The British Council’s Playwriting Competition

21 Jan

We found this at The British Council’s website:, and it looked like a mighty fine opportunity to share with all budding writers! The prize is £2,000 (about two lakh INR), and a trip to London to see your play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service. Read on for all the details below –

The Competition

Now in its 24th year we are delighted to be launching this year’s International Radio Playwriting Competition in partnership with BBC World Service, Commonwealth Writers and co-producers The Open University.

The playwriting competition is open to anyone resident outside Britain to write a 53-minute radio play.

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. The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium. The winners will each receive £2,000 and a trip to London to see their plays being recorded for broadcast on BBC World Service.

In addition, this year sees the introduction of the Georgi Markov prize for the most promising script.

Throughout the competition BBC World Service will be giving out advice on air for writers looking for inspiration. On social media we’ll be sharing more tips for aspiring playwrights via BBC World Service, British Council, Commonwealth Writers and The Open University. Look on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter at #BBCPlay.

Further details on the competition including how to enter are online at the BBC:

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