Fiction Podcast Script Competition
presented by Public Radio International
2017 Fiction Podcast Script Competition Deadlines
Early: April 10, $15
Regular: May 10, $25
Late: July 7, $30
GOT A GREAT STORY? Then you’re already there.
Creating a Fiction Podcast Script isn’t about starting from scratch. If you have a pilot, a teleplay or a screenplay ask yourself: is this a great story. If it is, then take the time to tweak it for this new medium! Whether you submit with us or not, getting your script ready for this space is only going to help your career!
As with all of our competitions, we’ll focus the judging criteria on story: plot, structure, characters, dialogue and concept, while additionally taking into consideration the elements of storytelling that are unique to a purely acoustic medium.
WHAT IS A FICTION PODCAST?
Fiction Podcasts are a revival of the radio play days, but with a new streamable twist.
Remember those horrible analogy and comparison questions on the SAT test from high school? (“BLADE is to ICE SKATE as WHEEL is to ROLLER BLADE”?) Well, the fiction podcast is to the radio play what streaming TV was to the Teleplay. The ability to binge watch a show changed the nature of the story.
Here are some examples to get you inspired:
Fiction Podcast Script Competition presented by Public Radio International
Public Radio International (PRI) has officially signed on as the sponsor of the inaugural Fiction Podcast Script Competition which is open to scripts for any ongoing series intended for a purely acoustic medium. PRI is a key player in our country’s public media system; by producing and distributing programming to public radio stations nationwide and on digital platforms, they inspire curiosity and encourage civic engagement that leads to a more informed, empathetic and connected world.
PRI is building a more informed, empathetic, and connected world by creating multi-platform content that empowers people to benefit their lives and the world. PRI’s award winning content reaches more than 18 million people each month, through over 900 public radio stations in the U.S. and PRI.org, and millions more through podcasts and social media. An affiliated company of WGBH, PRI produces PRI’s The World®, The Takeaway (a co-production with WNYC), and Studio 360® from PRI and WNYC. It produces in-depth reporting on topics including gender equity (Across Women’s Lives), international security, and American identity and immigrant life (GlobalNation). It represents public radio programs including Science Friday, q from the CBC and The Tavis Smiley Show. Major philanthropic supporters include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Ford Foundation, The Henry Luce Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Annenberg Foundation.
At AFF, when you win, you really win.
Not only is there a cash prize and our unmistakable typewriter statuette—five pounds of awesome you can carry around—but you win alongside legendary figures as part of our annual Awards ceremony. Last year, our winners received their awards next to Paul Feig, Marta Kauffman & Nancy Meyers. It simply doesn’t get better than that.
Not to mention, we’ll make your time in Austin unforgettable, connecting you to mentors, industry execs all with BBQ and drinks in hand.
Please call our office at 512-478-4795 or toll free at 1.800.310.3378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was thrilled to win at Austin. Since the competition, doors have started to open. My movie has a much better chance of getting made than it had before. But even if I hadn’t won, I would have had the equally valuable experience of the Conference itself. This is what sets Austin apart–the incredible opportunity to talk with and learn from the top professionals in the industry and the fabulously talented attendees. I really believe this is a learner’s business, and that’s what AFF understands so well.”
– Robert Rue, 2015 Drama Winner for Detroit