Funding brief: 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.
Donor Name: British Council and BBC World Service
Funding name: Open call: International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020
Deadline: The competition closes on 31st, January, 2020. Entries must be received at your British Council office or at the BBC in London by 23:59 (GMT) on 31 January. If you are applying via post please allow at least seven working days for international post to arrive in the UK.
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Funding limit: The two winners will have their plays recorded and broadcast on BBC World Service. They will also receive £2,500 sterling and a trip to London (including airfare and accommodation for one person) where they will attend an award ceremony. they’re delighted to also be awarding a Special Commendation in the name of the writer Georgi Markov, for the play with most potential on the shortlist.
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● Entry to the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 is open to anyone over the age of 18 (as of 31st, January, 2020), who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom. Both new and established writers are encouraged to apply. There are two categories for entry. One is for entrants who speak English as a first language, the other for entrants with English as a second language. The BBC may require proof of eligibility for the second category.
● Entrants must not be BBC, BBC Group company, British Council or Commonwealth Foundation employees, close relatives of such employees or any person connected to the competition. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.
● Entrants should write a radio play of approximately fifty three minutes’ length on any subject of their choice.
● The entrants warrant, by submitting plays, that the play:
Is the original work of the entrants,
Is not an adaptation of an earlier work (for example a novel),
Will not have been professionally produced in any medium (an informal play-reading is acceptable; a play-reading with a professional director and in front of a non-paying audience is acceptable, but a performance involving payment to actors and/or a paying audience is not) before 31 March 2021,
Will not have been offered for publication, performance or broadcast or produced in any other form or medium to any other person or company before 31 March 2021, and
Will not have been entered for any other competition before 31 March 2021. A breach of these warranties will result in disqualification from the competition.
● The winning playwrights will be deemed to have entered into an undertaking not to accept offers for their entries from other broadcasters or publishers before 31 March 2021.
● All scripts submitted must be approximately 53 minutes in length – this usually equates to a minimum of 45 pages of A4 paper (or equivalent) and a maximum of 65 pages (note, a rough guide is a minute per page; please read and time your play before you send it). The play should have a maximum of six central characters (there may be up to 3 small “doubling” characters too, who don’t have more than a few lines each). There must be no central roles for children. Word count approx. 9000-10000 words
● Your script should be accompanied by a short synopsis which outlines the complete story of the play. This must be no more than 400 words.
● There are two categories for entry. One is for entrants who speak English as a first language and the other is for entrants with English as a second language. The BBC may require proof of eligibility for the selected category before announcing a winner. For translated entries, it is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure the translated script fully complies with these rules and entry requirements and the entrant must have the right to enter into a contract on the translator or translators’ behalf as per Rule 14. No additional payment can be made by the BBC for translations.
● The play must be written substantially or entirely in English. Unfortunately, they do not have the facility to offer a translation service. Entries that have been translated must acknowledge this fact by giving a credit to the translator or translators. Entries that have been translated will be entered in the English as a first language category
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Submission mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply:
● Entrants should write a radio play of approximately 53 minutes’ length on any subject of their choice. The play must be written substantially or entirely in English. Your script should be accompanied by a short synopsis, of no more than 400 words, which outlines the complete story of the play. You can apply by the following methods:
Online at https://bbcplaywrite.monterosa.co.uk/
By e-mail to: email@example.com
In person at your local British Council office
By post to: International Playwriting Competition 2020, BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA United Kingdom
● In order for your entry to be accepted it must be accompanied by a completed copy of the entry form which can be downloaded here.
● The play can be on any subject you like and should be approximately 53 minutes length (this is a word count of approximately 9000-10,000 words). The play should have a maximum of six central characters (although there may be up to three small “doubling” characters who don’t have more than a few lines each). There must be no central roles for children.Visit all Funding opportunities: Click to view
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