PENfro Short Radio Drama Competition 2017

The PENfro Radio Drama competition: 

The results

We're delighted to announce the winning plays in our first Short Radio Drama competition.  From a shortlist of ten plays, the judges decided that the following plays were deserving of first prize and runner up.  

FIRST:  Another Place by Michael Hennessy


RUNNER-UP: On a Scale of One to Ten by Trevor Suthers


Both plays were performed live in front of an audience at PENfro Book Festival on Sunday September 10 and recorded ready to be edited and put on CD and our website as soon as possible. Congratulations to both of them and to the writers of all the following plays.

microphoneA Bunkhouse For Lost Souls - Juila Forster
Another Place - Michael Hennessy
Elevator Pitch – Tom Jensen
Great Responsibility - Neil Walden
Myths R Us - William Patterson
On A Scale Of One To Ten - Trevor Suthers
The Legend Of Robin Hood - Phil Taylor
The Story Of Wendy Vampire - Julia Lewis
Through The Wormhole - Tracey Morley
Worse Things Happen - Sheila Gray

The RADIO DRAMA judges were Kate McAll and Derek Webb:

Kate is an experienced radio producer, editor and director for BBC Radio 4 and NPR. Formerly the Executive Producer of Radio Drama at Kate McAll 1BBC Wales, her many credits include the long running dramatisation of The Diary of Samuel Pepys, The Life and Times of Arthur Miller, and seven episodes of the Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood.

derek webbDerek is a playwright and author whose plays, including the “Agatha Crusty and...” series of murder mystery comedies and 'Call Me Dusty', a play about Dusty Springfield, have had hundreds of performances. He has also adapted and dramatised books, ranging from Jane Austen to Ruth Rendell to Roald Dahl for recording as audio books and, for over 10 years, ran his own radio production company. His novel for children called ‘Is’, about a girl who believes she is Isambard Kingdom Brunel reincarnated, is published by Parthian. In addition, he founded Pint-sized Plays ( one of the foremost competitions for short plays in the world.

PENfro Short Radio Drama Competition 2017

Judges: Kate McAll, Derek Webb

Prizes: the top six will receive a professional critique. The top three will be edited in more detail, performed live on stage at the festival and then recorded on location at Rhosygilwen, edited, with music and FX and put up on the PENfro website. In addition the winners will receive a CD of the final piece.

Closing date: Sunday, July 30th, 2017.

Maximum length: The drama should run for between five and ten minutes. You should calculate roughly one minute per page. This is approximately from 800 to 1600 words in length. Test your drama by reading it aloud at performance pace and timing it, allowing sufficient time for FX and action.

Number of characters: The drama should be capable of being performed by a maximum of three actors, so doubling up is permissible to a degree. But be careful... too many characters in a short audio piece can easily confuse!

Format: For consistency, we would prefer that you submit your drama using the radio script template provided. Refer to guidelines for help.

Theme: Your drama can be set at any time and in any place but should contain an element of myth, folk tale or legend.

Winners announced: Friday 8th September 2017. The performance of the short audio dramas will take place during the festival.

Writing guidelines:  Click here for a short article by Kate McAll on writing radio drama


The easiest way to enter is online via our website. Just click here to enter 

Submit your payment via PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, don’t worry, you will be invited to set one up or you can just pay by debit or credit card.

How to Submit

Follow the instructions to upload your work online, one script per document in Word or PDF format.


Pay by Paypal or credit card for online entries. Please ensure you have read the competition rules below before you submit your script/s.


The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.

The information on length, characters, theme and format shown above forms part of these rules.

Your script should be in English, and not have been previously published broadcast, nor be currently submitted for or competition elsewhere. 

Scripts must be the original work of the entrant, they must be typed, preferably to the format provided (Click here) and submitted as a word doc or pdf and be between five and 10 minutes in length (approx. 800 –1600 words). 

Details of the winners will be announced at PENfro Book Festival on Friday 8th at 7pm September 2017 and will be published on the PENfro website.

Copyright remains with the authors, but PENfro Book Festival reserves the right to display winning scripts on its website and post an mp3 of the finished drama.

The judges’ decision is final.


Each entry must bear the title of the drama, but must NOT show the name of the entrant or any other form of identification. All entries will be judged anonymously.

Two copies of each script entered should be submitted, on separate sheets.

Submissions that do not meet the Rules of Entry will be disqualified. Please make sure you:

• put the title of the drama/s you enter on the entry form
• send two copies of each script on separate sheets
• do not put your name or any identifying information on your scripts – your name and address should only appear on the entry form

Entries must be accompanied by a completed application form (download here)and appropriate payment. All winners will be notified by email.

Entries must be accompanied by the entry fee: £5 for each script entered. Cheques (sterling only) should be made payable to PENfro Book Festival.

Postal entries should be addressed to PENfro Short Radio Drama Competition, Rhosygilwen Mansion, Rhoshill, Pembs. SA432TW

We regret that we are unable to return scripts or enter into any correspondence with entrants. Please keep a copy of your work.


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