The Society of Authors (Audio Drama Awards)
The Society of Authors (Audio Drama Awards)

With just a few days left to enter the Imison Award and Tinniswood Award, the judges for the Tinniswood have been confirmed as actor Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Downton Abbey), award-winning radio, theatre and television writer Rhiannon Tise, and playwright, producer, director Patricia Cumper.

The Imison and Tinniswood Awards are presented as part of the BBC Audio Drama Awards and celebrate new talent and outstanding achievement in UK audio drama.

Lulu Raczka won the 2019 Imison Award with her radio play Of A Lifetime (produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore, Naked Productions) and Oliver Emanuel awarded the Tinniswood for When the Pips Stop (produced by Kirsty Williams, BBC Glasgow) at the BBC Radio Drama Awards in February 2019.

To be eligible, scripts will have to have been broadcast or made available online in the UK between 1 October 2018 – 31 October 2019.



To apply, submit your application and supporting materials before 6 October 2019 here.

Imison Award (£3,000)

The Imison Award is for the best original script by a writer new to audio drama with the £3,000 prize sponsored by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. The application form and entry details can be found here.

The 2020 judges are committee members of the SoA’s Scriptwriters Group: Barney Norris, Niel Bushnell, Stefan Buczacki, Jamila Gavin, Nell Leyshon, David Morley, Hannah Silva, Sean Grundy and Elizabeth-Anne Wheal.

Shortlisted for the 2019 award alongside Lulu Raczka were Ian Billings with Spike and the Elfin Oak (produced by Gemma Jenkins) and Carl Cattermole with Double Bubble (produced by the Prison Radio Association).

Tinniswood Award (£3,000)

The Tinniswood Award is for the best original script with the £3,000 prize being sponsored by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS). The application form and entry details can be found here

The 2020 judges include actor Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Downton Abbey), award-winning radio, theatre and television writer Rhiannon Tise, and playwright, producer, director Patricia Cumper. Shortlisted for the 2019 award alongside Oliver Emanuel were Vivienne Harvey with Playing Dead (produced by Nadia Molinari) and Martyn Wade for Holbein’s Skull (produced by Tracey Neale).

The Society of Authors are grateful for the support of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation (Imison), the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (Tinniswood), and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (Tinniswood).