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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) seeks 10-minute audio plays from veterans

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Deadline: July 3, 2022

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) is launching a 10-minute audio play competition for playwrights who meet one of the following criteria:

  • current or former US military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, foreign service, or intelligence service veteran
  • immediate family member of a current or former military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, foreign service or intelligence service veteran (“immediate family member” means: parents, siblings, children and spouse.)

Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to info@vetrep.org 

OR via the submission portal on the VetRep website at: https://vetrep.org/submissions/

If emailing, submission must include the veteran/immediate family member status of the playwright in the body of the email.

Plays:

  • Must be a completed play, ten (10) minutes or less in length; Any genre/any subject matter; does not have to be related to veteran's service
  • Must not be a musical, screenplay, children’s play, adaptation, translation, or fan fiction play
  • Must be the entrant’s own original work and cannot be co-authored
  • Must be typed in the English language
  • Must not have been previously produced or published. (Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are permitted).
  • Must not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission
  • Must not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party

Playwrights may submit more than one play

Winners and finalists will be notified via email no later than December 31, 2022. 

(Note: We will make every effort to have results back to submitters ASAP, however, in order to ensure fair treatment of each submission and to plan for any contingencies which may arise, we are providing a worst-case scenario for our timeline).

There is no participation or submission fee.

There is no guarantee that winners’ or finalists’ work will be produced by VetRep.

The competition winner:

  • Will receive a $1000 grant.
  • Will receive feedback from panel of judges.
  • May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Resident Artists where Winner will have the opportunity to submit plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.
  • Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).

The second-place finalist:

  • Will receive a $750 grant.
  • Will receive feedback from panel of judges.
  • May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Resident Artists where finalist will have the opportunity to submit plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.
  • Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).

The third-place finalist:

  • Will receive a $500 grant.
  • Will receive feedback from panel of judges.
  • May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Resident Artists where finalist will have the opportunity to submit plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.
  • Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).

The fourth-place through tenth-place finalists:

  • Will receive feedback from panel of judges.
  • May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Resident Artists where finalists will have the opportunity to submit their plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.
  • Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).

Founded in February 2021 in Cornwall, NY, Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) is a creative hub that brings talented veteran writers and professional New York-based artists under one roof to create compelling live theater and events.

Website: https://vetrep.org/. You can follow us at https://www.instagram.com/vetreptheater/ and https://www.facebook.com/veteransrepertorytheater to see our latest events and updates.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

2022 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition

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Deadline: May 28th 2022

Attention Audio Drama Scriptwriters: The 2022 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition is accepting adventure and comedy entries!

Greetings audio drama scriptwriters!

The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates exciting aural storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. Authors retain all script rights.

The focus for this, the tenth and final year of the MTB competition, is adventure and comedy scripts to engage and amuse audiences.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:

Please keep to one entry per author.

Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes (approximately 30 pages of script)

The script should be your original work/story. Adaptation of another author’s works or use of proprietary characters such as Dr. Who, Frankenstein, or Othello will lead to disqualification.

Please keep the script appropriate for listeners of all ages by meeting the following conventions:

1) Avoid swearing, which includes “damn,” and “hell” and “God.” Failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification regardless of context.

2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context. Romantic affection is fine. Details about intimacy are not.

3) Avoid graphic depictions of killing or torture. It is understood that people can get bumped off for dramatic capital if needed (which is not to say it is necessary to do so) but if you do please avoid disturbing or overly descriptive details.

Given the current world situation, please refrain from submitting dystopian/pandemic fiction. This isn’t to say the subject can’t make for compelling drama, but a goal of this competition is to foster scripts that provide an escape for audiences of all ages from this topic. It’s fine if things start out dire for characters to spur conflict, but try to leave them in a better place by you story’s conclusion. Or at least most/some of them.

Make sure your script is action/plot driven. To meet this criteria (and prevent repurposed stage plays) each script should have at least one location change.
Please make sure it is free of visual stage directions such as “Shonna blows him a kiss. He nods knowingly as Tyler silently walks off stage” or stage play set design details.

Friday, May 20, 2022

The No Sleep Horror Podcast seeks scripts

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Deadline: none given

We’d love to see more script submissions, as these have proven to work very well on the show. Scripts should ideally last between 20 and 40 minutes, and star 2 or more characters, with more being preferable. Please include a word count with your script, and a spoiler-free list of characters with speaking roles. If you’re new to scriptwriting and you’d like an example of how to structure and format an audio-only script, you can download an example.

Please make sure your script is written as an audio drama. We can’t adapt scripts written as a screenplay, or scripts that heavily feature visual cues. Anything not written in an audio drama format will not be accepted.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Please email us at submissions@thenosleeppodcast.com.

If your story is selected, you may be asked to work with the story editor on edits or tweaks to ensure your story is as perfect for the show as it can be.

Feel free to introduce yourself and say hello, but things like cover letters or CV’s aren’t required.

Please be considerate of other authors waiting for a response. Choose one or two of your best works and submit those via an attachment in a single email. Please don’t send link-dumps, or refer us to an entire anthology of your work. Similarly, please don’t send rapid-fire submissions. Ideally wait a few weeks between submissions. This is a polite request and not a rule however, and if you have a burning desire to send another story over in the meantime, go for it.

Stories can appear elsewhere. Previously published or performed stories are fine, as long as you hold the rights to grant usage to The NoSleep Podcast. However, stories which have not already previously appeared in audio form will have priority.
Please do not re-submit stories that have already been passed on. If we think a story could work with certain changes or rewrites, we’ll reach out to you and let you know. This applies to all stories, including holiday specials.

