tinniswood award

Prizes, grants and awards

The Tinniswood Award

The 2007 award will be presented in autumn 2008.

This award has been established by the Society of Authors and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain to perpetuate the memory of Peter Tinniswood as well as to celebrate and encourage high standards in radio drama.

You are invited to send in any radio drama first transmitted within the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland during the period 1 January-31 December 2007. Submissions must come from the producer and are restricted to a maximum of two entries per producer (we would prefer the one script that you think is the best).

The work must be an original piece for radio, and may also include the first episode from an original series or serial. If submitting 15-minute episodes from a series or serial we will require consecutive episodes (including the first episode) to make up at least 45 minutes . The judges reserve the right to call in the subsequent episodes if required. We welcome 30-minute plays provided that they were stand-alone and that characters and situations are original to the writer.

An adaptation for radio of a piece originally written for any other medium e.g. stage, television, film, novel, poem or a short story will not be eligible.

To download an entry form please click here.

Submissions should consist of a signed letter or nomination form from the producer setting out the date and time of transmission, the broadcasting body concerned, along with a non-refundable entry fee of £50, four copies of the script (as broadcast) along with an email of the synopsis (250 words) and biography of the writer (250 words).

Entries will not be returned and should be sent to Tinniswood Award, Naomi MacDonald, The Writers’ Guild, 15 Britannia St, London, WC1X 9JN by 12th February 2008. For further enquiries contact naomi@writersguild.org.uk or call on 020 7833 0777.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Writers’ Guild.’



Judges will be selected each year in consultation with the Society’s Broadcasting and the Writers’ Guild Radio Committees. Correspondence with the judges is forbidden and their decision is final.



The Tinniswood Award will be presented alongside the Imison Award (for the best writer new to radio) on 21st October 2008.