A Paid Travel Opportunity to London at the International Radio Play-writing Competition 2020

Date limite : 31 janv. 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: BBC World News

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A Paid Travel Opportunity to London at the International Radio Play-writing 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. Entrants should write a radio play of approximately fifty-three minutes’ length on any subject of their choice. 


  • The competition is open to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK and are aged over 18 on 31 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.


There are two categories for entry. One is for entrants who speak English as a first language and the other is for entrants with English as a second language. The BBC may require proof of eligibility for the selected category before announcing a winner. For translated entries, it is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure the translated script fully complies with the rules and entry requirements and the entrant must have the right to enter into a contract on the translator or translators’ behalf as the rule: "No additional payment can be made by the BBC for translations." 


All scripts submitted must be approximately 53 minutes in length – this usually equates to a minimum of 45 pages of A4 paper (or equivalent) and a maximum of 65 pages (note, a rough guide is a minute per page; entrant should read and time his play before he sends it). The play should have a maximum of six central characters (there may be up to 3 small “doubling” characters too, who don’t have more than a few lines each). There must be no central roles for children. Word count approx. 9000-10000 words. 

The script should be accompanied by a short synopsis that outlines the complete story of the play. This must be no more than 400 words.


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 programs and publicity. The prize is as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives.

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