If you’re submitting a story for a holiday special (Christmas, Halloween etc) then say so in the subject line of the email. This is super important! If you don’t do this then there’s a good chance it’ll get overlooked for a specific episode.

Only submit your own work. We can’t adapt stories without the permission of the author.

If for some reason you’ve decided to withdraw your submission, let us know immediately. Due to the extremely fast turnaround time, a story might be put into production on the same day it’s accepted. By submitting a story, you’re granting us permission to adapt it.

We cannot provide a personalized response to every author individually. Similarly, requests for writing advice or critiques will probably go unanswered. However, even if a story is rejected you will hear from us saying so as long as the submission falls within our guidelines.

If your story submission has been posted online at any point, please provide us with a link so we can share the text version with our listeners. Secondly, when including a word count, please include the exact word count rather than an estimate. Thanks!

Due to an ever-increasing volume of submissions and a number of documents which are almost impossible to format, we are now requesting the following formatting requirements for submissions going forward:

No tabbed indents.
If you need to remove tabbed indents from your submission document, an easy way to batch remove them is find/replace ^t with nothing in the replace field.

Documents where you’ve created tabbed indents by pressing space bar a bunch of times will be automatically rejected.

Please spend some time on editing and proofreading your document.
We get dozens of submissions a month with mistakes so obvious that you couldn’t fail to miss them on an editing pass, leading us to believe that these editing passes aren’t being done. Obvious things like sentences ending half way through, nonsense typos that aren’t real words etc. Sometimes we find these in the opening paragraph.

Keep the header/footer blank.

Stick to one font and don’t use fancy title fonts or similar.
We format the documents to Calibri 14 so it’s a waste of your time. If your document is already Calibri 14 then we’ll love you more.

Keep the prose left aligned.
Nobody wants to read a 4000 word center aligned story.

Only use one space between words.
We get submissions with two, three or even four spaces between words at random and it’s an absolute pain to fix if the amount of spaces fluctuates. If we have to spend hours deleting spaces from your document, it won’t be considered.

Give the document a sensible file name.
Title – Author is ideal. Make it as easy as possible for us to search for, find and assess your story. HotSexySubmission.doc might seem funny at the time, but it’s less funny when your story gets overlooked because we can’t recall the filename to locate it!

Give your story an extra editing pass for superfluous commas and run-on sentences.
These are the bane of our lives as editors of an audio production because excessive commas can be extremely disruptive to the voice actors. If your 150 word paragraph is one sentence long with twelve commas, it shouldn’t be. This is the single biggest issue that takes up our editorial time and we’d like to see more authors making a concerted effort to fix this stuff up before submitting. You don’t need to guide the reader by the hand to quite the degree some people do with commas, they’re capable of parsing sentences with only the most mandatory of commas in place. Go through your story and remove any commas that don’t absolutely need to be there when you’re writing for audio.

If you post your stories to Reddit, please remove the Reddit formatting before sending it in.
Your submissions shouldn’t be rife with asterisks and underscores framing a bunch of words. Likewise, please edit things like ‘I’m posting this on Reddit because’ or even ‘I’m typing this’ or similar unless it’s mandatory to the plot (for eg it’s framed as something that’s been written up and is then being read by another person). If you want your story to be adapted on the podcast then it should be from the perspective of being spoken aloud. We do audio drama adaptations, not narrations. There are many great horror narrators out there but it’s a different medium and requires different presentation.

Remember that somebody has to do all these things.
You might have a reason why you use three spaces between words, or center align, or have a complex and unintuitive filename, but someone has to fix it. If it’s left to us to fix thousands of typos, superfluous spaces, tabbed indents etc then that’s (much, much) less time we have to focus on selecting stories and giving people opportunities to be on the show. If it’s something generic that the editors can fix, it’s something you can fix before you send it in. The great thing about digital is that you can save as many copies of a file as you want. If you want your prose version to have tabbed indents, that’s great! Save another copy without them to submit to places who don’t want them. If it’s in your muscle memory to double space between words and you just can’t break the habit, cool! But you’re also able to find/replace double space with single space. If you don’t have time to proofread and edit your story in general, then… actually there’s no excuse for that, it just means you’re only doing part of your job as a writer.

If you forget to do any of this, don’t worry!
Unless it’s incredibly obvious that you’ve made zero effort, we’ll still consider your story. You don’t need to send in six revisions fixing things.

This only applies to submissions going forward.
If you’ve already submitted something filled with tabbed indents or something then we might frown at it but we won’t hold it against you. Please don’t send in revisions of existing submissions.

When you’re submitting somewhere, you want to do everything you can to make it as easy as possible for the editors to accept it. Everything we get submitted has to be edited and adapted into a uniform script type for our voice actors. If we have two equally great stories and one has been submitted with care in the presentation and the other hasn’t, and will take hours longer to edit, then we’re going to go with the former every time. If we have to spend 10-15 minutes just preparing your document for you so it’s readable for assessment then we don’t have that 10-15 minutes to spend making an awesome podcast.

Unless it’s obvious that you’ve flagrantly ignored our submissions guidelines, you will hear back whether it’s an acceptance or a rejection. We’re in a place where we’re very on top of things and nothing is slipping through the cracks. If you haven’t heard back then it’s because we have nothing to tell you right now. As soon as your story’s been selected or rejected, you’ll know. Especially with flash fiction; if you listen to the show, you’ll know that our flash fiction episodes only happen generally once a season, so we’re simply unable to be constantly assessing the hundreds of flash fic submissions we get a week. Now that flashfic submissions are temporarily closed this is less of an issue, but if you have a pending flash fiction submission then please be patient.

