Radio Theatre: WVXU and CCM launch playwright competition

UC students and alums can submit a short play for a chance to win and hear their play on 91.7

Cincinnati Public Radio 91.7 WVXU and UC’s College-Conservatory of Music are accepting entries for a new radio play competition, CCM Radio Theatre.

Presented by WVXU and the CCM Playwrights Workshop, the competition gives playwrights the opportunity to get their original play broadcast by Cincinnati Public Radio. Current and former UC students (including undergraduate, graduate and non-traditional students and those who have taken a class at UC within the past 10 years) are eligible to submit an original short play for a chance to win cash prizes. Entries are due by noon, October 1, 2021. Email submissions to CCM Acting Professor, Brant Russell

A panel of local industry professionals will select three winning scripts, which will be broadcast on 91.7 WVXU. The first prize winner will recieve $2,500, second prize will receive $750 and third prize will recieve $500. Each play will be produced, directed and perfomed by faculty and students in CCM's Acting, Commercial Music Production, Stage Management and Sound Design programs. 

Writers must follow these rules:

  1. Plays should be Cincinnati-centric. They should take place in Cincinnati, address issues that arise in our region, or be in conversation with our history, our present, and/or our future.
  2. Plays should have roles for undergraduate-aged actors. All plays will be performed by CCM Acting undergraduate students, so all roles should be written for performers in their late teens and/or early 20s.
  3. Plays should be socially relevant.
  4. Plays should be about 28 minutes in length.
  5. Plays should be suitable for public broadcasting and adhere to FCC regulations

All entries are due by noon on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. Email your submission to Brant Russell. Your submission email should include: 

  1. Your play in PDF format, attached to the email.
  2. In the body of the email, a description of your UC affiliation (if current student, program and expected graduation year; if alum, your degree and year of graduation or years of attendance).
  3. In the body of the email, a short paragraph about yourself (one or two sentences).

Please note: WVXU and the CCM Playwrights Workshop, as producers, may ask winning playwrights to edit their plays to ensure adherence to FCC regulations. Winning plays may undergo a brief development or workshop process. Please direct any questions to Brant Russell.

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