The deadline is Monday, Apr. 22, 2013 at 11:59 pm EDT (or 8:59 pm PDT). Now that’s out of the way, here are some of the competition details:
PRX [Public Radio Exchange] is looking for proposals to create short-form audio works about compelling stories, controversies, explanations, people, events, and insights about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). We have a total pool of $40,000 made possible by a grant from the Sloan Foundation.
Here’s what they are looking for:
- Highly creative, original works (we love Radiolab, SciFri, 99% Invisible, etc., but we want to hear YOUR style… don’t try to sound like them!).
- Story-driven but not necessarily narrative pieces. We want solid science reporting, but not presented in a standard newsy style. If you can make something that keeps a listener enthralled, that’s what we want.
- Proposals that address under-covered topics. We are looking at all STEM topics, but we’re especially interested in creative approaches to engineering and math, which don’t get enough radio attention.
- We will consider works that are already commissioned by another local or national program, but prefer original works. A commissioned work must be at pre-production stage, and must include PRX and Sloan Foundation credits in the body of the program, for all broadcast and digital versions. The final broadcast version of the piece or segment must be posted to PRX and open to all licensing and opt-in usage by stations and other purchasers.
- We prefer to work with one point of contact: a single producer OR a single lead producer of a small team. That producer must have final and complete say over story production, edits and the final product and is responsible for delivery of the agreed segment on time and on budget. The audio sample(s) submitted for this application must be by the lead or sole producer.
- The preferred production length is between 4 and 7 minutes. We will accept limited series as long as the segments are able to stand alone.
While the entries must be English language, anyone from anywhere in the world can submit a proposal. Producers also need need to have or set up an account with PRX. More specifically,
- PRX will be the exclusive broadcast distributor of the content for two years (or 24 months) after the work is posted to PRX and will retain a nonexclusive perpetual license for digital distribution. The producer owns the work and can post it on his/her own website, SoundCloud, and other open streaming sites with the proper crediting. Exclusive means that PRX will be involved in all discussions with broadcast outlets and have final say on all broadcast placement of the piece.
- All final productions must be in English for U.S. audiences and conform to U.S. professional broadcast standards (technical, legal, and appropriate language).
- Producers do not need to be a PRX account holders to apply. However, producers of the selected and funded productions must set up PRX accounts.
- If selected and funded, producers must upload their completed work to PRX.org to be made available to broadcast stations no later than July 15, 2013.
- There is no implication or agreement to hire, contract, or otherwise engage with the producers outside this competitive process.
- Producers must include required funding credits (to be provided by PRX) within the body of longer works or as adjacent credits with shorter material. Credits must also be included on any digital platform.
- All support funds will be paid in U.S. dollars.
- The producer is responsible for all rights clearances for any content included in the work.
- Producers can submit more than one proposal. Please submit a separate application for each proposed project.
- Producers outside the U.S. are welcome to apply. International story proposals are also welcome.
Here’s a partial list of what you need for your submission:
- A title for your proposed project.
- A short bio. If you also have past experience with STEM topics, let us know! It is NOT required, however.
- Two links to examples of your previous work with audio (or mp3 files if you do not have links). You do not need to create files that are specific to your proposal.
- Contact info for three references (not reference letters).
- Production budget and breakdown.
- Summary of the editorial and fact-checking plans; in particular for the STEM information at the core of the work.
- A Word doc, PDF, or txt file of your project description in 250 words or less.
- Your Twitter handle and a Twitter-length summary of your proposal (140 characters or less). PRX may choose to share these summaries publicly during the application process (you may opt out).
For anyone who’s curious about PRX, here’s some information from their home page,
Public Radio Exchange is an online marketplace for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming. PRX is also a growing social network and community of listeners, producers, and stations collaborating to reshape public radio.