How do I enter?

We are inviting audio drama producers – both established teams and emerging newcomers – to enter Audible’s Audio Drama Production Competition. Winners will be awarded a £5,000 grant and will get free access to Audible’s state-of-the-art studios in Barbican, London to develop one of their own productions.

To enter, applicants must draft a two page proposal which details how they intend to produce their dramatisation of a pre-selected fifteen minute script extract provided by Audible (either crime, classic, historical or sci-fi).

All four script excerpts can be downloaded from the links below:
Proposals must be submitted to prodco@audible.co.uk in either Microsoft Word Document or PDF format by 23:59 Friday 28th June 2019. This two page document should include:
  • A short description of your team’s influences and preferred audio drama styles
  • Information about you and your team, including a brief career history (you’re welcome to include links to previous work if desired)
  • Details about how you would approach your production stylistically
  • Details of how you might interpret the script; how might you put your stamp on the sound design or setting to lift it off the page?
  • Details about who would direct your drama, how would produce it, and thoughts of who you would cast for key roles using actors you have pre-existing relationships with
  • Details about how you intend to edit, sound-design and score your drama

A panel of judges will review pitches – considering suggested production methods and ideas – will select four finalists, and contact shortlisted candidates by 23:59 Friday 9th August 2019.

These finalists will be invited to Audible’s London studios to record their 15 minute drama. After each drama has been recorded, finalists will have four weeks (20 working days) to edit and complete their final submission.

Final submissions should be emailed to prodco@audible.co.uk in November (exact dates to be confirmed later this year) and will be considered by a panel of judges. We will be assessing quality, innovation and creative use of production techniques and sound design to elevate the audio drama format.

The winning team will be awarded a £5,000 grant; will get free access to Audible’s state-of-the-art studios in Barbican, London to record one of their own productions; and will be considered for Audible’s network of preferred production partners.

For more information, please review the terms and conditions below, or contact prodco@audible.co.uk with any questions.

RULES

Please read these Rules before entering the Audible Production Competition (the “Competition”). By submitting an entry, you acknowledge you have read and agree to be bound by these Rules and the decision(s) of Audible Limited (“Sponsor”, “we”, “our” or “us”) and the judges, and that you satisfy all eligibility requirements.

1. HOW TO ENTER.

The Competition entry period begins at 00:01 (GMT) on 30th May 2019 and closes at 23:59 (BST) on 28 June 2019 (the “Entry Period”).

To enter, email a copy (in either .doc or .pdf format) of your team’s production plan breakdown for a 15-minute audio drama production excerpt, using one of the four scripts provided on the Competition website, to productioncompetition@audible.co.uk. Your entry must outline your approach to the script, your reasons for choosing this script, a recording and post-production schedule (incorporating rough estimates where necessary), the members of your proposed team and their individual/collective experience, plus short samples of previous audio productions if applicable. Your entry must be authored solely by you/your team, and must be no more than two pages long.

2. ELIGIBILITY.
a. Open to production teams/groups in the United Kingdom each of whom are at least 18 years of age.
b. Multiple entries from the same person or group of persons are not permitted.
c. Entries that are longer than two pages, or illegible, will be excluded.
d. Entries that Audible considers defamatory, obscene or unlawful will be excluded.
e. Entrants may not be members of any guild, union or other organization that may prohibit them from participating in this Competition and that would restrict, require due payment or otherwise have the right to oppose such entrant’s participation in this Competition.
f. Not open to employees or independent contractors of Audible.
g. All Entries must be received during the Entry Period to be eligible. Our servers and clock shall be the official clock for all phases of the Competition, and entrant’s proof of a submission does not constitute proof of receipt by us.
h. We are not responsible for (i) lost, misdirected, late, incomplete, or unintelligible entries or for inaccurate entry information, whether caused by entrant or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of entries; or (ii) any printing, production, human or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Competition.

3. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY.
In addition to the Eligibility requirements above, you must follow and meet the following conditions when submitting an entry:
a. You/your team must be the legitimate and sole author(s) of the entry.
b. You must be able and willing to travel to London for a day of recording in the event you are selected as a finalist.
c. Each entrant, by accepting these Rules and entering this Competition, represents and warrants that (i) they are the author of their entry; (ii) they own all right, title and interest in and to the content of the entry/ies, including all patent, copyright, trademark, service mark, mask work, moral right, trade secret or other intellectual property or proprietary right; and (iii) they have received the written consent of any person (or parent or legal guardian if such person is a minor) who appears or is identifiable in any entry.
d. If an entrant appears or is identifiable in their entry, such entrant consents, by virtue of submitting the entry to the Competition, to our use of the entrant’s name, likeness, photograph or image, whether in writing, audio, and/or video, for any purpose, in any media, without compensation or additional consideration. We may at any time during the Competition request proof of such consent(s) and disqualify any entry for which such consent(s) cannot be provided. We may disqualify any entry which we determine, in our sole discretion, at any time does not to comply with any requirement, representation or warranty described in these Rules.
e. Each Finalist may be required to sign and return an Eligibility Affidavit; Liability and Publicity Release or other form requested by us. Failure to return any required document by the date requested will deem the winner ineligible to receive the prize.
f. Entrants agree to indemnify and hold harmless Audible, any person or any entity involved in any aspect of the Competition (including funding, judging or administration), and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advisors, contractors, and advertising/promotion agencies (collectively, the “Released Parties”), for any action or claim brought by a person whose consent the entrant did not obtain.
g. By entering this Competition, you acknowledge and agree that we will be required to process your personal data in order to administer the Competition and conduct publicity about the Competition. All information submitted in connection with this Competition will be treated in accordance with our Privacy Notice, located at http://www.audible.co.uk/legal-terms/privacy-policy?moduleId=201648650.
h. We will collect personal information primarily to process your entry and to contact you if necessary. We will share your information with third parties that have a need to know for the purposes of administering the Competition (such as the judging panel).

If you do not agree to these Rules please do not submit an entry.

4. JUDGING.

First Round. After the Entry Period, each eligible entry received will be rated by a panel of Audible experts (in their sole discretion) based on creativity, uniqueness and execution plans. Four finalists (each a “Finalist”) will be selected and announced by no later than 9th August 2019 (the “Finalist Announcement Date”). We will not contact you if you are not selected as a Finalist. Each Finalist will be notified by phone or e-mail.

Each Finalist will have seven days from the date of our notice to respond and confirm acceptance of the Finalist Prize (as defined below). If a Finalist (or any substitute Finalist) is disqualified, ineligible, cannot be reached, or fails to claim the Finalist Prize within seven days of our notice, that Finalist (or substitute Finalist) will forfeit the Finalist Prize and it will be awarded to the entrant who submitted the next highest rated entry, as determined by the judging panel. If, having attempted to contact a Finalist and the substitute winner for such Finalist, we are unable to award a Finalist Prize, we reserve the right to consider such Finalist Prize unclaimed.

Final Round. The Finalist teams will be invited to record their 15-minute drama excerpt over a half-day at Audible Studios in London (the “Finalist Prize”), where they will be expected to arrange and execute their own recordings (including casting). An Audible representative will attend parts or all of each recording session to observe and provide feedback on each team’s technique, organisation and atmosphere. After each drama has been recorded, finalists will have four weeks (20 working days) to edit and complete their final submission.

Final submissions should be emailed to prodco@audible.co.uk. Each Finalist’s entry will be rated and compared against the other Finalist entries by the judging panel based on quality, innovation and creative use of production techniques and sound design to elevate the audio drama format at all stages of the production process – including respect for copyright (no unlicensed materials can be used e.g. commercial music), pre-production work, in-studio work and post-production systems (collectively, the “Judging Criteria”). One winner (the “Grand Prize Winner”) will be selected based on the Judging Criteria and will be notified by phone or e-mail on or about 22nd November 2019.

5. PRIZES.

The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a non-transferable cash prize of £5,000 and the right to record a production of their own in our Glasshouse Yard Studios (at a time and date to be determined by Audible). If the Grand Prize Winner (or any substitute winner) is disqualified, ineligible, cannot be reached, or fails to claim the Grand Prize within seven days of our notice, that Grand Prize Winner (or substitute winner) will forfeit the Grand Prize and it will be awarded to the entrant who submitted the next highest rated entry. If, having attempted to contact the Grand Prize winner and the next three substitute Grand Prize winners, we are unable to award the Grant Prize, we reserve the right to consider it unclaimed.