Please include the phrase ‘I’m bracing myself for The NoSleep Podcast‘ in your submission email.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Jakespeare Virtual Theatre Company seeks radio-friendly plays for Season 2

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Deadline: April 30, 2022 11:59 PM EDT

Must be radio-friendly (told through the medium of sound and not rely on visuals)

Must be ten minutes or less (approx. 8-10 pages at size 12 font)

A small cast is preferred

Any content matter will be considered

Cannot have been performed as a radio/audio performance before

Only one submission per playwright will be read

Must be submitted by 11:59PM EDT on April 30.


Please note:

There is no financial compensation if your play is selected.

Playwrights will be asked to schedule an interview as part of the podcast.

Jakespeare VTC is under no obligation to produce work submitted.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund - COMMISSION

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Deadline: none - rolling basis

In 2017, Audible launched a theater initiative, intended to radically increase access to exceptional plays and performances. A core pillar of the initiative is the Emerging Playwrights Fund, a program that invests in and nurtures self-identifying emerging playwrights, some of our most inventive, delightful, and provocative storytellers. Through the Fund, Audible aims to connect extraordinary performers with remarkable original work, amplifying new voices and harnessing the power and potential of audio to reach millions of listeners.

The Fund specifically supports the creation of original dramatic work, written with audio in mind, but theatrical in spirit.

Audible is dedicated to commissioning, developing, and producing work that reflects the diversity of our members and our world. To accomplish this, Audible is committed to granting at least 50% of emerging playwright commissions to artists of color and women.

Submission GuidelinesTo be considered as an applicant for a commission, please submit all of the following to AudibleTheater@audible.com:

1. One full-length script for an original or adapted play (in English language only) that represents your voice ("Script"). The Script can be in any genre and may include one-acts and solo pieces;
2. A short biography; and
3. A brief statement about why audio plays appeal to you.

If you have an idea for an original audio play, you are welcome to include a pitch or summary along with your statement (this is encouraged, but not required).

Eligibility

Any applicant over the age of 18 may submit a Script. Employees or independent contractors, or immediate family members (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren) or those living in the same household of employees or independent contractors of Audible Inc., Amazon or any entity involved in any aspect of the Theater Fund may not submit a Script for consideration, unless it is determined by Audible in its sole discretion in accordance with Audible’s then current policies and procedures that no conflict of interest exists in connection with accepting the relevant submission for consideration.

Timeline

Submissions are accepted year-round. Due to the number of Scripts that Audible receives, Audible will only consider one Script at a time from each applicant and will not consider resubmissions, including those that have been significantly revised. The Audible team evaluates submissions on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified regarding the status of their submissions via email. Thanks in advance for your patience while we process your Script; our typical response time is 6-8 months.

Conditions

All submissions must be the original creations of the applicants. By submitting a Script, each applicant represents and warrants that: (a) the submitted work is his/her 100% original creation, (b) the submitted work will not violate or infringe the rights (including copyrights and rights of privacy and publicity) of any other person or party, and (c) all materials and elements comprising the submitted work are exclusively owned or controlled by the applicant. Audible may determine, in its sole discretion, that an applicant is ineligible to submit a work for consideration if these requirements, and others described in these Guidelines, are not satisfied to Audible’s satisfaction.

Applicants understand and acknowledge that (i) Audible is in the business of developing and distributing content, (ii) Audible receives numerous submissions (both from outside and from within Audible) of content ideas and creative materials, (iii) Audible is continually developing ideas, formats, shows, stories, concepts, artwork, music, and the like, and (iv) content developed or distributed by Audible may resemble, be similar to, or contain identical material or elements found in works submitted to Audible for consideration. By submitting a project via this program, each applicant understands and agrees that Audible is not prohibited or restricted from developing or distributing content that may contain elements similar or identical to an applicant’s submission, and Audible will not be obligated to any applicant in any manner if such similar or identical elements were developed or obtained by Audible either independently or from sources other than the applicant’s submitted work.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Via Brooklyn Iron Anthology

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Deadline: April 20, 2022 5PM EDT

Deadline has been moved up to April 13, 2022 5PM EDT

Via Brooklyn is an award-winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit theatre company that develops theatrical productions, coupled with interactive programming, to engage audiences around the world. Our mission is to foster enthusiasm, contemplation, and community by blurring the traditional lines between stage, canvas, camera, music, page, and everything in between. We believe the synergy of artistic media can create visionary live theatre experiences.

Via Brooklyn has produced shows at venues such as 59E59, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Rochester Fringe Festival, The Wallace Collection in London, and the Southampton Cultural Center in Southampton, NY. Our most recent production, “Testament”, won 5 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards. For more information on our company please visit: www.viabrooklyn.org.

ABOUT "IRON ANTHOLOGY":

“Iron Anthology” will be a series of three, 30-60 minute audio plays (one of which has already been commissioned) that will each be split into three parts for release on all major podcast platforms this Halloween 2022. The first audio play already created for the series looks at three strangers’ search for iron ore in 1820s New Jersey, but when a malevolent presence begins to sabotage their efforts, their quest for riches becomes a struggle for survival. We are seeking two additional playwrights each to write another work for the series.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

-Write an original 30-60 minute audio horror drama

-Incorporate editing notes from the production team as necessary

-Deliver drafts in a timely manner by deadlines agreed upon in advance



PREFERRED SKILLS:

-Experience writing for the horror genre

-Experience with writing for audio drama productions

-Excellent communication skills

-A true team player and ensemble member


PAYMENT:

-$1,300 flat fee for buy out of a 30-60 minute commissioned audio drama

-Candidate will be hired under a 1099.

