Radio Dramas

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" is a nationally-syndicated radio drama program featuring original radio plays by contemporary writers as well as adaptations of traditional favorites—everything from classic murder mysteries, "radio noir," and historical dramas to contemporary comedies, thrillers, and science fiction...

Radio Drama Program

In the sections below, you can check our schedule of plays, find out who is behind the show, learn how to submit scripts and visit other audio drama sites via our links.

The dates below indicate the date we upload each play to our website (usually around 10 PM Pacific time). You can listen to "Shoestring Radio Theatre" on-demand or find out how to tune into one of our radio broadcasts on our homepage.

January 8 and 15
All’s Fair In Love, War And Backgammon
Set against the background of an international backgammon tournament in San Francisco, this original murder mystery reveals the behind-the-scenes investigation of a serial killer who is stalking the participating champions.
  • Wrtten by ............... Randy Parker
  • Directed by ............. Randy Parker
January 22 and 29
Chip of the Flying U
Ranch hand Chip Bennet of the Flying U ranch has a lot of hidden talents. They will be discovered by Della, sister of the owner of the ranch. An attraction develops between Della and Chip which neither one expected to happen.
  • Wrtten by ............... B. M. Bower
  • Dramatized by ........... Neville Teller
  • Directed by ............. Paul Dougherty
February 5
Punch and Go
What really goes on behind the scenes of a theatrical play? You’ll find out in this comedic tale.
  • Wrtten by ............... John Galsworthy
  • Directed by ............. Anne Stone
February 12
Summer Retreat
What secret is the Anderson family hiding from daughter Julie’s beau? How do the Sherriff and the Coroner fit in? The answer will be revealed in this mystery.
  • Wrtten by ............... Ray Morgan
  • Directed by ............. Steve Rubenstein
February 19
Remember This is Only a Warning
.Professor Jane Gadwaller enlists the help of private eye Kitty Elliott when she is threatened by former associates from her days as a secret agent.
  • Wrtten by ............... Monica Sullivan
February 26 and March 4
Based upon real events that took place in Seattle. This is the story of one of its founders, a woman named Madam Lou Graham, whose contributions have been erased from the history books.
  • Wrtten by ............... Kate Danly
  • Directed by ............. Steve Rubensten
March 11
Dream Scars of Velara
First contact with the Velaran people does not go as expected in this science fiction tale.
  • Wrtten by ............... Lenora Rain-Lee Good
  • Directed by ............. Steve Rubensten
March 18
Club Dead
Murder on a holiday, with no refunds. And a group on holiday never know who will be the next to die.
  • Wrtten by ............... John Leatherman
  • Directed by ............. Paul Dougherty
March 25 and April 1
The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allan Poe tells the story of Roderick Usher and his sister Madelne. When the doctor comes to the house, he finds out strange things are happening.
  • Wrtten by ............... Edgar Allan Poe
  • Dramatized by ........... Neville Teller
  • Directed by ............. Melissa Flower
April 8
No Tree
It is two days before Christmas, and William and Abby are awakend by the drip drip drip of their kitchen sink faucet. As the couple attempt to distract themselves from the incessant noises of their home, a detective appears at their door, and asks William about a stranger who has been reported loitering around the couple’s home. It becomes apparent then that, beneath the dripping, lies a horror story.
  • Wrtten by ............... Mark Sherstinsky
  • Directed by ............. Melissa Flower
April 15
Miner's Canary
Four female misers discuss their experiences as miners. However, is this really all that is happening?
  • Wrtten by ............... Charlotte Jung
  • Directed by ............. Melissa Flower
  • Monica Sullivan
  • Steve Rubenstein
  • Greeta Ahart
  • Rob Avila
  • Dawn Bailey
  • Tom Backos
  • Heather Clisby
  • Tamar Cohn
  • Cynthia Cravens
  • Erik R. Deckers
  • Stephen Dietz
  • Chrissy Dodds
  • Kathy Dominici
  • Paul Dougherty
  • Melissa Flower
  • Geoffrey Gallegos
  • Julie Long Gallegos
  • Charlene Godard
  • Geoff Godard
  • Frances Germeshausen
  • Virginia Handley
  • Mim Herzenstein
  • Russ Hickman
  • Marilyn Hughes
  • Steven Kacsmar
  • Byron Lambie
  • Adam Ling
  • Ian Mackenzie
  • Pam Mackenzie
  • George McRae
  • Frank Munnich
  • Paul Nowack
  • Annette Oliveira
  • Randy Parker
  • Louis Parnell
  • Nico Pemantle
  • Damien Pickering
  • LeAnne Rumbell
  • Bryan Session
  • Anne Stone
  • Darryl Standring
  • Randolph Varney
  • Clinton Vidal
  • B.K. Wells
  • Perry Whittle
  • Jeff Wincek
  • Jonathan W. Wind

Submission Guidelines

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" accepts submissions from writers. We are always looking for good, original radio plays of any genre. We have produced dozens of scripts submitted by writers from all over the world who originally found us on the web.

Your script needs to be a radio play (i.e. no stage directions or visual cues). We do not accept stage plays or screenplays. Radio drama scripts should include only things you can hear—i.e. dialogue, sound effects and music cues (stings, transitions, etc.). Radio drama scripts should also include a synopsis of the story, and a cast list of characters. There is no industry standard for radio drama script layout, so we will leave the exact formatting up to you; just make sure that it's easy to distinguish the dialogue from the sfx and music.

To fit into our weekly 30-minute broadcast, plays can be a maximum of 28 minutes long (most scripts are about one minute per page but it depends on the formatting). Therefore, we accept 25-28 minute plays (which air in one part) and 50-56 minute plays (which air in two parts). We also accept shorts, which can be up to 10 minutes in length.

Fame Not Fortune
As a non-profit organization which really does operate on a shoestring budget, we do not pay for scripts at this point in time. However, if we produce your play, we absorb all production costs and it will air nationally on public radio stations across the country. You will also receive a copy of the finished production.

If we accept your script, we will send you a writer's agreement, which:
  1. Grants us permission to produce your script
  2. Grants us Public Broadcasting rights to the finished production
  3. Grants you, the writer, all rights to the original script

Feedback Policy
Unfortunately, due to the volume of scripts we receive, we cannot provide feedback on your scripts. Please do not be discouraged if we reject your submission. We reject scripts for any number of reasons, including excessive length, unsuitable content, and sometimes writing quality. Unfortunately, even if we really like the idea, we do not have time to work with writers to improve their scripts. Our advice is to keep writing as much as possible to gain experience, show your scripts to others for feedback, and take writing classes if you feel it would be helpful. Good luck!

Mailing Address and Email Address
We accept both hard copies of scripts and email submissions (Microsoft Word, PDF or Text file).

Please use the contact info below.