The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2023

Deadline: February 12 at midnight GMT; Award:  £2,500 sterling


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 mad 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. They can be found at

Submit your entry online, or download the entry form at the website to enter via post or email.