DATES:

Pre-production is already underway, with recording set for July or August 2022. “Iron Anthology” will be released around Halloween 2022.


CONTACT:

If interested, please submit your CV, a sample of previous work, and a link to your website to info@viabrooklyn.org with “Iron Anthology Playwright Commission Application” in the subject by April 20th, 2022 at 5pm EDT.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

City Lights seeks plays for Lights Up podcast

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Deadline: April 3, 2022 11:59 PM

Lights Up, City Lights’ annual festival of new plays, brings you everything from quirky comedy to unpredictable romance to dark drama. Our up-and-coming playwrights have lots of stories to tell you.

This podcast series emphasizes the most important part of a new play: the words. Each year we ask playwrights to submit fresh, new scripts to be read out loud.

THE 2022 FESTIVAL

Now through April 3, we’re accepting submissions for Lights Up! 2022.

This year, we’re teaming up with City Lights’ online streaming & video series, The Next Stage. Besides experiencing the new plays as a podcast series, you’ll also get to join the playwrights on Zoom for lively discussion, questions and audience feedback about their work.

Our theme this year is ESCAPE. Use this word as inspiration for your scripts. Whatever it means to you.
We’re looking for a variety of play lengths, which always makes for a great series. Your script could be a five-minute short or a 30-minute one-act. The maximum length is 60 minutes.

Please remember that this is a podcast series and therefore will be audio-only. Think of your script as a radio play; it shouldn’t rely on stage directors and visual cues to tell the story.

The maximum number of voice actors permitted per script is four (not including stage directions).

You may submit more than one piece.

To submit your script for consideration, please fill out this form: Lights Up! 2022 Submissions

The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2022.

We will let you know either way if your piece will be featured in our festival. If you have any questions, you can always reach us at filament@cltc.org. Thank you for your writing! We look forward to reading your stories.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Tierney’s Tales of Terror seeks audio scripts of horror and the supernatural

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Deadline: May 19, 2022 at 11pm CST

Email with a pdf to strangeparadise1980@gmail.com 
(with the subject: Tierney’s Tale Submission – Season 2)

Theme: The Supernatural (This CAN take place in the future provided our current, modern day isn’t mentioned; ie the internet, politics, etc. A good example is to look at the original Twilight Zone and take inspiration from there.)

Rules:
  1. Original audio plays only. (No audio plays including literary characters ie Frankenstein, Dracula, etc.)
  2. Your script must be free of visual cues.
  3. Approximately 25-30 minutes in length (OR two 15 minute plays as 1 double-feature)
  4. Horror genre
  5. Family Friendly (no cursing, no sexually explicit themes, etc. This is because the original audio play, "A Tale of Tierney" didn't have any of that stuff and I'd like to keep it that way.

All winners will be notified one week after the contest is over.

Opportunity: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place scripts will be fully produced and distributed at several different sites, including two very prominent audio drama sites: Mutual Audio Network and Moonlight Audio Theatre.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Painkiller Project March 2022

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Deadline: March 10, 2022 10 PM GMT

The Painkiller Project will reopen for submissions on Monday 7 March (10am) until Thursday 10 March (10pm).

To listen to previous episodes of the podcast, click here.

The Painkiller Project is a playwriting competition with a £250 prize for each winning play. From May 2021 we will be open every other month for submissions.

Since March 2020 the project has played an important role in the development of numerous emerging playwrights. While established artists have risen to the challenge of creating work during the pandemic, a new generation of playwrights have not been given a meaningful platform. This initiative exists as a remedy.

During our Submission Windows we will allow access to the submission portal, which can be found here. You will only be able to submit your script during a submission window.
 
Before submitting your script, please make sure that:
  • Your name, email address and any personal details do NOT appear anywhere on your script
  • Your script is no longer than 1500 words, including directions and character names.
  • It includes a title page with a title, a synopsis and a casting suggestion for each character
  • It is either a PDF or Word file
Plays should be written for 1 or 2 actors.
 
The two selected playwrights will receive £250 each. We will try to give feedback to as many plays as possible but will only give it if we think it is helpful rather than for the sake of it - we don't have all the answers!

Each winning play will be produced (in audio form) and released on The Painkiller Podcast.
 
We request you do not submit more than one play per submission window.
We want playwrights to feel they can write about whatever they want to write about and we recommend that you have a listen to the podcasts we have already released on The Painkiller Podcast to get a sense of the kind of work we select.
 
We are also excited to read writing that seeks to push the boundaries of what can be achieved within this form. 
Finally, we like work that embraces complexity and moral ambiguity, and that understands how humour is essential to good writing.
 
@BitterTheatre on Twitter for updates.
Playwrights must be 18 or over to apply.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Dark Unicorn Productions Ltd. seeks audio scripts

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Deadline: February 27, 2022 5PM UK Time

Dark Unicorn Productions Ltd (UK) is seeking three audio scripts to fill gaps in a slate of 12 audio dramas (plus a Christmas special) to be released later this year in co-production with sound designers The Colour Noise, under the strand heading “Noisy Unicorn”.

Please ensure that you’ve read the details and conditions fully before submitting.

Submissions can be in any genre but must adhere to the following:
  • No less than 30 minutes and no more than 60 minutes in length
  • For no more than five actors (doubling up roles is permitted)
  • Must be for audio – no stage or TV scripts which require adaptation. If you wish to submit such, please ensure that before they request the full script, it has been formatted for audio. They do not have the resources to adapt and reformat work.
  • Must be original, or an adaptation of an out-of-copyright work. If you wish to have an adaptation of an in-copyright work considered, they must see proof that you have permission to adapt.
  • Not previously recorded for release.
  • Prefer script to have a monologue or some way to specifically showcases a solo performer
  • Has subject matter of topical interest which can be appreciated globally
  • Foregrounds the lived experiences of people of colour, whether in the UK or elsewhere
Selected scripts will be optioned for 12 months for a nominal consideration and, when produced, will be offered for sale globally as digital downloads on either a play-by-play or series-pass basis. 

