The BBC World and the British Council run the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2012

Do you love writing? What about listening your play broadcast on the BBC World Service? Once again, and now in its 23rd year, the BBC World and the British Council, in partnership with the Commonwealth Writers, launch the International Radio Playwriting Competition.

If you are a non British resident (and if you have plenty of imagination), I really encourage you to write a 53-minute radio drama (for up to six characters) and if you are successful (2 winners), you will have the opportunity to go to London and see how your script is made into a full radio production, and then… how it will be broadcast on the BBC World Service!!!

Don’t panic if English is not your mother language as there are 2 categories: one for writers with English as their first language and one for the ones with English as their second (or third) language.

Before start writing, have a look at the rules and if you have any doubts about the script format, check this useful link where you can find some tips like abbreviations or examples. However, if you want to read some radio scripts to get some inspiration, don’t miss the Script Library in the Writers Room. Also for free, there is the “guide to scriptwriting essentials“.

I’m astonished to see all the information you can find surfing on the BBC website. From how to get started, developing your idea, to form and format or keeping your story going in the middle. Without doubt, this is a good practice even if you are not considering to apply for the competition.

Not enough motivated? Well, there is also a £2,000 prize for the winners and there are certificates for runners-up.

Remember, you have time to send your playwriting until the 31th of July!



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