Friday 20 November 2015 - 16:57 to Sunday 31 January 2016 - 23:59

A competition for people living outside of the UK to write a 53 minute radio play.

For details of how to enter and handy tips, please visit our website:    

There are two first prizes:

  1. one for writers with English is a first language
  2. the other for those with English as a second language.

Each winner will receive £2,200 and a trip to London to see their play recorded at the BBC and to attend a prize giving ceremony. Each play will then be broadcast on the World Service.

This year, there is also a new award – The Georgi Markov Prize, for the writer of the script identified by the judges as showing most promise. The prize includes a 2 week trip to London to spend with the BBC, and to come to the prize giving ceremony.

There will also be certificates for the best play from each of these world regions: Asia, Africa, Caribbean, The Americas, Europe, The Pacific & The Middle East.

Please note that the competition is open to anyone resident outside the UK – we welcome new writers, those with huge experience and every level in between!

For inspiration, ‘The Ravens’ by Alana Valentine, last year’s winner in the English as a first language category.

And there’s a twitter campaign of writing tips which is building momentum at
Please tune in, log on and send us your scripts before midnight GMT on the 31ST JANUARY 2016. We look forward to reading them.