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A Teacher and Her Radio by Pablo Staricco Cadenazzi 

A Nurse Volunteering During COVID-19 Mass Infection by Hyowon Park 

While the world came to a standstill just over a year ago, podcasting as an artform has continued to thrive. Interview someone in your life about a significant experience or challenge that they’ve overcome during this past year. Create a short-form podcast episode using sound bites from this interview to create a compelling audio story. You should briefly introduce the person, dive into their unique story, and conclude with how this experience has shaped them moving forward. Feel free to use narration, music, and sound effects to heighten emotion, and/or to advance the story for the listener as-needed. The interview should be recorded remotely (i.e. over the phone or Zoom) or safely with those who are part of your quarantine pod. The audio podcast you submit should be no longer than 10 minutes long, and hit all the right notes as a powerful listening experience for an audience.


Podcast should be no longer than 10 minutes long.

Accepted audio file formats include: AIFF, ACC, FLAC, MP3, MP4, OGA, OGG, and WAV

Deadline to submit: May 28 , 2021 at 2PM PT.


Our monthly challenges are open to everyone in the Sundance Collab community. One entry per person, per challenge. All submissions will be viewable to the community. All submissions will be given equal consideration and the final winner will be determined by the consensus of the designated Sundance judges.  

Only those submissions that meet the criteria outlined in the submission guidelines can be selected as the winner.

The challenge closes on May 28, 2021 at 2PM PT.

If you have questions regarding the challenge, please email Please do not contact members of the jury directly.


Winner will receive: 

  • The winner will have their work featured on Sundance Collab
  • One-on-one mentorship session with a Sundance Advisor
  • Sundance Collab  Annual Creator Membership (12 months) which includes:
    • Invitation to monthly Member-only Advisor Q&A Live webinar
    • Opportunity to receive feedback from a Sundance Advisor on work-in-progress you post to Share Your Work
    • Eligible to participate in online Writing Groups (coming soon)
  • Final Draft screenwriting software (12-month license)

Runners-up (two will be selected) - Sundance Collab Annual Creator Membership (12 months) 

Submission Guidelines

One entry per person, per monthly challenge. The limits for monthly challenge submissions are the following: podcasts – 10 minute limit.

Technical Details

Podcasts: Accepted audio file formats include: AIFF, ACC, FLAC, MP3, MP4, OGA, OGG, and WAV

Other: If your file format fits outside these formats, please contact us and we will see if we can accommodate it.

(Please do not use copyrighted material without permission as part of this monthly challenge.)

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