All authors will receive a 10% royalty from the gross sales of their work.

This is a tight turnaround project. Please do not make a submission if you do not have the script, already formatted for audio, ready to go at short notice.

If you wish to be considered, please send, at this stage, a signal of interest accompanied by ONLY the following information:
  • Title
  • Logline
  • Synopsis
  • Character breakdown (with doubling indicated where required)
  • Estimated running time
  • Writer’s CV (Optional)

DO NOT send full scripts at this stage. They will request the full script from those authors they wish to consider more closely.

To reiterate - submissions with full scripts attached, undeveloped ideas, or adaptation ideas for anything other than out-of-copyright work (except where detailed above) will not be considered. Submissions which are made with the expectation that they will adapt a script for stage or screen to an audio audience will also not be accepted.

Please make your submissions to submissions@darkunicorn.org

Deadline: 5pm UK time on Sunday February 27th 2022.

Monday, February 21, 2022

On and Off Theatre Workshop seeks audio drama scripts

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Deadline: March 3, 2022

The On and Off Theatre Workshop (@onandoffwkshop) is looking for audio drama scripts to be produced in their next season. Chosen plays will get a full audio production and the playwright will receive a small stipend. Requirements below.

What we’re looking for:
  • 10-minute plays or 40- to 50-minute plays
  • 6 characters or less — no doubling
  • Plays that work for audio-only production
  • Deadline: March 3rd at midnight Mountain Time
Send a New Play Exchange link or full script to onandoffwkshop@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The Theatre of Others Audio New Play Festival 2022

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Deadline: February 13, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST


The Theatre of Others is seeking submissions of 20-30 minute plays for its second annual Audio New Play Festival, which will be produced in September and October 2022. 

This year’s prompt is “FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW.” You may interpret the prompt broadly - your play exploring whatever themes it generates for you.


Plays will be released on a weekly basis via The Theatre of Others Podcast, which can be found on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, and all your favorite podcast platforms. 

If your play is chosen, you will be responsible for your own rehearsals and production. 

The Theatre of Others will provide assistance with casting, dramaturgy, and/or technical design, and will help connect you with the artists you need to round out your team, be that a director, designer, or actors. You are welcome to assemble your own cast and crew; or, we are ready to assist you in this process as much or as little as you require.

REQUIREMENTS

The play must be crafted specifically for the audio play medium. Its sound design must be integral to the storytelling.

The piece must either be a brand new play or an existing play you’d like to significantly adapt to meet the needs of the audio play medium.

The play should still be under construction. That is, it should still be at a stage when the dramaturgical assistance The Theatre of Others has to offer can still be of help.

While we encourage broad interpretation, the play’s relationship to this year’s prompt, “FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW,” should be recognizable.

Each playwright may submit only one proposal. Playwrights who submit more than one proposal or script will be disqualified.


How to apply
Email your submission on or before February 13, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST to podcast@theatreofothers.com.

Submission should include the following:

Name of playwright and the working title of the play.

Name of director (if you have one at this time).

Names of any other artists currently attached to the project.

A 100-250 word synopsis of the play, including how it relates to the theme of FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW.

100-250 words on why this play is suited for the audio play format.

Please submit:


Resume for the playwright and director (if applicable).

A maximum 10-page writing sample. Playwrights who submit more than 10 pages will be disqualified. The sample can be either taken from a previous play or from the current proposed project. If the sample is from a previous play, please provide a 2-3 sentence synopsis of that play for context.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Scripts Wanted For Podcast

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Seeking scripts that suit an audio-only, dialogue-driven format for a new podcast, The Script Workshop Podcast.

https://anchor.fm/the-script-workshop-podcast

These will be simple, no-frills recordings. Just the dialogue, no sound effects or anything. Playwrights will get full credit of course and copyright info will be included. No money is involved unfortunately. We may do multiple episodes of the same script with different casts.

Seeking scripts of all lengths but must be only two characters, one male and one female.

Please email to thescriptworkshoppodcast@gmail.com and please include in body of email that you give permission for us to use it for the podcast as described. You will of course be notified if we use it and sent the link to the episode when it's done.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Wireless Theater Company Submission Guidelines

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We make up to five productions from unsolicited scripts a year. If you have a script you would like us to consider, please send over a ONE PAGE (or less) pitch containing:

– A synopsis of your idea

– Why it would work as an audio drama

– How many characters you expect it to have and a short paragraph about you as a writer.

Please send these embedded into the body of the email to info@wirelesstheatre.co.uk.

We are a very small team, so we are not able to respond to all submissions, but we do read every submission received. Here is an example of our preferred Audio Drama Formatting Sample – ideally all scripts would follow this format.

Writers retain copyright of their scripts, WTC own the copyright of the production. Accepting an offer of production with us means you agree to this.

Due to the high number of submissions we receive, you will only hear from us if your submission is successful. In 2019 we produced four original audio dramas (one series) from writers who submitted scripts via the above process.

AUDIBLE/BBC

We are mega proud to be regular content creators for Audible UK and BBC Radio 4.

If you have an idea you’d like us to pitch to Audible, please send us a short half page pitch, highlighting in particular why you think your drama would work for their platforms (they look for long content in particular) and with a rough outline of the story.

