Deadline: 12th February 2023 | Writers from around the world are invited to submit their scripts as the 28th International Radio Playwriting Competition opens for entries today, 24 October 2022.

The global competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, offers the unique opportunity for writers to use the medium of audio drama to tell stories for an international audience.

“We are looking for entries in the two categories: English As A First Language and English As A Second Language. Two writers will win an invitation to attend an award ceremony in London and will get the remarkable opportunity to see their plays being recorded for broadcast and streaming on BBC World Service. A Special Commendation will be made for a runner-up in honour of the BBC World Service journalist and writer Georgi Markov (1929-1978).”

The two winners can come from either category and there will also be regional winners named to showcase the best writing from across the globe.

The last competition in 2019/20 attracted 850 entries from 104 countries, with regional winners coming from Colombia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago.

Find out more and apply at the official link below:


Apply before 12th February, 2023