writers and it will be his or her responsibility to distribute these funds to the other writers and the organisers can take no responsibility for that aspect


Contact information: BBC London, 2nd Floor, Peel Wing, BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA

Phone: 020 7224 2000


edited by  Giorgia Maddalon

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