The Imison Award

The Imison Award celebrates the best in new writing for the medium of audio drama. 

The prize was established in 1994 in memory of Richard Imison, a BBC script editor and producer, to acknowledge the encouragement, support and friendship he invariably gave to all writers, and particularly those working in the medium of radio.

The award is presented annually to an audio drama script by a writer new to the medium and which, in the opinion of the judges, is the best of those submitted. 

Submissions will be accepted from any party (producer, broadcasting organisation, writer, agent etc.). 

We are grateful to the Peggy Ramsay Foundation for sponsoring the £3,000 award.

Previous winners include Mike Bartlett, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Murray Gold and Nell Leyshon. 

Entry to the 2019 award is open until 29 September 2018. 




2018 Winner


Produced by Charlotte Riches, BBC Radio Drama Salford, 45’, BBC Radio 4

"I’m absolutely delighted. The only other writing award I’ve won was for coming top in a spelling test when I was seven, so this is a significant upgrade."

Adam Usden

See here for full details of the shortlist.

We would like to thank all producers who have entered the awards and look forward to next year’s submissions.

2018 Imison winner Adam Usden (image: BBC/ Guy Levy).

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