The Apple Seed, a storytelling podcast from BYUradio hosted by Sam Payne, wants 15-minute radio scripts for ongoing production.

Contact theappleseed@byu.edu to submit a completed treatment outline (below) and to schedule a pitch meeting.

If your submission is selected for development, you will be paid.

See below for sample links that provide guidance for tone, production level, and subject matter.

The Apple Seed needs 15-minute scripts within two categories: original radio dramas and reader’s theater. Family-friendly content required, with target audience ages 8-15 and their parents. Think Disney-esque pieces which appeal to children but are sophisticated enough for adults and children to share an experience together.

Original Radio Dramas

  1. 15-minute “one off” story (not serialized) with beginning, middle, and end. Demonstrates a complete story arc and enough character development to keep the audience engaged and able to follow the story from beginning to end.
  2. Material may be an original idea or adapted from public domain literature.
  3. The target genre can be whatever you love to write about, including but not limited to comedy.

Examples of original radio dramas previously produced for The Apple Seed
Note: These links will take you to the full episode in which the story originally aired.

  • Winning DeeDee: A family is excited to win a cleaning robot, but the robot starts malfunctioning and the family has to work together to defeat it and save their house. (At the 37:40 mark)

  • The Shiny: A couple of young squirrels head out on an adventure at the San Fernando Zoo to find a precious treasure: The Shiny! (At the 31:19 mark)

  • Sus: A group of college students travel from Mars to Earth on a study-abroad trip and discover that someone on the ship is an impostor. (At the 33:20 mark)

  • The Comics Trip: A magical comic book helps a boy understand his dad better. (At the 26:19 mark)

Radio Drama Collage

Other examples of family-friendly audio dramas
Note: These are serialized stories, which is not what we are looking for, but they are good examples of the tone, subject matter, and the level of production we are after.

  • Treasure Island 2020: A swashbuckling, time-traveling re-imagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island. Nominated for a Peabody Award. From BYUradio.
  • Eleanor Amplified: World-famous radio reporter Eleanor Amplified foils devious plots and outwits crafty villains, all in pursuit of the big story. From WHYY Philadelphia.
  • Young Ben Franklin: A fictionalized mystery with a young Ben Franklin at its center. From Gen Z Media.

Reader’s Theater

  1. 15-minute story from the public domain. American copyright law now allows adaptation of works (novels, short stories, theater, movies) from before 1926. See www.publicdomainreview.org for more information. International copyright law is typically less restrictive.
  2. Open to most genres. Ghost stories, coming of age, musicals, comedies, westerns, sci-fi, or any combination you can think of.

Examples of reader’s theater previously produced for The Apple Seed
Note: This links will take you to the full episode in which the story originally aired.

  • Sleepy Hollow A spine-tingling retelling of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. (at the 38:17 mark)