Typewriter releasing letters Copyrighted image Credit: Sabri Deniz Kizil | Dreamstime.com Now in its 24th year, the BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition is an opportunity for writers from outside the UK to tell the stories that matter to a world audience.

This year the competition is expanding to include the Georgi Markov award, in honour of the writer, broadcaster and World Service journalist. The award honours the shortlisted script which shows the most promise.

The competition has two first prizes—one for English as a first language, one for English as a second language. The winners of both prizes will have their plays broadcast on BBC World Service.

How to enter the competition

UPDATE: the competition is now closed, but you can still get expert advice below.

You can find more information about the competition and how to enter by visiting the BBC World Service pages.

Get advice from the experts

Whether you're interested in entering the competition, or you'd like to work on your creative writing skills, OpenLearn is home to a wide variety of podcasts, articles and study material to get you going. You can listen to interviews with Willy Russell, Bryony Lavery, Mark Ravenhill, Alan Ayckbourn along with many other notable names.

Simply click on a link below to get going.

If this has whetted your appetite to study the subject in more depth, you can find out more about creative writing courses at The Open University