Radio Playwriting Competition

Monday, November 01, 2010 jeffrey siy 0 Comments

If you enjoy listening to radio dramas and dream of writing one, here is your chance. The British Council together with BBC world has recently launched an International Radio Playwriting Competition 2011. To join, you must create an original 60 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters. Two winners will each receive £2500 sterling and a trip to London to see the play being recorded and to attend a prize-giving evening. Contest is open worldwide so you better make that play stand out.



Contest Requirements:
  • Open to anyone who is over the age of 16 as of March 31, 2011 who is not normally a resident of the UK. This may include anyone living/working in the UK on a temporary basis (up to 12 months) at the time of entering the competition. Professional and previously published writers are eligible to enter, but this is not a requirement of entry.
  • Enter individually or as part of a group
Contest Mechanics:
  1. Write a radio play of approximately 60 minutes’ length on any subject of your choice
  2. Categories
    • English as a first language
    • English as a second language
  3. Entry Guidelines
    • Adaptations of novels are not eligible
    • Must not have been professionally produced in any medium
    • Must not be entered in any competition during the course of this contest
    • Minimum of 50 pages of A4 paper
    • Maximum of 75 pages NOTE: A rough guide is a minute per page; read and time your play before you send it
    • Maximum of six central characters (up to 3 small “doubling” characters who don’t have more than a few lines each)
    • Must be accompanied by a short synopsis which outlines the complete story of the play (no more than 400 words)
    • Must be written substantially or entirely in English
  4. One entry per person
  5. Download application form
  6. Submit application forms together with your entry via email to radioplay@bbc.co.uk or mail to
    • British Council
      10th Floor Taipan Place
      F. Ortigas Jr. Road
      Ortigas Center, Pasig City
  7. View complete contest mechanics
Contest Period: October 16 - March 25, 2011

Contest Prize:

  • Best play written with English as a first language - £2500 sterling and a trip to London to see the play being recorded and to attend a prize-giving evening
  • Best play written with English as a second language - £2500 sterling and a trip to London to see the play being recorded and to attend a prize-giving evening
  • Best radio play to be written from the following geographical areas: The Americas; Europe; Africa and the Middle East; South Asia; Russia and the Caucasus; Asia and Pacific - digital or short wave radio EACH
  • All writers whose plays reach the judges' final shortlist - BBC goodie bags EACH

Upside:
  • Online submission
  • FREE to do
  • CASH Prizes
  • "Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but grant to the BBC a nonexclusive license to broadcast their entry across all media, as well as use it on any online platforms"
Downside:
  • Contest open worldwide
For more information, log on to britishcouncil.org