Prizes, grants and awards

The Imison Award

This award, now in its fourteenth year, perpetuates the memory of Richard Imison, to acknowledge the encouragement he gave to writers working in the medium of radio, and in memory of the support and friendship he invariably offered writers in general, and radio writers in particular. The Imison is administered and judged by the Society of Authors and we are grateful to the Peggy Ramsay Foundation for generously funding the £1,500 prize money.



To encourage new talent and high standards in writing for radio by selecting the radio drama by a writer new to radio which, in the opinion of the judges, is the best of those submitted.


The Award

The award will consist of a cheque for £1,500.



Any radio drama first transmitted within the United Kingdom during the period 1 January – 31 December 2007 by a writer or writers new to radio. The work must be an original piece for radio, and it must be the first dramatic work by the writer or writers that has been broadcast. It may also include the first episode from an original series or serial.

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. 



Submissions will be accepted from any party (production, broadcasting organisation, producer or independent production company, editor, writer, writer’s agent, etc.). The submission must be accompanied by an entry form setting out the date and time of transmission, the broadcasting body concerned, who produced the piece, and a statement to the effect that the piece was the first radio drama to be broadcast by the writer or writers.


Submissions for the award must consist of a completed nomination form as well as three copies of the writer’s original script and recording of the broadcast. Further copies will be requested if the work is short-listed. Please email a 250 word synopsis and 250 word author biography to Rose Hudson. Entries will not be returned and should be sent to Rose Hudson, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB.

Click to download an application form. Imison Application Form 2008 (pdf format)

Submissions for the award must be received by 7thFebruary 2008.


The Broadcasting Committee of the Society of Authors.



The award will be presented in autumn 2008.


The winner of the 2007 prize was: 

Mike Bartlett for Not Talking, BBC Radio Drama, R3  

This is a thoughtful play with contemporary relevance enhanced by historical perspective. Constant juxtaposition of contrasting themes – music and military, loyalty and betrayal, bullying and defence of values,  killing and suicide, male and female emotional responses, desire for children and abuse of youth – mirror the alternate voices telling parallel stories making it much more than another anti-Iraq war rant.