Enter Bloomsbury Radio’s first radio play competition

Monday 8th November 2021

Bloomsbury Radio studio microphoneBloomsbury Institute is delighted to announce its inaugural radio play competition. Playwrights are invited to submit a two-hand radio play to be performed on Bloomsbury Radio by professional actors.

Exploring the theme of Legally Speaking, the competition is open to everyone – aspiring or established writers, legal professionals, students and anyone in-between.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 19 December 2021.

The prize

The winning playwright will receive £500 and have their play produced professionally for broadcast on Bloomsbury Radio. Award-winning filmmaker Arun Kumar has agreed to direct the winning play and professional actors will bring the piece to life.

The winner will be announced on Friday 14 January by former President of the Supreme Court, Lord David Neuberger.

Who we are

Bloomsbury Institute is a higher education provider in central London. We are dedicated to unlocking the potential of students who want to succeed in the study of law, accounting and business. Though small in size, we are big in our ambition to educate graduates to lead in the creative, sustainable and inclusive workplaces of the future.

Bloomsbury Radio is the Institute’s in-house radio station. The station is run by professional broadcasters who train students and people from outside the Institute in all aspects of broadcasting, from studio work to compliance. Since its launch in January 2020, the station has trained over 50 volunteers, each of whom continue to create content that entertains and informs its 2,000 regular listeners.

The theme

In January 2022, Bloomsbury Institute will open a legal advice clinic for those who cannot afford the services of a solicitor and who do not qualify for free legal aid. The clinic has been created after an extensive public consultation with law firms and third sector organisations within London.

The theme for the radio play is Legally Speaking – exploring the funding crisis, which many people face when trying to engage with court services and the judiciary. How you interprets this theme is entirely up to you.


  • Your script must be in English and meet the theme.
  • Entries must be a maximum of one hour long. The radio play can be shorter than an hour, but no longer.
  • The play must be written for 2 actors.
  • The playwrights name should appear on the title page of the play only.
  • Please keep in mind this is to be performed over the radio.
  • Scripts must be submitted in PDF format.

How to enter

Please send your script to radio@bil.ac.uk, no later than midnight on Sunday 19 December.

Best of luck!