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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED in 16-02-2022

THE FICTION PODCAST CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

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WE HAVE HELPED LAUNCH THE CAREERS OF 90+ WRITERS THROUGH OUR CONTESTS. THIS INCLUDES DEALS WITH SONY, BLUMHOUSE, WARNER BROS, FILM4 & HULU. 

TWO WINNING SCRIPTS WILL BE PRODUCED INTO A PILOT PODCAST EPISODE, EACH WITH BUDGETS OF $5000. 

THE TWO WINNING WRITERS WILL ALSO EACH RECEIVE A $1000 CASH PRIZE.

VIEW OUR 2021 WINNERS.

Oct 1st

Opens

Nov 16th

Early Deadline $35

Dec 19th

Regular Deadline $45

Jan 21st

Final Deadline $55

Feb 15th

Finalists

March 5th

Winners

OVERVIEW

Writing a podcast script (or even adapting your existing script for a podcast) means fewer layers between your story and a potential audience of millions. Over 100 million people in the USA listen to at least one Podcast a month and 50% of all US homes have described themselves as “podcast fans”.

And what’s more, each week more Americans listen to Podcasts than have Netflix accounts! In 2021, 28% or 80 million Americans described themselves as weekly Podcast listeners. That is 10 million more weekly Podcast listeners than the 69 million Netflix account owners in the U.S.A.

For writers, the beauty of the fiction podcast format is that it allows you to be increasingly free to tell the story you wish to tell, without having to factor in the kind of budgetary constraints that come with filmmaking.

Many writers, including our Judges, have forged writing careers for themselves through Podcasts. Hollywood is taking notice! A number of podcasts have been adapted for television, including Homecoming, Dirty John, Limetown, Lore, and Blackout.

Shore Scripts will oversee the production of both episodes, making use of our industry connections to find you a talented cast and crew. We will look to attach a named actor to each episode to further help elevate the show and draw in an audience. Once both episodes are live, we will also help you speak with production companies in an attempt to green-light the season. The writers will retain full rights over their story and have the final say on any potential deals which may arise.

This is a great opportunity to have your work produced and your voice heard in this ever-growing industry. You don’t even need to write an episode from scratch. Perhaps you have a screenplay, novel, or stage play that could be adapted to fit this medium. Read our How to Adapt my Screenplay into a Podcast for some pointers.  

We accept screenplay, radio, and stageplay formats. Check out our Rules and FAQ’s for all the info. 

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TOP 15 FINALISTS

• Your script is read & considered by our Judges, Industry Roster & Directors.

• Each Finalist will receive a Free copy of Final Draft.

• Free Enrollment into the Fast Track Your First Draft – 15 Minute Method Course.

• The Top 5 Finalists will receive a free 6-month membership to Libro.fm including 6 credits to use on the audiobook your choice of 150,000+ audiobooks, regardless of price (available in the US & Canada only).

SOME OF OUR PREVIOUS CONTEST WINNERS

WHY ENTER

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JUDGES

Our 13 Judges are some of the most successful people in the podcast space. They will read our Finalists and decide on the Winners. 

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PRIZES

TWO WINNERS will have their Podcast Pilot episode commissioned and produced, each with a budget of $5000. 

Both winners will also each receive a $1000 Cash prize. 

PLUS, every writer who enters will receive a FREE 18 Page booklet on HOW TO GET YOUR SCREENPLAY PRODUCED.

 

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INDUSTRY & DIRECTORS ROSTER

The two winning pilot episodes will be sent to our Judges, and a number of our 240+ Production Companies, Agents, Managers and Directors on our roster. We will also send each episode to Commissioners at various Podcast companies.

 

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SCRIPT SCORE

Our readers have read for some of the biggest production companies in the world, including: Universal, Lionsgate, Paramount, Working Title, BBC and many others. You will receive your script score once we announce our Finalists. There will be an additional read for each round that a script progresses.

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SUCCESS STORIES

We have helped 90+ writers gain representation, option, sell and have their screenplays produced.

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DISCOVERY PLATFORM

We’ve partnered with Coverfly to handle all submissions. As well as our judges and roster, you have the choice to make your script available to hundreds more industry professionals on their platform for no additional fee. This is entirely optional – you can be as private or public as you like.

5 OF THE 13 JUDGES WHO WILL READ OUR FINALISTS

SOME OF OUR INDUSTRY ROSTER WHO WILL BE SENT THE TWO WINNING PODCASTS

GET INSPIRED
Some of the podcast shows we’ve been listening to recently.