Thursday 05 October 2017 - 00:00 to Wednesday 31 January 2018 - 09:00

The 26th BBC World Service∙British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition is open! Please share the competition with your contacts, especially those in playwriting, radio and literature.

The global competition hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with co-producers The Open University, offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to have their radio play heard across the globe by the BBC World Service's millions of listeners. Whether you're an established or a completely new writer, the International Radio Playwriting Competition welcomes scripts from anyone outside of the UK. The radio dramas can be on any subject you like, as long as they are 53 minutes long.

The competition is open to anybody over the age of 18 who is living outside of the UK, whether they’re a new or established writer. Last year we received 1,000 entries from a record 112 countries and we’re hoping to break that record this year! 

International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018


  • Writers for English as a First Language
  • Writers for English as a Second Language
  • Georgi Markov Prize: Celebrates the most promising script from the shortlist, in honour of BBC World Service Journalist and writer Georgi Markov (1929-1978). 


  • £2,200 sterling and a trip to London and have your play broadcast across the world on BBC World Service

How to enter

  • It is opened to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK and are 18 or over.
  • 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 (here), attached to your play and synopsis. Or you can complete and submit your entry online (here) by uploading your play and synopsis along with your personal details.


  • Deadline: 31 January 2018
  • Entries must be submitted: one of the following ways
- By post to the following address:
International Playwriting Competition 2018, BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom
British Council Korea: British Council 2F, 19 Seosomun-ro 11-gil (B-dong, Paichai Jeongdong Building, 34-5 Jeong-dong), Jung-gu, Seoul, 04516, Korea


- By completing the online form at

- By email to the following email address: