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The BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition 2012

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Writers get ready. Calls for entries have been made for the 2012 edition of The BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition. The competition is open to writers from around the world over the age of 18 (as at 31 July 2012) resident outside Britain. Entrants are to write and submit a 53-minute radio drama for up to six characters, on any topic or theme.

The play must be in English, unpublished, and must not have been previously produced in any medium.

The playwriting competition is run by the BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers, and is now in its 23rd year. There are two categories for the contest:

  • One for writers with English as their first language
  • One for writers with English as their second language

Two winners will be selected from each category and will each receive a £2,000 prize. There will also be certificates for runners-up. The winners will have the opportunity to visit London and see their winning plays made into a full radio production, which will then be broadcast on the BBC World Service.

To learn about the rules for entry, read the terms and conditions.

Download the entry form here.

Worried that you don’t have what it takes to write a world-class play? You don’t have to be an experienced writer or playwright to try. The BBC World Service has a lot of hints, tips and tricks for writing for radio here on its rule’s page.

You can also check out Independent Radio Drama Productions; they have a great resource page that gives valuable principles of writing radio drama.

Read some scriptwriting tips and some previously written radio drama scripts, to give you a general idea, from the BBC Writers Room.

Also, learn some great tips on sub-topics like “Structure”, “Developing Dialogue”, and “Thinking in Sound” from The BBC World Service How To Write segment on how to write a radio play.

Get writing now. The deadline for submission of entries is midnight on July 31st, 2012.

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Lulu Oyigah trained as a geologist. She is passionate about nature, writing, arts and crafts, and interior design. She writes, and edits, for connectnigeria.com.

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