BBC World Service & British Council’s International Radio Playwright Competition: Call for Submissions

Tue Jul 31, 2012

The International Radio Playwriting Competition is run by the BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers, and is now in its 23rd year.  Writers from around the world – resident outside Britain - are invited to send in their radio plays. The radio dramas must be 53 minutes long, for up to 6 characters, and on any subject.

Prizes: The two winners will come to London and see their play made into a full radio production, which will then be broadcast on the BBC World Service. They will also each receive a £2,000 prize and there are certificates for runners-up.


There are two 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The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium.

Application Process

Entries must be submitted either:

- by post to the following address: International Playwriting Competition 2012, BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom

- to your local British Council office

- or by email to the following email address:


For more information, visit:

Make sure that you read the full Rules before completing the Entry form.