For plays broadcast during 2011 and early 2012


Submission deadline:Wed 10 July 2013; transmission period 31 Jul 2012-31 Oct 2013

We would like to offer our congratulations to the 2012 winner Do You Like Banana, Comrade? by Csaba Székely, produced by Marion Nancarrow, Radio Drama London for R4.  Listen again on R4, 1415 on Wednesday 20th February.


The Imison Award encourages new talent by rewarding the best original radio drama script by a writer new to radio. The work must have been broadcast in the UK from 31 July 2012 until 31 December 2013. It must be the first dramatic work by the writer(s) that has been broadcast.When 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. An adaptation for radio of a piece originally written for another medium will not be eligible. There is no entry-fee and submissions are accepted from any nominating party. Submissions must consist of:


  • a completed nomination form;

  • three copies of the writer's original script and a CD of the broadcast (further copies may be requested);

  • a supporting statement, synopsis and author biography (no more than 250 words each - please email to Jo)

    Entries will not be returned and should be sent to Jo McCrum, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London, SW10 9SB.

    The prize is judged by the Broadcasting Committee of the Society of Authors. We are grateful to the Peggy Ramsay Foundation for donating the prize money.




    RUNNER-UP: The Day We Caught the Train by Nick Payne (15 Jul 11)

    WINNER: Do You Like Banana, Comrades? by Csaba Székely (2 Sep 11). (Will be repeated on R4 at 1415 on Wed 20th Feb.)

    RUNNER-UP: The Takeover by Paul Sellar

    Judges: Society of Author’s Broadcasting Committee: Alison Joseph (Chairman), Ruth Brandon, Lucy Caldwell, Christopher William Hill, Michelle Lipton, Karl Sabbagh, John Taylor, Colin Teevan, Jane Thynne and Elizabeth-Anne Wheal.

    3 December 2012
    ....for the best original script by a writer new to radio broadcast the previous year. The prize of Ł1,500 is donated by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation and the award is administered by the Society of Authors.

    Judges: Alison Joseph (Chairman), Ruth Brandon, Lucy Caldwell, Christopher William Hill, Michelle Lipton, Karl Sabbagh, John Taylor, Colin Teevan, Jane Thynne and Elizabeth-Anne Wheal.

    imison radio drama award shortlist, 2012

    The Day We Caught the Train by Nick Payne (left)
    The Takeover by Paul Sellar (middle)
    Do You Like Banana, Comrades? by Csaba Székely (right)


    The Day We Caught the Train by Nick Payne
    Afternoon Play, 15 Jul 2011. Sally has been planning it for weeks - a meeting with a man she doesn’t know, but she hasn't yet decided whether she wants a new boyfriend. A series of mini-emergencies gets in her way. Producer: Sasha Yevtushenko. Cast: Sally . . . . . Olivia Colman, David . . . . . Ralph Ineson, Anna . . . . . Nishi Malde, Harold . . . . . John Rowe, Helen . . . . . Jane Whittenshaw, Waiter/Porter . . . . . Simon Bubb. Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko. Production Team: SMs Caleb Knightley and Keith Graham, editor Anne Bunting, production coordinators Nicole Fitzpatrick and Matthew Mills.

    The Takeover by Paul Sellar
    Adam approaches his half-brother Harry for help. His business is being made subject to a hostile takeover from a dubious businessman Terry White. Adam's business is in deep trouble financially but he's on the verge of a big contract and once it goes through the business will be worth millions. The only course of action is to stall the takeover for as long as possible - taking on large debts, releasing shares to dilute the stock and try to entice someone to bail.

