Deadline: February 12, 2023

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

They are looking for entries in two categories: English as a First Language and English as a Second Language. The two first prizes can come from either category.

Both winners will attend an award ceremony in London and see their plays being recorded for broadcast and streaming on BBC World Service. A Special Commendation will be made for the runner-up in honour of the BBC World Service journalist and writer Georgi Markov (1929-1978).


  • Cash Prize: £2,500 sterling (or the equivalent in a local currency at the BBC’s discretion).
  • A trip to London (standard airfare and accommodation for one person) to see the winning play being recorded and attend a prize-giving event.


  • Open to anyone who at February 12, 2023, is over the age of 18 and not considered to be a resident of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, or Isle of Man (“UK”).
  • Professional and previously published writers are eligible to enter, but this is not a requirement for entry. They may require proof of eligibility.
  • Entrants must not be BBC, BBC Group company, or British Council employees, close relatives of such employees, or any person connected to the competition. Proof of age, identity, and eligibility may be requested.
  • Entrants should write a radio play of approximately fifty-three minutes’ length on any subject of their choice.


To enter, you’ll need to complete the online application form, and supply the following:

  • The script for your 53-minutes radio play with up to six central characters. This should be submitted as a PDF file.
  • A written synopsis outlining the complete story of your play. This should be no more than 400words long and submitted as a PDF file


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