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Submissions are only accepted from Teens in Sacramento County.

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Access Sacramento and KUBU-FM present:

The 4th Annual Teen Short Radio Drama Contest

Create a three to five-minute short fiction audio drama for broadcast on KUBU 96.5FM. The top ten submissions will air on KUBU local radio! Open to any teen in Sacramento County.  It’s easy to submit your .mp3 file through our submission form HERE.  Learn more about the contest by scrolling down.  Our rules are simple and we even have some winning examples for you!

Got Questions?

Teens with questions who are competing through their media classes should ask their teacher.

Teachers or teens with questions can also contact Donna Girot, Executive Director, Access Sacramento.

Ask Donna a Question
  • Contest Entries Due: April 26th, 2024
  • Winners Announced: May 21st, 2024
  • Top Ten Radio Drama Winners will air on KUBU 96.5 FM and through the KUBU mobile device app on Sunday, May 26th at 3 pm.
  • Submit on your own or collaborate with other Teens. (Collaboration is encouraged!)
  • Submissions must be a minimum of 3 minutes to a maximum of 5 minutes long.  Please do not include any credits.
  • Story must follow a three-act structure, with a clear beginning, middle and end.
  • Must be family friendly and without profanity.
  • Short Dramas must include sound effects and music. Any music is okay! The station pays licensing fees to play any music. Music cannot have a “Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics” warning.

If the submissions are through a high school media class, the teacher should ENTER HERE.

Artistic Merit (60 points)

  • Content / Plot – 20 points Excellent, seamless structure to communicate the story to an uninitiated audience. The message/intent of the radio drama is clear on the first listening. Excellent dialogue; distinctive and compelling characters.
  • Creativity / Originality – 20 points The production displayed independent thought and imagination. The style and concept are novel and distinct.
  • Entertainment– 20 points Excellent overall impression, enjoyment factor, and replay value. Audio delivery is confident.

Technical Merit (40 points)

  • Sound / Audio – 20 points Audio levels are consistent; clear sound with an absence of distracting noises (buzzes, hums, hisses, etc.). The music and sound effects selections complement the story.
  • Sound / Audio – 20 points The audio transitions are seamless, complementing the continuity of the story.

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 2024.

Listen to KUBU 96.5 on the SAP channel of your local cable channels 17 or 18, or on our website, www.AccessSacramento.org, or from anywhere through the KUBU mobile app on your mobile device.

  • First Place – $100.00
  • Second Place – $50.00
  • Third Place – $25.00
Need some inspiration?

Listen to these winning Teen Short Radio Drama Entries from previous years.

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