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Time for you to write a radio play for BBC World Drama

The 24th BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition is open, and I want more Radio Survivor readers to enter the contest.

The Holy Grail is one of two first prizes (which include cash, BTW): a best play written by someone who knows English as a First Language or a best play written by someone who knows English as a Second Language.

Think you can’t enter because you aren’t from the United Kingdom? Wrong:

The playwriting competition welcomes scripts from anyone living outside the UK, whether established or new, and encourages writers to use the immense power and accessibility of the medium of radio drama – to tell your story, use your imagination and have your ‘voice’ heard. Reading your plays – and hearing the winning plays on air – is a unique way of hearing what’s happening around the world.

Last year’s winners hailed from Uganda and Jamaica. Kingston resident Janet Morrison’s play focused on an elderly couple in a fishing village who have to bring up their teenage grand kids. Kampala based writer Angella Emwuron’s play narrated the adventures of an errant child who takes an ill advised trip to that city and makes friends with a street urchin.

Are you saying that you can’t come up with similar stories about life in the United States during our Great Recession? Nonsense. Of course you can.

You’ve never written a radio play before? So what? Here are the BBC’s instructions and here are the rules.

Good luck. Tell them Radio Survivor sent you.

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  1. BBC World Service launches radio play competition number 25 - October 5, 2015

    […] The winners from 2012 were from Uganda and Jamaica. In fact, back then I wrote a piece about those plays. Kingston resident Janet Morrison’s piece focused on an elderly couple in a fishing village […]

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