Calling All Young BIPOC Writers

Have a story you’re itching to tell? Need a creative outlet? Looking to add professional work to your college portfolio or resume? Kansas City Actors Theatre is on a mission to search for young BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color) writers to continue our current performance season of Radio Plays, complete with a cash prize! Your work could be produced by Kansas City’s finest professional actors and directors. Winners will have the chance to sit in and experience the process of producing a radio play from start to finish, where it will finally be aired on KKFI 90.1 and be published as part of our Kansas City Actors Theatre podcast.

What are we looking for?

10-12 minute radio plays to produce under our brand new theatrical program Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre.

All types of genres and subject matter. You can submit as many scripts as you’d like.  All submissions need to be original work by the writers.

What is a radio play?

A radio play is much like a live theatrical play or film, except there are no visuals. You must tell the story, create the characters, and paint the picture using only words and sounds.

Submission Format

A radio play script follows a distinctive format that allows the playwright to convey how sound and music will be used in the performance. For instance:

  • one page of dialogue is approximately one minute of air time
  • each scene should be numbered
  • lines are usually double spaced
  • sound and music cues are triple spaced
  • paragraphs are triple spaced
  • all cues are capitalised and numbered. Cue numbers start at number 1 on each page
  • notes for pronunciation, physical action, and position of characters are indented

You must also abide by FCC rules and regulations for radio broadcast.  Be advised that certain obscene swear words are not allowed for broadcast on public radio.  KCAT will ask you to change any words that violate the following guidelines.

Obscene
“Programming is obscene if (1) an average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the “prurient interest,” that is, that it seeks to stir up lustful thoughts; (2) it depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law and (3) taken as a whole, it lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.“

Indecent
“The FCC considers a broadcast to be indecent if it contains “language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory activities or organs.”  Also, “Caution should be used and discretion exercised in airing any double-entendres with sexual or excretory overtones.”

Please use this example for assistance in the writing format of your radio play.

Who Can Enter?

Young BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color) Writers in High School and/or College.

All writers of all backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to submit written work. BIPOC writers will be prioritized.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline:
February 28th, 2021

Will Air:
March/April 2021

Prizes

$100 for having a play selected for radio production

$50 award for being a finalist

How to Enter

Submission instructions coming soon.

Get to writing and check back!

Remember, submissions will be due February 28, 2021. If you have any questions contact submissions@kcactors.org. We look forward to reading your amazing work! Happy Writing!