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Access Sacramento and KUBU-FM Present The High School Short Radio Drama Contest

Create a five-minute short fiction audio drama for broadcast on KUBU 96.5FM.  

The top ten submissions will air on the radio! 

Open to any high school media production student in Sacramento County. 


Contest Entries Due: April 30, 2021

Winners Announced: May 14, 2021

Winners Aired on Radio: Late May, 2021  


Can be created by one student or several students. (Collaboration is encouraged!). 

Cannot exceed five minutes, but must be longer than three. Do not include any credits. 

Story must follow a three-act structure, with a clear beginning, middle and end.   

Content must be family friendly and without profanity. 

Must include sound effects and music. Any music is okay. The station pays licencing fees to play any music. Music cannot have a “Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics” warning. 

Entry is free. Submissions are only accepted from teachers in a high school with students in Sacramento County.  

The teacher will email a list of the entries to  Teacher will place the individual MP3 files into a shared folder. This will be shared with the contest coordinator. The MP3 files should be accompanied by a document listing the title of the radio drama, the full names of each producer, the school name and the teacher advisor. “The Village Monster was written and produced by Tami Sears, Jorge Perez and Amy Smith. Additional voices included Jake Bluth and Cindy Li. This was a project of students of (teacher name). 


Teachers must collect a talent release form from each producer.   


Story 50%

The story is original, creative, and has a clear beginning, middle and end. 

Performance 30%

The acting and/or narration features clear articulation and appropriate patterns of stress and intonation in the reading (prosody). 

Sound Design 20% 

Effective use of music and sound effects create an environment for the listener. Audio levels are appropriately balanced. 


First, Second and Third Place, along with seven Awards of Merit Awards will receive certificates. All of these winners will air on KUBU in a special show in late-May 2021. 

Listen to KUBU 96.5 and stream from our website. Get the app and listen on your mobile device. 

$100.00 - 1st Place 

$ 50.00 - 2nd Place  

$ 25.00 - 3rd Place



Question:  I still have questions.
Answer:  Students with additional questions should ask their teacher.  Teachers with questions can contact PSA Project coordinator Brad Clark at or Gary Martin, Executive Director, Access Sacramento at

Students with additional questions should ask their teacher. Teachers with questions can contact PSA Project Coordinator Brad Clark at or Gary Martin, Executive Director of Access Sacramento, at