Here is a PDF and a video about We at CPF are soliciting new original short radio plays from North Carolina playwrights for our first-ever radio play contest! The submission window is now open until 11:59 PM (a time which shall live in infamy) on December 7th, 2018. A reading committee headed by the producer will review all entries and will select five scripts to be competition “finalists”. All playwrights who submitted scripts will be notified of selection status by January 22nd, 2019.
The top five scripts will be performed live during the CPF Radio Hour, which broadcasts Tuesday evenings 9pm-10pm over WCOM-LP 103.5 FM and wcomfm.org. Every live show will be recorded as a podcast and posted to the CPF Radio Hour web page between March 5th, 2018 and April 9th, 2018. Contest winner(s) will be selected by the end of April 2018 after all of the shows perform live.
- From the five finalist scripts, two winning playwrights will be selected: one for writing the Best Script, and one for writing the script associated with the Best Production
- $75 will be awarded to the playwright of the Best Script
- $75 will be awarded to the playwright of the script associated with the Best Production.
- It is possible that the same play may be selected for “best script” and “best production” and that the winning playwright wins $150 total
- The winning playwright(s) will be announced after all five shows are performed and will be announced on the CPF Radio Hour show and the Cary Playwrights’ Forum website.
- The winning playwright(s) will be the guest artist(s) on a future CPF Radio Hour show – the format of which will be discussed between the playwright(s) and the CPF Radio Hour producer.
The best radio plays are able to transport audiences to places most stage plays cannot. Radio plays utilize sound effects (SFX – ‘Foley’), take advantage of talented voice actors, and allow the audience to exercise its imagination. Radio plays are not limited by setting, cast size, or genre.
- Send scripts to email@example.com
- Scripts should be written in standard play or “radio play” format
- Scripts should be 10-40 minutes in length
- Maximum of two script submissions per playwright (submit each script in a separate email)
- “Curse words” are generally not allowed on public radio. Your script will not necessarily be disqualified for language, but understand that euphemisms may be substituted.
- No plays should require copyrighted music as part of the soundscape. Recommendations of royalty-free music will be considered.
- No musical submissions will be accepted
Requirements for Submission
Please email each script submission with the following:
- An attached, anonymized copy of your script (.pdf or .doc, with all contact information removed).
- Your contact info in the body of the email. Include:
- Your full name
- Title of the script
- Brief script synopsis (two sentences max)
- Phone number, North Carolina street address, and email address
- Either include a production history of your play or state that the play has no production history.
- If the radio play is adapted from an original stage play, include the production history of the original stage play.
- The title of the script in the subject line. Example subject line should read “Radio Play Contest Submission: TITLE OF PLAY.”
- Preference may be given to work that has not been performed before an audience or over the radio in the Triangle.
Questions? Email producer Christian O’Neal
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Tentative future dates, subject to change, all require the playwright reside in North Carolina:
- 12/1/2018: full-length plays for ‘Daughter of Chrysalis’ Apr 2019!
We had a successful interaction with Tiny Engine Theatre awhile back. Our playwrights will provide such a professional troupe with scenes that have already been through revisions after cold readings. The group will pick scenes that they can cast and would be fun to read; then they’ll share a read-through with us at our regular monthly meeting. The company will share their impressions about the characters and the story; Tiny Engine gave us a delightfully different experience than regular CPF meetings. Interested? Send your revised scripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your submission email, include your name, email address, copy of script (pdf), synopsis of character descriptions, and an affirmation if you’ve revised the script since a previous CPF read-through. If you are interested in a particular scene from a larger work to be read, please include any additional information (e.g., earlier pages) that the troupe should know.