Film Shortage is the online spot for short films. Featuring mind-blowing new shorts daily, with the freshest and most unique filmmakers today. We are now opening up our submission to short screenplays for the chance to be developed into a fully produced radio play!

This contest is dedicated to giving writers an opportunity to be discovered while also having their scripts produced into a well-crafted radio play by our team of producers. Each month the top script(s) will be professionally produced and featured on the Film Shortage Radio Play Podcast and distributed through Film Shortages' various platforms.

So, what is a radio play? Think of it as a high-quality table read professionally recorded with voice actors and sound designed by a team of top-notch audiophiles all while under the direction of an experienced storytelling team.

1. All scripts must be submitted in English, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.

2. All writers’ names should be listed in the online entry form. By submitting, the entrant warrants that all writers have authorized the submission.

3. To enter, you must submit in the following format only: PDF

4. Scripts cannot exceed more than 25 pages.

5. Feedback is not provided to writers at any time during or after the competition.

6. All rights and ownership to the script submitted remain with the original rights holders.

7. By submitting your script to Film Shortage, you represent that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on any copyright or other rights of other people or legal entities. The entrant indemnifies Film Shortage and its employees and subsidiaries and holds them harmless from any claims regarding infringement or dissemination of materials.

8. Once a script has been submitted, we will not accept revised drafts. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission.

9. There is no limit to the number of scripts you may submit.

10. Film Shortage does not share your screenplay with anyone except the staff and producers without prior permission.

11. Entry fees are non-refundable.

12. The screenplays submitted must not have been previously sold or produced.

Winners Selection

Film Shortage will select scripts to be produced throughout the year. Selected scripts will be contacted using the email address provided on the corresponding entry form. Film Shortage’s selection criteria are based upon the level of writing ability, originality, market potential, and appeal to the Film Shortage industry network.

By submitting your script for consideration to, you agree for Film Shortage and its producing partners to develop and produce your short screenplay into a radio play to be distributed throughout Film Shortage’s platforms i.e website, youtube, and podcast.

Any winners may have their name, script title, produced radio play, and pictures used for any Film Shortage promotions or promotions of our sponsors or affiliates.

Writer agrees that should his/her material be chosen as the winning script, the writer shall review and sign a Production Agreement before the script can be produced as part of the award. The Production Agreement, in part, states that the Writer gives permission to Film Shortage producers to develop the winning script into a radio play and understands that said radio play will be owned by Film Shortage. All ownership and rights to the script produced and submitted to this contest remains with the writer.