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Gimme Ten! Radio Playwriting Competition (Mandarin)

Gimme Ten! Radio Playwriting Competition

Do you have a great story to tell but find writing a full-length script too daunting? Do you have a good ear for dialogue?

Why not start off with a 10-minute radio play instead? Take part in the first edition of GIMME TEN 2021 Radio Playwriting Competition! Stand a chance to be one of the 20 participants who will get to attend playwrighting and radio production workshops (conducted in Mandarin) by award-winning local playwright Chong Tze Chien, veteran theatre practitioner Li Xie as well as experienced playwright and lawyer Wang Liansheng- for free! Participants will learn about the fundamentals and from there, write a 10-minute play in Mandarin with a Singapore focus.

10 of the best scripts will be shortlisted for the final round of the competition and receive mentorship from Chong Tze Chien, Li Xie and Wang Liansheng. Their final scripts will be turned into actual radio plays and aired on 96.3 Hao FM.

3 winners will be chosen by a panel of judges. You can also vote for your favourite script to win the “Audience Choice Award”.

GIMME TEN 2021 is a radio play competition organised by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and produced by GroundZ-0! 96.3 Hao FM is the official radio station partner.


Qualifying Round Criteria

Submissions shall comprise of one (1) A4 page (font size 14) of writing only, in Mandarin:

  • In any genre including but not limited to short stories, poetry, essays and commentaries.
  • With a Singapore focus/angle

Judging criteria for this round

  • Originality/Creativity
  • Relevance to Singapore focus/angle

Selection and notification of shortlisted participants

  • Up to 20 participants will be selected to go on to attend the workshops.
  • Results will be announced on 6 April 2021 via SCCC website and email.
  • 10 finalists will be selected to receive further mentorship from Chong Tze Chien, Li Xie and Wang Liansheng. The 10 completed scripts will also be turned into radio plays and aired on 96.3HaoFM.
  • 3 winners to be selected by a panel of judges, and 1 winner for the “Audience Choice Award”.


Application form:  DOWNLOAD HERE

Application form and entry can be submitted to [email protected]

Submission deadline: 22 March 2021, 2359h


Prizes for final round winners

  • Final scripts will be produced by GroundZ-0 as radio plays for broadcast on 96.3 HaoFM and available via the SCCC website.
  • There will be two categories of awards:
    • Judges’ Choice Awards:
      • 1st Prize – $800
      • 2nd Prize – $500
      • 3rd Prize – $300
    • The “Audience Choice Award” shall be awarded to the radio play with the highest number of votes by the public.
      • Audience Choice Award – $200


This competition is open to:

  1. All Singapore citizens
  2. Aged 18 and above.

All full-time employees, officers and representatives of the organisers and any Competition sponsors (if any), as well as their immediate family members (spouses, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such personnel shall be ineligible to register and participate in this Competition.

Preliminary Round

Process and criteria

  • Selected participants will attend workshops, on “The Fundamentals of Dramatic Writing”, “Radio Play Making” and “Playwrights Essential – A basic Legal Primer Workshop”, by Chong Tze Chien, Li Xie and Wang Liansheng. These workshops will be conducted online over three weekends in April and early May.
  • Participants will go on to write a 10-min radio play each, with a Singapore angle, with no more than 5 characters.
  • Scripts may include other languages but at least 85% of the script must be in Mandarin and Chinese dialects. For non-Mandarin lines, translation in Mandarin must be provided.
  • Scripts must not contain defamatory, obscene or any other unsuitable material, such as that which may cause offence to a wide audience of all ages and from varying backgrounds.

Selection of shortlisted participants

  • 10 scripts will be selected for the final round of competition.

Judging criteria:

  • Originality/Creativity
  • Theatricality
  • Rhythm & Pacing
  • Relevance to Singapore focus/angle
  • Incorporation of Stimuli

Final Round

  • Selected participants will be given one week to revise their scripts based on judges’ feedback.

Judging criteria for the Judges’ Choice Awards:

  • Originality/Creativity
  • Theatricality
  • Rhythm & Pacing
  • Relevance to Singapore focus/angle
  • Incorporation of Stimuli


For more information, please download and refer to the application form.

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