HarperAudio, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, today announced it will kick off its first ever radio drama contest, open exclusively to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students and alumni of Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

A woman in front of a microphone for an audio recording
With sales of audio offerings like Mary Karr's 'The Art of Memoir' soaring, leading audio book publishers HarperAudio is looking to Tisch Dramatic Writing for original radio dramas.

HarperAudio, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, today announced it will kick off its first ever radio drama contest, open exclusively to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students and alumni of Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. The contest invites entrants to submit an original script for a radio play. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a publishing agreement from HarperCollins that includes an unabridged, multi-voice production of their script.

The contest submission deadline is March 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. In accordance with the Official Contest Rules, original scripts are to be sent as an email attachment to RadioDrama@harpercollins.com.

“The number of people listening to our traditional audiobook recordings is at an all-time high and we are keen to expand and innovate the types of recordings we publish,” Ana Maria Allessi, VP of Digital Innovation and Publisher of HarperAudio said. “One great way to do this is to publish stories written specifically for the spoken word. We’re thrilled to have the talented folks at NYU’s Tisch School as a partner in this pursuit.”

“HarperAudio is both one of the largest and most established audiobook publishers, as well as one of its biggest innovators, so we’re particularly honored that they chose to initiate this contest centered exclusively around our students and alumni,” said Terry Curtis Fox, Arts Professor and Chair of the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing in the Tisch School of the Arts. “The essence of our program is training students to work in any medium. Adding audio drama to the mix is a wonderful opportunity for our students and a logical extension of what we do.”

Contest entrees will be evaluated based on the story’s promise of delivering a compelling multi-voice audio recording, informed by previous radio dramas but also employing a fresh, contemporary approach. Entries will be judged by a panel from HarperCollins and NYU. The winner will be announced on April 1, 2016.

 


About The Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing
The Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch offers both BFA and MFA degrees with a focus on writing for stage and screen. The department is named for Rita and Burton Goldberg, lifelong fans of the American theatre, who also established the Goldberg Playwriting Award in 1998 to honor the best play or plays of the graduate and undergraduate students in the Department. Students enrolled in the program can study all areas of dramatic writing with concentrations in Film, Playwriting, and Television. Notable alumni include Kenneth Lonergan, Annie Baker, and current Oscar nominee Phyllis Nagy. For more information, visit http://tisch.nyu.edu/dramatic-writing.

About HarperCollins
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.


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