Submit Scripts

Shots in the Night accepts submissions from writers. We are always looking for good, original radio plays of any genre.

Format

Your script needs to be a radio play (i.e. no stage directions or visual cues). We do not accept stage plays or screenplays. Radio scripts should include only things you can hear—i.e. dialogue, sound effects and music cues (stings, transitions, etc.). Radio scripts should also include a synopsis of the story, and a cast list of characters. There is no industry standard for radio drama script layout, so we will leave the exact formatting up to you; just make sure that it’s easy to distinguish the dialogue from the sfx and music. Here is an example of how to format your script.

We want to see the best possible draft you can achieve. We are not looking for early/first/rough drafts of scripts. Only submit when your script is ready.

We look for original voices – and original scripts that express those voices. We do not look for more of the same – we look for something new.

Length

To fit into our weekly 30-minute broadcast, plays can be a maximum of 28 minutes long (most scripts are about one minute per page but it depends on the formatting). Therefore, we accept 25-28 minute plays (which air in one part) and 50-56 minute plays (which air in two parts). We also accept shorts, which can be up to 10 minutes in length.

Fame Not Fortune

As a non-profit organization which really does operate on a shoestring/non-existent budget, we do not pay for scripts at this point in time. However, if we produce your play you will receive on air credit and a copy of the finished production.

Agreement

If we accept your script, we will send you a writer’s agreement, which:

Grants us permission to produce your script
Grants us Public Broadcasting rights to the finished production
Grants you, the writer, all rights to the original script

Feedback Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot always provide feedback on your scripts. Please do not be discouraged if we reject your submission. We reject scripts for any number of reasons, including excessive length, unsuitable content, and sometimes writing quality. Our advice is to keep writing as much as possible to gain experience, show your scripts to others for feedback, and take writing classes if you feel it would be helpful. Good luck!

Mailing Address and Email Address

We accept both hard copies of scripts and email submissions. Please mail scripts to:

Shots in the Night
c/o KKFI
PO Box 32250
Kansas City, MO 64171

You can email scripts in Microsoft Word, PDF, Google Doc or Text file format to:

info@shotsinthenight.org