31 January 2020 midnight GMT





The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020

The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 – from the BBC World Service and British Council in partnership with Commonwealth Writers – is an opportunity for writers from outside the UK to tell their stories.

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There are two categories for entry – one for entrants who speak English as a first language and the other for entrants with English as a second language – and the prize includes a trip to London to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Writing

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Not specific.

The competition runs from 1 October 2019 to midnight GMT 31 January 2020 

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Entry is open to anyone who is over the age of 18 as at 31st January 2020.
  • Entrants must not be BBC, BBC Group company, British Council or Commonwealth Foundation employees, close relatives of such employees or any person connected to the competition. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.
  • Entrants should write a radio play of approximately fifty three minutes’ length on any subject of their choice.
  • The entrants warrant, by submitting plays, that the play:
    a) is the original work of the entrants,
    b) is not an adaptation of an earlier work (for example a novel),
    c) will not have been professionally produced in any medium.
    d) 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 2021, and
    e) will not have been entered for any other competition before 31 March 2021.
    A breach of these warranties will result in disqualification from the competition.

To know more about the rules click here.

Opportunity Cost


  • 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 £2500 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.

How to Apply

First Step: In order to enter you need to send:

  • A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to six central characters.
  • A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words.
  • For more information click Here

Second Step: Download the application form here.

Third Step: Complete the entry form and sent it along with your play and synopsis, either:

  • By post to:
    International Playwriting Competition 2020
    BBC Radio Drama
    Room 6015
    Broadcasting House
    Portland Place
    London W1A 1AA
    United Kingdom
  • To your local British Council Office


  • By email directly to:

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