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BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition 2023

The International Radio Playwriting 
Competition 2023

Writers from around the world are invited to submit their scripts for the 28th International Radio Playwriting Competition, which is now open for entries.

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

We 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).

Please read the competition rules and our privacy notice before entering.

Submit your entry online - or download an entry form to enter via post or email.

Entries close at midnight GMT on 12 February 2023.

changes and edits to the winners' final draft scripts and all editorial control rests with the BBC.

24. You must inform the BBC if any character/s or situation/s in the play relate to real situation/s or real people, either living or dead.

25. Subject to a satisfactory recording being made, the winning plays are intended to be broadcast on BBC World Service at some point around Spring 2024. Winners will first be required to enter into a contract with the BBC on the standard terms and conditions applicable for broadcast of BBC Radio Drama, taking into consideration local applicable laws. No fee will be payable other than the £2,500 sterling offered as prize money for one broadcast cycle on the BBC World Service English radio service. If repeated on the World Service, a sum of £1250 sterling will be payable for the first repeat cycle and thereafter the BBC will have certain broadcasting and other rights all in accordance with the contract. No additional fees will be paid for distribution on other platforms, including online or as a podcast.

26. The BBC, British Council, their sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem which may result in any entry not being properly registered.

27. To the extent permitted by law, the BBC, British Council, their contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies will not be liable for any loss or damage (whether such damage or losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise) including financial, reputational loss or disappointment. This includes any entries that are lost or stolen in transit.

28. The promoter of the competition is the British Broadcasting Corporation. The applicable law is that of England and Wales.

29. This competition accords with the BBC's Code of Conduct for Competitions, details of which can be found on the BBC's Standards and Guidelines website:

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