Imison Award

Connor Allen, winner of the 2023 Imison Award. © Tricia Yourkevich / BBC

The Imison Award (£3,000) 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.). 

Previous winners include Faebian Averies, Fraser Ayres, Vicky Foster, Adam Usden, Mike Bartlett, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Murray Gold and Nell Leyshon. 

We are grateful to the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society for sponsoring the Imison Award.​

If you have any questions about the prize, please contact Sophia A Jackson.


The Making of a Monster by Connor Allen 

Produced by Emma Harding, BBC Cymru Wales, for BBC Radio (44 minutes) | Read more


The Lemonade Lads by Faebian Averies

Produced by James Robinson, BBC Cymru Wales, for BBC Radio (44 minutes) | Read more


Maynard by Fraser Ayres

Produced by Mel Harris, Sparklab Productions, BBC Radio 4 (44 minutes) | Read more


Bathwater by Vicky Foster

Produced by Sue Roberts, BBC Radio Drama, BBC Radio 4 (44 minutes)


Of a Lifetime by Lulu Raczka

Produced by Polly Thomas, BBC Radio 3 (30 minutes)


The Book of Yehudit by Adam Usden

Produced by Charlotte Riches, BBC Radio Drama Salford, BBC Radio 4 (45 minutes)


Comment is Free by James Fritz

Produced by Becky Ripley, BBC Radio & Music Bristol


30 Eggs by Eoin O’Connor

Produced by Gemma McMullen, BBC Drama Belfast, BBC Radio 4


How to Say Goodbye Properly by E.V. Crowe


The Loving Ballad of Captain Bateman by Joseph Wilde with the composer Tim van Eyken*

From this point the award date now reflects actual year of award and not year of broadcast


Do You Like Banana, Comrade? by Csaba Székely*


Amazing Grace by Michelle Lipton


The Road Wife by Eoin McNamee


Girl From Mars by Lucy Caldwell


The Magician’s Daughter by Adam Beeson


Not Talking by Mike Bartlett


Mixed Blood by Nazrin Choudhury


Mr Sex by Steve Coombes


All You on the Good Earth by Stephen Sharkey


Milk by Nell Leyshon and Stephen McAnena and The Skategrinder by Celia Bryce


The Waltzer by Rhiannon Tise


Electricity by Murray Gold


A Matter of Interpretation by Peter Morgan


Skin Deep by Ben Cooper


Earthquake Girl by Katie Hims


Wilde Belles by Rosemary Kay and Holy Secrets by John Waters


I Luv You Jimmy Spud by Lee Hall


Daisy the Cow Who Talked by Gerry Stembridge and Kissing the Gargoyle by James Stock


The Long, Hot Summer of ’76 by Gabriel Gbadamosi

* These two years had an extended submission period of 18 months (an extra six months) to coordinate with the BBC Audio Drama Awards.

With thanks to

The Peggy Ramsay Foundation seeks to perpetuate Peggy Ramsay’s ideals, by directly helping dramatists at very different stages of experience in ways which it is determined to keep as quick and unbureaucratic as possible.

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) – a not-for-profit organisation that works to ensure that writers are fairly compensated when their works are copied, broadcast or recorded.