Are you a promising writer living outside the UK? Would you like to have your story heard by the world? You're invited to submit your scripts for the 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition.
The International Radio Playwriting Competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to have their radio play heard across the world by the BBC World Service's millions of listeners.
Whether you're an established or a completely new writer, the competition welcomes scripts from anyone outside of the UK. The radio dramas can be on any subject you like, as long as they are 53 minutes long.
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 receive a cash prize of £2,500 sterling, travel to London to attend an award ceremony, and see their plays recorded before they're broadcast on the BBC World Service.
"Write your play. Just write it, this is such an opportunity"
"This competition is an important part of the British Council’s programme developing new playwrights around the world, discovering new talent, helping global artists find new opportunities, and connecting with the UK", says Neil Webb, Director Theatre and Dance at the British Council. "Sharing stories is a powerful way for us to connect with different cultures, explore difficult issues and be inspired by fresh voices. We look forward to reading the inventive scripts for this year's competition."
Entering the competition can be a life-changing experience. Previous winners have left their jobs to pursue careers in writing.
“I don’t care if you’ve got three jobs and five children, write your play!" said Kwame Kwei-Armah, who was a panellist for the 2008 competition.
"You can come to London, you can have your play looked at by the BBC, you could have your play broadcast to millions on air.”
Information about how to apply is below. We're excited to read your stories.