Audio Submission Guidelines

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The Missouri Review’s 9th Annual Audio Contest is now closed.

**Thank you for your submissions! Please check back in October 2016 for the 2017 prize.**

$1,000 first prize in each category

You decide your entry fee!

You can now submit your entries online, as well as pay your donation through our secure server.  Please note that we only accept entries in mp3 format. Please make sure that your entry is under 20 MB and that you use Chrome, Firefox or Safari to submit.

Winners and select runners up will be featured on our website and on our iTunes podcast. Select runners up also receive cash prizes. All entrants receive a one-year, digital subscription to the Missouri Review.

Listen to the winners of past Audio Competitions here.

Categories

Poetry

Poets are encouraged to enter an original poem or collection of poems as a single audio file for this category.

Judging will be based on the following criteria: literary merit, technical proficiency, and how the author uses audio media to further the literary strength of his or her piece.

Time: 15 minutes or less
First Prize: $1,000

Prose

Writers may enter a short story, narrative essay, or other form of literary prose. For this category we are not interested in academic essays or purely journalistic writing/reportage. Entries may be solely author-read or contain other voices, tracks of sound, or music.

Judging will be based on the following criteria: literary merit, technical proficiency, and how the author uses audio media to further the literary strength of his or her piece.

Time: 15 minutes or less
First Prize: $1,000

Audio Documentary

Entries should be audio only (no video). We are interested in short documentaries on any subject. Documentaries can be presented in a variety of forms, including narrative, interview, or documentary play. Entries will be judged on strength of the script and subject, ability to meet their objective (stated or unstated, i.e. a comedic short that’s funny, or an artist interview that is informative, fresh and insightful), and technical facility (including sound, reporting, presenting and/or acting).

Time: 15 minutes or less 
First Prize: $1,000

Humor

A new category this year! Whether it’s a long joke, great anecdote, hilarious story, true of false, we just want to laugh.

Time: 15 minutes or less
First Prize: $1,000

 

Contest Guidelines


Entry Fee: In an effort to expand our contest, entry fees (previously $20) are now payable by donation. We ask only that you contribute what you feel is fair, keeping in mind that literary journals, and contests, cost money to run and that your contribution includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review. All of your donation money goes directly to support the continued production of The Missouri Review and its programs.

Previous first-place winners are not eligible to win again.

Postmark Deadline Extended to: Prize closed for 2016

Multiple entries are welcome, accompanied by a separate donation for each title you wish to have considered. We are happy to accept previously published or aired pieces as submissions, so long as you, the entrant, hold the rights.

Online Submission System

You can now submit your entries online, as well as pay your donation through our secure server. Please note that we only accept entries in mp3 format. Please make sure that your entry is under 20 MB and that you use Chrome, Firefox or Safari to submit.

Mailed Submissions

Technical Requirements: Mailed entries should be sent on CD only. CDs should not contain any audio other than entry material. Include a brief program synopsis and bio of the writer/producer. For poetry submissions, please record each poem as a separate track.

  • a completed entry form for each entry
  • a copy of the entry on a CD, labeled with writer/ producer, title and length
  • a brief program synopsis and short writer/producer bio
  • a donation as entry fee (make checks out to The Missouri Review)

Send Entries To
The Missouri Review Audio Competition
357 McReynolds Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

 

Questions? Please visit our FAQ. If your questions isn’t answered there, email us: MUTMRcontestquestion@missouri.edu

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