International Radio Playwriting Competition 2016

British Council

Would you like to win £2,200 and a trip to London to see your play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service? 

The British Council is proud to be supporting the 25th International Radio Playwriting Competition. This is a unique opportunity to tell your story and have it heard by a truly global audience. You don't need to be an established writer to enter – one of last year's winners had never written a play before, so what have you got to lose?  

There are two first prize categories – one for writers with English as their first language and one for writers with English as their second language. There is also a prize for the script which shows the most promise, with the opportunity to take part in a two-week residency with the BBC's London Radio Drama department and BBC World Service.

Last year's winner - Virginia Jekanyika, from Zimbabwe
2013/14 International Radio Playwriting Competition winner Virginia Jekanyika, from Zimbabwe, in the BBC studio ©


"I feel like my little voice has been amplified to the world and the story of many African women has been told." – Virginia Jekanyika

Virginia Jekanyika from Zimbabwe won the English as a Second Language category in 2013/14 with her play The Cactus Flowers and Angella Emwuron from Uganda won the same prize in 2012 with her play Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence. Can you make it three African winners in a row?

Looking for some inspiration? Get some tips for writing radio drama in this video and join in the conversation on Twitter using #BBCPlay.

Your play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium. The deadline for entries is 31 January 2016.

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