    Cast: Harry: Allan Corduner, Adam: Adam Levy, Terry, Auditor, American 1, Wrecker 3: Ben Crowe, Jack, Old Man, Newsreel, Don, Max: David Fleeshman, Lenny, Father, Callcentre 3: Elliot Levy, Shane, Callcentre 5, American 2, Wrecker 2, Goody, Peter: Carl Prekopp, Bankmanager, Hugh, Newsreel, Lord Hartley, Gary: James Lailey, Andreas, Casllcentre 1, Solicitor, Newsreel, Izzy: Chris Pavlo, Anna, Lousie, Callcentre 2, Mother: Susie Riddell, Sharon, Young Mother, Newsreel, Callcentre 4: Alex Tregear, Callcentre 6, Thug, City Rep, Wrecker 1, Site Manager, Waiter: Rikki Lawton. Producer Sally Avens.

    RT blurb: Half-brothers Harry and Adam unite to fend off a takeover bid that sparks a war among rival business interests. However, in the middle of the hostilities, the unexpected happens.

    Do You Like Banana, Comrade? by Csaba Székely
    2 Sep 2011; afternoon play showing Romanian life under Ceausescu’s vile communist regime through the eyes of a boy. His coming of age is not easy, since his mother cries all day long, his father is a high-level official in the communist machinery, his brother tries to kill him all the time, and the girl he falls in love with is an enemy of the system. Producer Marion Nancarrow.

    Csaba Székely was born in 1981 in Targu Mures, Romania. He’s a writer, editor and assistant lecturer at his hometown’s University of Arts. He writes mostly in Hungarian. This play he wrote in English, his second language. It was also shortlisted for the BBC World Service/British Council's International Playwriting Competition. Cast: Robert ..... Freddy White, Tibor ..... Michael Begley, Silvia ..... Jane Whittenshaw, Laura ..... Julia Tarnoky, Repairman ..... Brian Bowles, Dani ..... Daniel Rabin, Titi ..... Luke Newberry. Director: Marion Nancarrow.

    A word from Csaba.....
    I'm 28 years old. I used to be the cultural editor of a weekly magazine, then cultural editor at the local radio station. Now I'm just a writer. I'm also a translator (from Romanian and English to Hungarian) always looking for a job. I write movie reviews and book reviews too. I'm not famous...

    Just received from Jo McCrum, Society of Authors....

    Thank you for all those who have already submitted scripts for the 2011/12 awards.

    To coordinate with next year’s BBC Audio Awards we requested 18 months of scripts (January 2011 – June 2012) rather than the usual 12 months. We appreciate that it has been difficult for producers to submit scripts to be broadcast over March-June 2012 and wish to extend the deadline for those plays (and those plays only) to 1 May. After this date we will not accept any late entries.

    The following year we will accept entries for 2012/13 awards from July 2012-December 2013. After this, our judging procedure should be in synch with the BBC Audio Awards, should they continue.

    Imison entries should be sent to Jo McCrum, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London, SW10 9SB. Tinniswood entries should be sent to Anne Hogben, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, 40 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RX. For further information and entry forms please see www.societyofauthors.org

    A summary of past winners is shown below. More detailed information about each year is shown here:

    2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1997 1995 1994

    2011 Amazing Grace, by Michelle Lipton
    2010 The Road Wife, by Eoin McNamee
    2009 Girl from Mars,by Lucy Caldwell
    2008 Adam Beeson, for The Magician's Daughter
    2007 Mike Bartlettt, for Not Talking
    2006 Nazrin Choudhury, for Mixed Blood
    2005 Steve Coombs, for Mr. Sex
    2004 Stephen Sharkey, for All You on the Good Earth
    2003 N.Leyshon & S. McAnena for Milk; Celia Bryce for The Skategrinder
    2002 Rhiannon Tise, for The Waltzer
    2001 Murray Gold, for Electricity
    2000 Peter Morgan, for A Matter of Interpretation
    1999 Ben Cooper, for Skin Deep
    1998 Katie Hims, for Earthquake Girl
    1997 John Waters, for Holy Secrets (jt); Rosemary Kay, for Wilde Belles
    1996 Lee Hall, for I Love You Jimmy Spud
    1995 Gerry Stembridge, for Daisy the Cow who Talked (jt) and James Stock, for Kissing the Gargoyle
    1994 Gabriel Gbadamosi, for The Long Hot Summer of '76


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