If you’d like us to consider pitching your idea to the BBC, please supply a 250 word pitch. The BBC audio drama guidelines for 2020 can be found here.

ONCE ACCEPTED..

Your scripts may be edited for structure, typos and continuity. You may occasionally be asked for re-writes.

Due to the high number of productions we already have lined up, it may be many months before your script is produced. But it will be worth the wait!

COMPLETE PRODUCTION SUBMISSIONS

Wireless Theatre offer a small fee to licence your complete high quality radio play to host through our site. We are interested in hearing your high quality MP3 formatted audio drama. To be considered for inclusion, please submit your high quality MP3 with a 600×600 pixel high quality cover image. Your work should not include copyrighted music.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Cheat Out Podcast Seeking One-Woman Play for Audio Production

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Deadline: October 1, 2021

I'm looking for a meaty, entertaining, one-woman script to produce as an audio play and share on my small solo podcast: https://cheatout.buzzsprout.com/

Open to all genres and subject matter (with the exception of musicals). Minimum Length: 10 Minutes/Maximum Length: 60 Minutes. No fees to participate; no restrictions on eligibility.

Plays may have been published and/or produced before. I do not need exclusive rights, but you must allow the work to exist on my podcast in perpetuity.

Writers may submit up to three (3) queries. Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2021. Chosen writer will be notified via email by October 11, 2021.

Writer will be paid a one-time stipend of $100 (USD) for the audio production rights. Your credit/bio will be posted on the podcast website and included in any marketing.

Please send a brief note of interest and succinct logline or summary of your script, including the character(s), subject and genre. Please don't attach the play at this time; I'll follow-up with those I'm interested in reading within two (2) days of submission. 

Email queries to: cheatoutpodcast@gmail.com

Thank you!

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) seeks audio plays from veterans

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Deadline: December 31, 2021

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) is launching a 10-minute audio play competition for playwrights who meet one of the following criteria:

- current or former US military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, foreign service, or intelligence service veteran 
 
- immediate family member of a current or former military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, foreign service or intelligence service veteran

Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to vetrep.theater@gmail.com and should include the veteran/immediate family member status of the playwright in the body of the email.

Plays should be:

- 10 minutes or less in length.
- Written as an audio play
- Any genre (but especially comedy and thrillers)
- Any subject matter; does not have to be related to veteran's service

Playwrights may submit more than one play

Plays should not have been previously produced and/or published

Winners and finalists will be notified via email no later than July 4, 2022. (Note: We will make every effort to have results back to submitters ASAP, however, in order to ensure fair treatment of each submission and to plan for any contingencies which may arise, we are providing a worst-case scenario for our timeline).

There is no participation or submission fee.

There is no guarantee that winners’ or finalists’ work will be produced by VetRep.

The competition winner:

- Will receive a $1000 cash prize.

- Will receive feedback from panel of judges.

- Will be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Incubator where Winner will have the opportunity to submit plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.

- Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).

The second-place finalist:

- Will receive a $750 cash prize.

- Will receive feedback from panel of judges.

- May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Incubator where finalist will have the opportunity to submit plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.

- Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).


The third-place finalist:

- Will receive a $500 cash prize.

- Will receive feedback from panel of judges.

- May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Incubator where finalist will have the opportunity to submit plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.

- Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).


The fourth-place through tenth-place finalists:

- Will receive feedback from panel of judges.

- May be invited to join the VetRep Playwrighting Incubator where finalists will have the opportunity to submit their plays for commissioning and production at VetRep.

- Will win a one-year PSH Subscription (www.playsubmissionshelper.com).

Founded in February 2021 in Newburgh, NY, Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) is a creative hub that brings talented veteran writers and professional New York-based artists under one roof to create compelling live theater and events. 

Our website will go live by the end of July at https://vetrep.org/. You can follow us at https://www.instagram.com/vetreptheater/ and https://www.facebook.com/vetreptheaternewburgh to see our latest events and updates.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition is accepting adventure and comedy entries

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Deadline: May 28th 2021

The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates exciting aural storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. Authors retain all script rights.

The theme for 2021’s competition is adventure and comedy scripts that engage and amuse audiences.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:
  • Please keep to one entry per author.
  • Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes (approximately 30 pages of script)
  • The script should be your original work/story. Adaptations of another author’s works or use of proprietary characters such as Dr. Who, Frankenstein, or Othello will lead to disqualification.
  • Please keep the script appropriate for listeners of all ages by meeting the following conventions:
  • 1) Avoid swearing. which includes “damn,” and “hell” and “God.” Failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification regardless of context.
  • 2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context. Romantic affection is fine. Details about intimacy are not.
  • 3) Avoid graphic depictions of killing or torture. It is understood that people can get bumped off for dramatic capital if needed (which is not to say it is necessary to do so) but if you do please avoid disturbing intimate details.
  • Given the current world situation, please refrain from submitting dystopic/pandemic fiction. This isn’t to say the subject can’t make for compelling drama, but a goal of this competition is to foster scripts that provide an escape for audiences of all ages from hearing about this topic.
  • Make sure your script is action/plot driven. To meet this criteria (and prevent repurposed stage plays) each script should have at least one location change.
  • Please make sure it is free of visual stage directions such as “Shonna blows him a kiss. He nods knowingly as Tyler silently walks off stage” or stage play set design details.
Winners will be announced on June 21st 2021.

Monday, May 3, 2021

inspiraTO’s Ten-minute Audio Drama Playwriting Contest

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Deadline: May 16, 2021, 11:59 pm E.S.T.

