BBC African Performance is an annual season of unique radio drama, which has now entered its fifth decade and has been designed to encourage new African writing.

In the past decade, African Performance has continued to reveal themes that reflect the concerns of the continent.

The plight of child soldiers, mob justice, people trafficking and prostitution, football fanaticism, internet dating and science fiction – these are just a few of the themes that have emerged from our competition in recent years.

If you feel that you can authentically touch the lives of Africans with your writing – why not submit your script for a radio play.

Please read the rules and follow the steps on how to enter below.

How to enter African Performance 2011

The play must be 30 minutes long when read aloud and must have no more than six main characters.

Before entering the BBC African Performance playwriting competition click please read the rules of the competition carefully.

This competition opens on 1 November 2010 and all plays must reach us in London by 2400 GMT on Saturday 15 January 2011.

You can send your play along with an entry form either by email attachment as a word document to

Or you can post your play to:

BBC African Performance

P.O. Box 76

Bush House



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