Wednesday, May 09, 2012

BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition invites entries for 2012

This Day (Lagos), 1 May 2012: "For the 13th year, BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers, invites writers around the world to send in their radio plays. The dramas need to be 53 minutes long, but can be on any subject. It's the only competition of its kind in the world. There are two first prizes – one for writers with English as a first language and one for writers with English as a second language. Their prize includes a trip to London to watch the play being recorded, attendance at an award ceremony and £2,000. ... The competition has helped launch the writing careers of many of its winners. Lasha Bugadze from Georgia, one of the 2011 winners, currently has a play as part of the PEN festival in New York. ... His winning play, The Navigator, was broadcast again on 28 April on BBC World Service to launch this year's competition. It was described by the judges as 'enchanting and authentic… cleverly turning the subject of loneliness into joyous listening.'" See also BBC World ServiceInternational Radio Playwriting Competition 2012 web page. (Via