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The Script Yorkshire radio drama competition 2020

When the Covid pandemic will end is anyone's guess. But while we're waiting with bated breath for science to solve our dilemma, we need to keep on practising our art in whatever way we can.

So here it is, dear members, the latest Script Yorkshire challenge to get you flexing your writing-for-radio muscles. Don't let your creative skills get flabby during lockdown - scroll on down for full competition details!

Your chance to have a short radio play produced and broadcast

This year, we've linked up with Chapel FM to bring you another fun radio drama competition. Three winning scripts will be produced in January 2021 by Peter Spafford and Tony Macaluso at Chapel FM using professional actors.

All three plays will then be broadcast on Chapel FM as part of their Writing On Air festival, alongside the winning entries from our 2019 radio competition.

Introducing our professional judge

We're thrilled to have brilliant BBC radio producer Gaynor Macfarlane on board for this year's competition. After the submission deadline, we'll draw up a shortlist of nine plays to send her, from which she'll select the three she thinks make best use of the radio medium.

Gaynor has been producing radio drama for the BBC for about 20 years, so we couldn't have wished for a better script selector! She's also worked as a theatre director, literary manager, translator and dramaturg, and has recently made her first forays into film directing.


  • Write a 5-minute radio play
  • Use up to 3 characters
  • The theme is 'vision'
  • Submit your entry to: [email protected]
  • Deadline: 15th September 2020

NB: You must be a paid-up member of Script Yorkshire to enter.

Listen to our 2019 winners

Bangers and Mash and Infidelity

by Jacob Welby

A decidedly different dinner-table debate!


by Kat Rose-Martin

Painting the town a darker shade of red...

Cut Up

by Pete Goodland

A boy's life changes after a flash of steel.


by Jackie Daly

A viewing leads to a blast from the past.

Mistaken Identity

by Richard Kay

A reimagining of a remarkable true story.

Red in Tooth and Claw

by Sarah Carratt

Doorstep sales in a dog-eat-dog world.

Use of ’52-Bar Bossa’ under Creative Commons Public license courtesy of R1772 and

Radio not your bag? Try Page to Stage or Script Factor instead!

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