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Scripted Short-Form Podcast
(Kids 8-12)


WIN $1000 USD

+ Chance to be produced
and distributed on Pinna!

By clicking Enter Contest you hereby accept the contest rules & guidelines.


Scripted Short-Form Podcast (Kids 8-12)

If you are a children’s writer or dream of being one – this contest is for you! In partnership with Pinna, the first and only audio streaming service custom made for kids, we are looking for great screenwriters to write a fun and engaging 3-5 page pilot episode and season outline for a Short-Form scripted audio series for children ages 8 to 12 years to be hosted on Pinna.

You may choose any topic and genre so long as you write a charming podcast to entertain young listeners with a creative story, memorable characters, and interesting premises that spark the imagination and curiosity of the young listeners.

Here are some guidelines to help you get started:
  • Series is episodic and self-contained.
  • Listeners should be able to drop in on any episode and not feel like         they’ve missed part of a serialized storyline.
  • A wide range of topics and genres are welcome
  • Episodes should be 2-5 minutes in length.
What you have to deliver:
  1. 1- A series logline
  2. 2- A script for one complete episode (2-5 minutes)
  3. 3- A series outline (10-episodes)
See below for submission examples


2-5 minutes


Submission Deadline is
Feb 11th, 2023

Contest Entry Fee

  • Free
See Guidelines



$1000 USD

License fee cash award
+ Chance to be produced &
broadcast on Pinna FM!

$500 USD
license fee cash award

$250 USD
license fee cash award


By clicking Enter Contest you hereby accept the contest rules & guidelines.


Contest Mini-Rules

This contest is free to participate in for all registered Open Screenplay users. Contest begins on Dec 13th, 2022 at 12:00 AM (ET) and ends on Feb 11th, 2023 at 11:59 PM (ET). There are a total of three (3) prizes available to be won as follows: one (1) First Prize consisting of a license fee cash award of USD $1000, and in Contest Partner’s sole discretion, the option of production, one (1) Second Prize USD $500, (1) Third Prize consisting of a license fee cash award of USD $250. Contest is open to registered Open Screenplay users, excluding residents of Quebec, Canada, who are 13 years of age or older at the time of entry (parental or guardian consent required if entrant is under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry). Odds of winning depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received before contest closes. Limitations apply. Full rules and entry details available at: Contest Rules & Guidelines

Some examples of current Surprise Box show

Phobia Chat

Ima Scaredycat, host of the Phobia Chat radio show, is a steady kitty–the perfect host for a show about fears. Or, wait, she seems to be flustered, maybe she's not... MEOW!

That’s Rich

Designer pig Maximillion Banks is your flashy and fabulous host who's on a mission to discover the ritziest and richest treasures this world has to offer. Explore a sparkling world full of wealth both pricey and priceless.

Fast-Fright Thrillers

In each episode of this anthology series, a new author creates a spooky story that can be told in under five minutes.

About Contest Partners


Pinna is an on-demand audio streaming service that reimagines kids’ entertainment, with podcasts, audiobooks and music that is expertly developed and carefully curated for kids 3-12. From science and fantasy to interactive game shows and mysteries, Pinna has hundreds of hours of programming to pique the interest of every kid.

Enter to Win

Participating is easy! There are two ways you can contribute:

START a new screenplay: simply sign in to Open Screenplay and click START SCREENPLAY on the main menu. Choose Surprise Box Scripted Audio Series contest to enter your screenplay into the competition. The screenplay must be completed on openscreenplay.com.

FIND a screenplay to contribute to: go to the Find Page and under type, select CONTEST ENTRY. Select any screenplays with Pinna Contestlabel below it. you have to request an invitation to the screenplay.

Chance to get produced!

The screenplay awarded the first prize will be considered for production! The screenplay must be original and must be written on www.openscreenplay.com.