Fiction Podcast Script Competition
2020 Fiction Podcast Script Competition Deadlines
Early Bird Deadline: April 17 ($20)
Regular Deadline: May 15 ($30)
Late Deadline: July 6 ($40)
GOT A GREAT STORY? Then you’re already there.
Creating a Fiction Podcast Script isn’t about starting from scratch. If you have a play, teleplay or screenplay, you’re already almost there! 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.
What we’re looking for:
For this competition, we’re looking for ongoing, original, serialized stories. Writers can submit up to three episodes 3-30 pages in length of their series with the overall content of the story not going longer than 90 pages. Writers should also include a series outline, detailing the events of the remaining episodes in the series.
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:
Still have more questions? Check out our Fiction Podcast Competition FAQs!
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 Roger Corman, Tony Gilroy, and Larry Wilmore. 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.
Fiction Podcasting is in an amazing place right now, and AFF’s new competition is an incredible opportunity for storytellers of all stripes…Having our script for The Amelia Project reach the finals, gave us that extra push we needed to launch our show. We learnt from some of the most innovative audio dramatists out there, workshopped our script and our pitch, and had BBQ and beers with likeminded and inspiring people who have now become good friends. I’m so thrilled Øystein and I submitted The Amelia Project to AFF. It’s opened doors for us, taught us a ton, and made us think big. I loved every minute of it.
– Philip Thorne, 2017 Podcast Finalist for The Amelia Project
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