Apply For BBC World Service Playwriting Competition 2018

Apply For BBC World Service Playwriting Competition 2018


Are you that kind of person that desires to set the world on fire with your talent in scriptwriting ? If so, the 2018 International Radio Playwriting Competition is for you! Hurry and grab the opportunity now…There are a lot of goodies attached to it-2,200 Sterling,a trip to London and your successful entry would be on a broadcast across the world on BBC World Service.The deadline of the application is 31 January 2018.


¶Anyone aged 18 or over and living outside the UK – whether you’re an established writer, Amateur and vice versa.

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

¶The entrants must submit the plays which:
a) is the original work of the entrants

b) is not an adaptation of an earlier work .

c) will not have been professionally produced in any medium before 31 March 2019.

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 2019

e) will not have been entered for any other competition before 31 March 2019.

Prizes attached to it

√Two first prizes – for 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.

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√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.

How to send your entry

The competition is open from 3 October 2017 to 31 January 2018.
√A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters – we are unable to return these, so make sure you keep a copy

√A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words

√A completed entry form Ist formnternational_Radio_Playwriting_Competition_2018_entry, attached to your play and synopsis.Or you can complete and submit your entry online via by uploading your play and synopsis along with your personal details.

Ajayi Mary


I am cool,calm and collected. What brings me out of my shell is writing, because I believe that apart from your tongue,your greatest power to move your world permeates around the petite thing called pen.