We are excited to offer our first ever ten-minute audio drama playwriting contest. There is a wonderful intimacy in listening to drama - like a stranger telling you a secret. Theater inspiraTO is ready to add your voice to further showcase the beauty and brevity of this art form.

Please read the terms and conditions below and scroll down to submit your play. Be part of it all.


TERMS & CONDITIONS

Six to ten, ten-minute plays will be selected and be professionally produced as a radio drama and hosted on the Theatre inspiraTO website.

You must submit online (scroll to the bottom of the page) by May 16, 2021, 11:59 pm E.S.T. There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play (if more than one play is submitted you will be automatically disqualified).

The play must be a ten-minute play. The theme "in-touch" must be an integral part of the play. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, a monologue, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We do not censor scripts for language. We do not accept musicals. This must be drama (a play). The contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world, without geographic or age restrictions (not open to the inspiraTO executive, board members or their immediate families).

What will happen

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be professionally produced as a radio drama and hosted on the theatre inspiraTO website in late October/early November 2021 for one year. Between six to ten, ten-minute plays will be selected.

Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by June 24, 2021. We do not give feedback on any play submitted. The production of the play, including the directors, cast and sound tech will be determined and executed by the inspiraTO artistic team.

Your creativity, our pledge

Should your play be selected, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre inspiraTO to produce the play in inspiraTO’s Ten-minute Audio Drama Showcase. Theatre inspiraTO will find the cast, director, production facility, editing and posting the finished play in audio drama format on the inspiraTO Festival website for one full year. Theatre inspiraTO will be offering this free to listeners and will not be collecting any fees from the public. Playwrights retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your creativity.

Submitting your script

1. You must submit online and fill out the form and attach your script (see below to submit). You may only submit one play (if more than one play is submitted you will be automatically disqualified). The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright's name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced at inspiraTO before). You must own the rights to the play (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

2. We only accept electronic submissions in PDF or a Word document. If you produce your work on a Mac, please be sure that your document will open on a PC.

3. Keep the format well-spaced out and easy to read. Examples of script formatting we like:

https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/stageus.pdf

https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/radious.pdf

4. You do not need to include any sound or music cues. The beauty of a well written play is that the director of the play (from inspiraTO) will see the potential of how to incorporate sound. Any sound/music cues you do indicate will be treated as stage direction and used at the discretion of inspiraTO’s artistic team. We want to produce the best radio drama we can and need to ensure the right technology is used and the overall flow and quality is appropriate.

5. The play needs to be ten-minutes in length. We allow a one-minute leeway: the play should not be less than 9 minutes and not more than 11 minutes long. When writing the script allow for sound elements and pauses to be incorporated. The best way to do this is to read your script, including pauses and potential sound cues, into your smartphone and time it. This is not an exact science so there will be room for rough estimates. The committee will disqualify any play that are clearly under or way over ten-minutes.

6. Theme: the play must address the theme, “in-touch”. You decide the story you want to tell that addresses the theme and that works best in an audio drama format.

SUBMIT YOUR PLAY HERE.


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What we’re looking for

We want you to tell a story using all the elements in writing a quality ten-minute play: distinct characters facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal – through the exclusive element of dialogue and sound. We want to see a complete story through rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment that addresses the theme, “in-touch”. Don’t be afraid to be bold, daring and imaginative: get the listeners attention fast and keep them interested.

Writing an audio drama

When writing an audio drama keep in mind that you are writing in an art form that relies on telling a story through the element of sound. Below are some links to further explore this fascinating art form.

If you want to be good in writing audio drama listen to audio dramas. Samples:

https://playingonair.org/new-releases/night-vision

Short plays (not necessarily a ten-minute play):

https://playingonair.org/new-releases/359am-a-drag-race-for-two-actors

https://playingonair.org/new-releases/jezelle-the-gazelle

https://playingonair.org/new-releases/2b-or-not-2b

Other websites we recommend you listen to: http://www.playmepodcast.com/

A plethora of audio radio drama resources (and a shout out to Jack Ward for his insight): https://sonicsociety.org/

Options to use in audio drama:


set up the scene in the form of a narration before the play opens


voice-overs: we can be listening into a character’s thoughts


allow room for sounds and sensations to be used that give clues to the environment of the play (i.e. wind, footsteps etc.)

An excellent primer in writing audio drama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uE3IHn5IuE

Final words

“You can do so much more in audio, you can go anywhere. Use your imagination; go from the top of Everest to the depths of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific. Travel to new worlds. Go inside someone’s head… go inside and live in their head…you can go microscopic…you can go cosmic.

Good radio drama, good audio drama, is ‘go and make a world’, go and paint a picture in sound, which makes the imagination create huge fascinating pictures…even huge fascinating pictures of tiny things. If it’s a man locked in a cell for twenty years, and you are just with him in that cell, you can still explore everything about the human condition, and you can do it with colour, and texture, and light.

And you’re just working in sound.”

-Dirk Maggs

Audio drama is more than just a blinded stage or screen. It has its own peculiar spectrum of aural shades and textures. Listen to audio dramas. Get to know them.

Hear your story come to life.

FILL IN THE FORM AND SUBMIT YOUR PLAY HERE.

If you have any questions please email: nicolesantospm[at]gmail.com

Thursday, April 22, 2021

StoryWorks: Decarbonizing Cascadia

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Deadline: April 30, 2021

Storyworks and InvestigateWest are soliciting pitches for a new audio play. StoryWorks is a groundbreaking documentary theater company that creates plays based on investigative reporting which are produced in communities across the country. 

StoryWorks has commissioned and produced 14 plays and one audio play . We are currently accepting pitches from playwrights for an upcoming large-scale audio play exploring the pathways to Decarbonizing Cascadia (ending the use of carbon based energy models to improve climate in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia), based on reporting fromcInvestigateWest. 

