BBC World Service International Play Writing Competition 2023 (Win £2,500 & Fully Funded trip to London, UK)

Deadline: 12 February 2023.

The global competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, offers the unique opportunity for writers to use the medium of audio drama to tell stories for an international audience.

BBC World Service is looking for entries in the two categories: English As A First Language and English As A Second Language. Two writers will win an invitation to attend an award ceremony in London and will get the remarkable opportunity to see their plays being recorded for broadcast and streaming on BBC World Service. A Special Commendation will be made for a runner-up in honour of the BBC World Service journalist and writer Georgi Markov (1929-1978).

The two winners can come from either category and there will also be regional winners named to showcase the best writing from across the globe.


  • « The Cash Prize »: £2,500 sterling (or the equivalent in a local currency at the BBC’s discretion)
  • « The Trip »: a trip to London (standard airfare and accommodation for one person) to see the winning play being recorded and attend a prize-giving event

Submission Procedure:

Entries must be submitted in one of the following ways:

• By post to the following address: International Playwriting Competition 2023, BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom

• online at by completing the online form

• by email to the following email address:

Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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