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2020 FICTION PODCAST TWO PILOT EPISODES WILL BE PRODUCED EACH WITH BUDGETS OF $5,000 $1,000 CASH FOR EACH WINNER + CONTEST
PODCAST CONTEST REGULAR DEADLINE IS in 19-12-2020

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WE HAVE HELPED LAUNCH THE CAREERS OF 65+ 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.

Oct 1st

Opens

Nov 15th

Early Deadline $35

Dec 18th

Regular Deadline $45

Jan 21st

Final Deadline $55

Feb 15th

Finalists

March 5th

Winners

OVERVIEW

Podcasts are kind of a big deal! 🙂 Over 100 million people in USA listen to at least one Podcast a month and that rate is increasing by 20 million year on year. Fiction podcasts are taking a century’s worth of entertainment in radio plays and pushing the boundaries to tell stories in fresh and innovative ways, quickly becoming the fastest-growing sub-section of this booming industry. Many writers, including our Judges, have forged successful careers for themselves through Podcasts. Hollywood’s taking notice too! More and more of these shows are being adapted for Televsion: Homecoming, Limetown, Carrier, Left Right Game & LORE to name but a few. 

The beauty of the fiction Podcast format is that it allows you as a writer to be completely free to tell the story you wish to tell, without having to factor in the budgetary constraints of filmmaking. Our Podcast Contest offers more in funding and prize money than any other. 

In collaboration with our winning writers, Shore Scripts will produce both episodes, making use of our industry connections to find talented cast and crew. We will look to attach a named actor to each episode to further elevate the show and draw in a larger audience. Once both episodes are live, we will contact commissioners in an attempt to greenlight the series. The writers have final say on all potential commissioning offers.

This is a great opportunity to get your work commissioned and 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 stageplay 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 format. Check out our Rules and FAQ’s for all the info. 

PLUS the opportunity for the winners to advertise their pilots free for 30 days on Castro.fm – the podcast app for podcast lovers.

 

TOP 15 FINALISTS

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

• Free book of your choice from Michael Wiese Books sent to your address (worldwide).

• Each finalist will receive a free 6-month membership to Libro.fm including 6 credits to use on your choice of 150,000+ audiobooks, regardless of price (US & Canada only).

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

SOME OF OUR PREVIOUS CONTEST WINNERS

WHY ENTER

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JUDGES

Our 14 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 180+ 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 65+ 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.

6 OF THE 12 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.