StoryWorks is a collaborative endeavor that engages artists with journalists throughout the process to create original plays that reveal the emotional , as well as factual, truths behind the reporting. We are eager to support the work of experienced writers who explore bold and challenging new forms in their writing. This is a call for pitches. Commission fees are competitive with industry standards and timeline.

The following links are reporting examples that will serve as a foundation for the play. InvestigateWest reporters are continuing to report on the issues and new stories are published daily. StoryWorks is an immediate artistic response to the news as it is being reported so these examples should serve as examples of the reporting, not the final source material. Once a playwright is selected, the artist will be given full access to all published and unpublished reporting as needed.

How Climate Action Fizzled in Cascadia

Climate Protection Drift and Despair

A Thin Green Line

Fighting British Columbia Pipelines to the Last Mile

Visualizing Climate Vulnerable Communities

Will Race and Income Inequalities Trip Up Cascadia’s Fight Against Climate Change

Tree Justice? Lawmakers Look to Revive Forests in Washington’s Cities

Pitch guidelines

Pitches will be accepted Friday, March 19, 2021 - Sunday April 30, 2021

Email your submission to: jenna@storyworkstheater.org

Subject line: StoryWorks Playwright Submission

1. StoryWorks pitch guidelines:

a. No longer than one page.

b. Identify important scenes and circumstances from the reporting that will create the foundation of your script.

c. Include the core ideas or themes that you are interested in exploring.

d. Identify sources in the reporting that you are interested in developing as characters in your script.

e. Highlight the emotional arc of the story including elements missing in the reporting that illuminate the humanity of your characters.

f. Explain your stylistic approach to the material and how it will transform the reporting.

*StoryWorks is not looking for a playwright to recreate the reporting on stage. We are looking for a collaborative playwright with a strong artistic vision to transform the reporting into a theatrical work of art. StoryWorks is committed to assembling an excellent team of designers and actors to ensure the best possible artistic standards for this production.

2. Please submit a one-page artist statement.

3. All scripts/work samples must be submitted digitally. Submissions should be attached to the email as a

Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF.

4. Work sample: Please submit a copy of a previously produced script.

5. We are looking for playwrights whose work employs:

a. strong personal or biographical element.

b. dynamic and imaginative language.

c. innovative structures.

d. strong audio potential.

6. A one-page résumé of the playwright.

7. Playwright finalists will be interviewed by members of the selection committee.

Important information:

Projected Launch Date: December 2021

We understand this process will generate questions. Please feel free to email anytime throughout the add

application process.

Questions regarding the project can be sent to jenna@storyworkstheater.org.

Some travel is required (COVID permitting) and costs will be covered by StoryWorks.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Call for Original Audio Scripts

Visit The Arlington Players website here: https://www.thearlingtonplayers.org/
Visit the Little Theatre of Alexandria here: http://thelittletheatre.com/

Deadline: March 8, 2021

In a joint project between the Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) New Voices Series and The Arlington Players (TAP), we are looking for your original 40-60 minute Audio scripts. Our call is open until March 8, 2021. It is free to submit and no pay is provided. We will select one show to be performed in May. We are hoping to broadcast a recorded performance on a local radio station, but if not possible, we will air via Zoom.

THEME
We do not have a specific theme other than the play must be an audio script. Any genre is welcome. 

SCRIPT REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be an original work, although it can have been performed in other places.
  • Must have a run time of between 40-60 minutes, no intermission. Scripts with run times outside of this will not be considered.
  • As we are attempting to have this broadcast on a local radio station, scripts can not contain strong language, or authors must be open to the exclusion of any strong language in the script. 
  • No musicals/scripts with music/movement pieces will be accepted at this time--no exceptions. Anything else is fair game.
BEFORE YOU SUBMIT
  • We accept scripts from writers of any age. In the event that two scripts are of otherwise equal quality, we will give priority to any writer under 40. You may choose not to identify if you are under or over 40, but will not be given the under-40 preference as a tie-breaker in that case. 
  • Up to 3 scripts may be submitted per playwright.
  • 10 pages of the winning script will be posted online during the audition call in a google doc so that actors may familiarize themselves with the material. The author may select these pages or may ask us to select for them.
THE PROCESS
  • Scripts must be submitted in blind PDF format by March 8, 2021. No late or incomplete entries will be considered.
  • All scripts will receive a notification if they are finalists or not by April. The top five scripts will move on to an in-person reading of the selection committee.
  • One script will be selected. The winner will be notified in April 2021. 
The winner agrees that no rights of any kind will be paid for this performance and that New Voices/TAP will bear the sole responsibility of selecting the director and any/all cast and crew. New Voices/TAP will also be responsible for paying all expenses for the mounting of this show. New Voices/TAP will not pay for the playwright to travel to DC, but will provide the playwright with performance time/station if on the radio or access to the zoom performance if done by that medium. The winner also agrees that no other theater in DC, MD or VA will be allowed to perform the play from the time of selection through June 2021.

To submit a show: https://forms.gle/czhy1w5cHEjfiJQm6
Any questions, please contact newtheatervoices@gmail.com.

ABOUT US
This is a collaboration between The Arlington Players and New Voices, which is is a project of NextGenLTA who represents those under 40 who act, tech, direct and enjoy theater at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. New Voices puts on performances of original works with directors under 40. The Arlington Players produces artistically challenging theater in the grand style, cultivating an environment of artistic excellence and education for artists, audiences and the community of Arlington County, Virginia, by providing opportunities to advance knowledge, skills and participation in the theater arts.

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