8th Annual Scriptwriting Competition

ScriptingInspired by audio drama?  Is your pen itching to write?  Are your fingers vibrating off the keyboard?  Time to get those creative ideas flowing!  MAT’s Scriptwriting Competition is here again!

Midnight Audio Theatre is proud to announce their eighth-annual scriptwriting competition, an effort put forth by Merodi Media and WCBE 90.5 FM.  Since the first competition in 2011, our goal has been to encourage storytelling in the audio drama medium, regardless of writing experience or story genre.  Those stories chosen by our panel of judges will have their stories produced and featured on the Midnight Audio Theatre program during the 2019 year.  If you’d like to hear our winners from years past, you can check out our MAT Features, listed at the top of the website.

In an effort to encourage writers both locally and globally, the competition is open to anyone – there are no age or regional restrictions to submit your work!  As long as it meets the guidelines below, all stories are welcome.  If you have any questions or concerns, email us at midnightaudiotheatre@gmail.com.

Want to know more about the script requirements?  See below for more details….


We look forward to your submissions, and good luck to all!


DEADLINE:  Sunday February 3rd, 2019 at 11pm US Central Time


  • Maximum Length: 20 pages (not including title/character pages)
  • No more than 4 central characters (2 supplemental background characters allowed)
  • Content must be rated no higher than PG-13, and meet FCC Rules regarding obscenity content*
  • See our complete list of ‘Rules and Guidelines‘ for more information

If you prefer to use snail mail, please print out the application form at our online application page, fill it out and include it with your script submission. Send your materials to 540 Jack Gibbs Boulevard, Columbus OH 43215.



*Because of the nature of MAT’s late-night time slot, we have some flexibility of language on-air, but the PG-13 rule should still apply.  If you have any concerns or questions about particular wording allowed, you can inquire at midnightaudiotheatre@gmail.com


Confused about where to start?  Not to worry – check out some of these great resources:
— The Audio Drama Production Podcast is exactly what it sounds like, including scriptwriting info
— Advice and useful resources from BBC’s International Playwriting Competition of 2012
Radio Drama Revival has a treasure trove of links and resources for the aspiring script writer

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