Dear Writers, Heard About the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018?

Writers from around the world are invited to submit their scripts to the International Radio Playwriting Competition.

The global competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with co-producers The Open University, offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to use the medium of radio drama to reach an international audience.

This year the two first prizes can come from either the English As A First Language or the English As A Second Language category. Both winners will attend an award ceremony in London and see their plays recorded for broadcast on BBC World Service.

A third award – the Georgi Markov prize – celebrates the most promising script from the competition’s shortlist, in honour of BBC World Service journalist and writer Georgi Markov (1929-1978). The winner of this prize will also travel to London for the award ceremony and spend two weeks being mentored by BBC Radio Drama and BBC World Service.

Who can enter?

Anyone aged 18 or over and living outside the UK – whether you’re an established writer, completely new or anywhere in between.

How to enter

The competition is open from 3 October 2017 to 31 January 2018. The competition is open to new and established writers, provided they live outside the UK and are 18 or over.

Click here to read more on the submission requirements.

But then, before you jump into writing, have it at the back of your mind that though radio plays have scenes, sequences and acts, they do not have to be structured like stage plays. There is a lot of flexibility and creativity allowed in radio drama, and the medium of sound is also unique.

Here are some tips for writing scripts for radio dramas

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