Call for Scripts - Fall 2015

Bartleby the Scrivener, Part 1


Chatterbox Audio Theater is looking for writers who can scare our socks off, make us laugh out loud, flood us with sorrow, or inspire our deepest thoughts. Entertain us -- and you could earn the chance to entertain our growing global audience.

Selected scripts will be produced during our Fall 2016 podcast season.

Chatterbox shows remain permanently available for free streaming or download. As a Chatterbox writer, you can claim a worldwide audience -- and know that your work will remain easily accessible to new listeners.

Are you ready to have your work produced by an internationally recognized audio theater with listeners around the world? Awesome. Let’s do this!


Who Can Submit: Any writer (or writing team) age 18 or older

What We Want: Top-notch narrative audio scripts in any genre. Scripts can be original stories; adaptations of literary works in the public domain (not protected by copyright); reinventions of folk tales, legends, or myths; or anything else you can imagine.

What We Don’t Want: “Old-Time Radio” shows, spoofs, sketch comedy or improv, or any scripts based on copyrighted material.

Length: Scripts should be 20 to 40 minutes in length.

Format: Please format your script using the Chatterbox sample script (PDF | Doc) and template.

Deadline: November 15, 2015

Fee: None. Enter your script for free!

Judging: Entries will be reviewed by a panel of experienced writers, directors, and producers, many of them long-time Chatterbox contributors. Writers of selected entries will be contacted to confirm eligibility of their work and discuss other details of production. Final selections will be announced in April 2016.


Email your completed script as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file — with the subject line “ENTRY: [your last name], [script title]” to


Q: What’s special about your podcast?
A: Chatterbox is one of very few podcasts offering fictional material performed by a full cast. We record all of our shows “live” with actors and sound effects artists performing together -- the same way it was done on radio back in the 1930s and 40s -- but we are not an “Old-Time Radio” theater. Our storytelling style is fresh, modern, and innovative, and we are looking for stories that will surprise, entertain, and appeal to our growing global audience.

Q: What kind of stories do you produce?
A: We’ve produced literary adaptations, dramas and comedies, mysteries, horror stories, alternative fiction, fantasy, children’s theater, and much more. The best way to find out what types of stories Chatterbox likes is to listen to some of our 70+ shows -- all of which are freely available via our website, RSS feed, and iTunes.

Q. Can I write anything I want?
A: With a few exceptions — no “old-time radio,” spoofs, sketch comedy, or improv — yes! The important thing is to be inventive, original, and surprising. Tell us a story that no one else could. Reinvent an old tale in a bold new way. Retell a literary classic for a modern worldwide audience. In short, create something amazing using nothing but dialogue, sound effects, music, and the power of imagination.

Q: Can I write an adaptation of a published short story, book, play, etc.?
A: Yes, we love literary adaptations -- but the original work must be in the public domain, meaning it is no longer protected by copyright. A good rule of thumb is to stick to works that were first published in the US before 1923. Confirming a work's availability is up to you! If something looks iffy, we probably won't take the risk.

Q: Is there a standard script format?
A: We prefer it when writers use Chatterbox’s script format — and we make it easy with our downloadable Sample Script (PDF | Doc) and our MS Word Script Template. If you don’t use Word, an open-source alternative such as OpenOffice or NeoOffice should work. Scripts should be submitted in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

Q: If I submit a script, am I giving up my rights to the material?
A: Absolutely not! If the script you enter is selected for production, however, you will need to grant all recording rights permanently to Chatterbox Audio Theater. This is because all our productions are posted to our website and iTunes, and remain permanently available for free download and streaming, and we need to protect the recording we have produced. You will retain all other rights to the material (publishing rights, performance rights, etc.). If you're uncomfortable signing over recording rights, please don't submit a script.

Q: What if I have more questions?
A: Please email us at We’d be delighted to hear from you.