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Friday, March 25, 2016

Radio Theater Project Submissions

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Call for Plays That Work Without Visuals

If you've got a script where the story depends on dialogue instead of visuals, The Radio Theatre Project in St. Petersburg FL performs new works written for radio and many stage plays adapted for audio.

Selected plays are performed for a standing-room only crowd in downtown St. Pete, with professional actors on book and a sound effects artist. Recordings are distributed via podcast and writers receive a stipend of $50 when the script is performed.

Short plays are very welcome. Full-length plays will need to be condensed to one hour with an intermission. Stage plays can be submitted as-is for consideration, though if selected some adaptation may be necessary.

  • Plays should have a running time of 50 minutes or less. Brevity is the soul of.
  • Plays longer than 30 minutes will need to be able to be split in two parts with an intermission.
  • Plays that originated as stage, film or prose are fine, but we produce radio theater – works originating in other forms will need to be adapted for radio.
  • The Radio Theatre Project reserves the right to make any edits necessary for length, clarity or FCC regulations. We’ll suggest those to you, if your script is being considered for production.
  • Florida writers and plays with Florida settings and subject matter are always welcome.
  • Send plays for consideration to Jim Wicker, Literary Manager, at jimwicker.actor@gmail.com.

  • Please include a cover sheet with title, name of author and contact information.
  • On the second page, please include a plot summary and brief bio of the author.
  • Please submit scripts in 12-point type with page numbers in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Think about sound and sound effects.
  • The scripts will be broadcast, so FCC language restrictions apply—no seven deadly words, obscenity, overt sex or graphic bodily functions.
  • Before your script is produced, you will need to put it into radio play format – see guidelines here.

  • Any action must be made clear by dialogue and sound effects.
  • Characters should be identified frequently by name, and there can’t be too many characters in the same scene. If characters aren’t part of the conversation, they disappear.
  • Be judicious in your use of narration and monologue, or avoid them altogether. Dialogue is more engaging.


Tips from the BBC, including sample scripts. They do know all about it.

Wonderfully detailed guidelines from Independent Radio Drama Productions in the UK.

An introduction to writing NPR-style radio. All the rules about writing and the way listeners listen, apply.

If you have questions, please contact Jim Wicker, RTP Literary Manager at jimwicker.actor@gmail.com.

This is an ongoing opportunity. Submission guidelines are here: http://www.radiotheaterproject.org/submissions

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