Ends on February 15, 2018


The Sarah Awards and Audible are partnering up for this year's short fiction audio contest. We're calling it the Brave + Bold Audio Fiction Contest and we want you to blow us away with audio fiction we've never heard before.  The winner of the contest will receive a $15,000 development deal with Audible to create an audio fiction pilot. The deadline for submission is Thursday, February 15, 2018.


Brave + Bold wants you to create a short scene of your audio fiction vision. It should be short—only  two to four minutes—it can be anywhere in the story. You can leave us hanging after the first few minutes, drop us into the middle or your story, or even tell us the end. Think of it like you're teasing us with a clip of your story and have us wanting more.


In keeping with our short contest tradition, Brave + Bold has dialogue prompts written by various Sarah Lawrence College writing faculty that should be used as creative inspiration for your submission. 

  • "Nicknames are like death." (Clifford Thompson)
  • "Some people like Siri, but I prefer the Magic 8Ball." (Brian Morton)
  • “I could feel you shuddering next to me; you didn’t understand what was happening.”(Nelly Reifler)
  • “They leave under cover of dawn, like duck hunters or criminals.” (JoAnn Beard)


These must be followed in developing your Audio Scene:

  • The Audio Scene must be fictional. While Entrants are welcome to submit original science fiction scenes, we are especially interested in fiction genres other than science fiction.
  • The premise of the Audio Scene should be clear and demonstrate potential for a complete audio show with ongoing seasons.
  • The scene must depict a clear conflict. “Conflict” is open to interpretation but it should be the engine of your series, driving the plot forward.
  • No more than 5 characters may be involved in the scene. 
  • The scene should NOT be a trailer featuring a montage of clips, or a trailer of disconnected flashes.
  • The Audio File must be between two and four minutes in length.
  • The Audio File must be submitted as an mp3 ONLY. This file must be in audio format only and may not consist of any video or still images.
  • Submission must be in English.


  • Be a legal resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Be at least 18 or the age of majority in your state of residence.


  • The Audio Scene must not currently or previously have been the subject of a publishing agreement or option with any publisher (but you may submit your self-published work if you retain all worldwide distribution rights in and to the work) in any format, including audio, digital, and print formats.
  • The Entry must not include your real or pen name anywhere in the Audio File.
  • The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes upon any rights of any other party, including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or any other intellectual property rights. 
  • The Submission must not in any way disparage Sponsor or any other person or party.
  • The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous.
  • The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual, or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
  • The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations of the United States or of any jurisdiction where the Video is created.
  • The Submission must not promote illegal drugs or firearms, or the use of any of the foregoing, or any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, and must not promote any particular political agenda or message.
  • The Submission must be consistent with Sponsors’ image and values, and be consistent with and satisfy the purpose of this Contest.

The judging of this Contest will consist of one judging period in which finalists will be selected by Sarah Lawrence College (The Sarah Awards) and one judging period in which the potential winner will be selected by Audible.

(2/16/18 TO 3/1/18): 
  • Between 2/16/18 and 3/1/2018, a panel of judges representing Sarah Lawrence College will select up to 12 of the top Entries to advance to the Audible Judging Period. Finalist Entries will be selected based on the following judging criteria: 20% - Originality of Voice; 20% - Emotional impact; 30% - Strength of plot and scenario; 20% - Believability; 10% - Implementation of Creative Prompt. The College reserves the right to advance fewer than 12 Entries to the Audible Judging Period in its sole discretion.
(3/2/18 – 4/1/18) 
  • Between 3/2/18 and 4/1/18, a panel of judges representing Audible will review all Finalist Entries selected in the College Judging Period and will select one potential Winner. The potential Winner will be selected based on the following judging criteria: 15% - Originality of Voice; 15% - Emotional impact; 15% - Strength of plot and scenario; 15% - Believability; 30% Assessment of ability to develop a greenlight proposal; 10% - Implementation of Creative Prompt. Audible’s determination shall be final and in its sole discretion.
  • You grant Audible the exclusive first publication rights to your Entry in all formats if you are selected as a Finalist. You grant us and our respective affiliates and agents permission to use, without charge, portions of your Entry, along with your name and stated reason for creating the Entry (if provided) for any purpose in connection with this Contest until April 30, 2018.  
  • You also grant us the right to edit the formatting and display of your Entry, and to create literary or any other types of effects in respect to your Entry without compensation or approval.
  • You consent to the worldwide use of your name, biographical information, photographs, videos or likenesses in any manner and in any medium now in existence or later invented for any purpose in connection with the Contest without additional compensation, notification or permission, except where prohibited by law. 
  • If you are selected as the Grand Prize winner: enter into a $15,000 development agreement with Audible (which shall include standard deliverable requirements and obligations) to develop your Audio Scene into a full series pitch, which includes a full series pitch, a production plan and budget, and possibly additional audio scenes. You will be responsible for fees, taxes, and legal regulations associated with the Grand Prize.
  • By participating, you waive, and agree not to make, any and all legal claims against Audible, its associated companies, The College and any other company involved in this Contest, and you release these companies from any liability for any harm of any kind which may arise out of your participation in the Contest or acceptance of a Grand Prize.
  • Audible, its associated companies, and any other company involved in this Contest are not responsible for any damage or loss caused by your use of the Contest Website or any associated website, or your Entry in the Contest.
  • The Contest is governed by Washington law. You waive any right to trial in any action related to this Contest and the Official Rules. Any claim relating to the Contest or the Official Rules shall be settled by binding arbitration, conducted in King County, WA. 
  • Your personal information collected by Audible may be used to contact you for marketing purposes, for which you will be provided with a method to opt out. Audible may use your personal information in accordance with its privacy policy at www.amazon.com/privacy.


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