Tuesday, February 3, 2009

BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009

Applicants are invited to write a radio play of approximately 60 minutes in length, on a subject of their choice. The play must be the original, unpublished work of the person or persons submitting it.

The competition is open to any writer who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom. The play must be written in English but can be translated by a third party (we are not able to offer any assistance with translation costs) Translated work must be identified as such, and the translator must be credited.

Application period is from 18 October 2008 to 31 March 2009.

*British Council Philippines deadline for accepting entries is on 27 March, 12:00PM, Friday. This is to ensure that applications reach our UK office by 31 March 2009.

Deadline for online application is on 31 March 2009.

Application form can be downloaded at http://www.britishcouncil.org/philippines-common-about-us-our-events-bbc-radio-playwriting-competition.htm

Submissions and application forms can be emailed to radioplay@bbc.co.uk

or can be mailed to

British Council
10th Floor Taipan Place
F. Ortigas Jr. Road
Ortigas Centre, Pasig City

There are two main prizes given: to the best play written in English as a first language and to the best play written in English as a second language. The two prize winners will each receive £2500 sterling and a trip to London to see their plays being recorded and to attend a prize-giving evening. There are also additional prizes of digital or short wave radios being given for the best radio play to be written from each of the following geographical areas: The Americas; Europe; Africa and the Middle East; South Asia; Russia and the Caucasus; Asia and Pacific. All writers whose plays reach the judges' final shortlist will receive BBC goodie bags.


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