All decisions of the judging panel are final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into. Non-winners will not be notified. The names of the Finalists and Grand Prize winner and their county of residence will be provided on receipt of a written request sent to productioncompetition@audible.co.uk within 30 days of the award of the applicable prize.

Each Finalist and Grant Prize winner will be responsible for paying all costs and expenses related to the applicable prize(s) that are not specifically mentioned, including, but not limited to, taxes, and any other expenses that might reasonably be incurred by the winner in receiving or using the prize. Each winner may be required to submit tax filing information in order to claim the prize. All prizes awarded will be inclusive of any taxes we are required by law to withhold as well as applicable sales, use, gross receipts, goods and service, or similar transaction based taxes, as determined by us in our sole discretion. All other taxes, costs and expenses associated with acceptance and use of any prize not specified in these Official Rules as being provided are the sole responsibility of the winners. IF TAXES ARE APPLICABLE TO THE PRIZES, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER TO PAY TO THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES. PAYMENTS TO COMPETITION WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO THE EXPRESS REQUIREMENT THAT THE WINNER SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUESTED BY US TO PERMIT COMPLIANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE TAX REPORTING AND WITHHOLDING REQUIREMENTS. Competition winners are responsible for ensuring the tax documentation submitted complies with all applicable tax laws and requirements. If a winner fails to provide the documentation or submits incomplete documentation, the prize may be forfeited and we may, in our sole discretion, select an alternate winner.

We reserve the right to substitute any prize (or portion thereof) for an item of comparable or greater value, in our sole discretion. All physical prizes will be awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose).

6. GRANT OF RIGHTS

Finalists grant to Audible and its affiliates a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual right and licence to use any audio production they may record at our studios for marketing and promotional purposes.

By participating in this Competition, each entrant agrees to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless Audible, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, related companies, advisors, advertising/promotion agencies, distributors, vendors, and prize suppliers, as well as their directors, officers, and employees from and against any and all claims, liability, costs, losses, damages or injuries of any kind arising out of or related to the entrant’s participation in the Competition and/or related to any prize or component of any prize.

7. ADDITIONAL TERMS.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to change these Rules or cancel the Competition at any time, or to modify, terminate, or suspend the Competition should viruses, worms, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes beyond our control corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper play of the Competition or submission of entries. We are not responsible for any human or other error that may occur in the processing of the entries, nor are we responsible for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, or for technical, network, telephone, computer, hardware or software, malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of, or failure to receive any entry information on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website. We are not responsible for injury or damage to any entrant’s or any other computer resulting from downloading any materials in connection with the Competition. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the entry process, the outcome of the Competition, or the operation of the Competition or website; to be acting in violation of these Rules; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE COMPETITION MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, WE AND OUR AFFILIATES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND/OR OTHER RELIEF FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

8. MISCELLANEOUS.

By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules. No transfer, assignment, cash redemption or substitution of prizes is permitted except by us due to prize availability and then with prizes of equal or greater value. The Competition is governed by the laws of England & Wales. As a condition of entering this Competition, entrants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Competition, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of England & Wales with respect to any claim, action or proceeding arising out of this Agreement and waives all objections to jurisdiction and venue of such courts. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will entrants be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waive all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, including attorneys' fees, other than entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. costs associated with entering), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. Entrants agree that the decisions of Audible and the judges related to the Competition are final.

9. SPONSOR AND PRIZE PROVIDER.

Audible Limited, 26-28 Glasshouse Yard, London EC1A 4JU.

10. WAIVER OF LIABILITY.

Audible will not be responsible or liable for: (i) any failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or other conditions beyond their reasonable control; (ii) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled or distorted or damaged transmissions or entries; (iii) any disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond their reasonable control; or (iv) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Competition.11. COPYRIGHT.

The Competition and all accompanying materials are copyright protected by Audible Limited and its affiliates. All rights reserved.