The World of Radio Drama Contest

Update: Deadline extended to January 17th!

We hope you all had a great Christmas this week! It's hard to believe that 2014 is almost over. We've done a lot of fun things this year, but we have one more event for you to enjoy.

Radio drama and radio in general has been a big part of peoples lives for nearly 100 years. Radio drama's popularity waned when television came around, but is now becoming popular again and people are finding new ways of listening to it. As Adventures in Odyssey fans, we, in turn, like radio drama in general. However, not everyone grew up hearing it. We all have different stories on how we were introduced to radio drama and how we experience it. We want to hear your story! That's why we've created The World of Radio Drama contest!

How do I enter?

Write a 150-300 word essay answering 1 of these 5 questions:

1. What was your first exposure to radio drama and what were your first reactions? 
2. What is your favorite radio drama program and why? 
3. Why do you think radio drama has lasted so long? 
4. How do you think radio drama in general has impacted your life? 
5. How have you listened to radio drama over the years? 

After you are done, send it to our email at adventuresinodysseyblog[@] Make sure to include the question you answered from the list above in the email. We'll read all the entries and then choose the best 3 essays based on creativity, grammar, and how effectively each essay answers the question.

Be sure to read all the rules at the bottom of this post!

What will the winners get?

The essay chosen as third place will win an MP3 copy of the pilot episode of the brand new radio drama series, Witnesses. It features Phil Lollar as Phillip, a shepherd giving his first-hand account of his experience with an angelic visitation and being one of the first to see the Messiah.

The second place winner will receive a copy of Volume 9: The Whispering Sphinx from the Creation adventures series, Jonathan Park. It's a thrilling 12 part story that tells the story of a mysterious man who has a sinister plan to control all of Egypt. To stop it, the Creation Response Team must unravel the mystery of Egypt's history, including its Biblical history. A CD copy will be given to residents of the 48 contiguous United States and an MP3 copy will be given to those in Hawaii & Alaska or other countries.

And for the grand prize winner...

Possibly the best example of modern radio drama is Radio Theatre's dramatization of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. Focus on the Family recently repackaged this epic series into a special collectible tin along with a color map of Narnia. Each CD features new, beautiful artwork as well. This special collection will be given to the person whose essay is chosen to be the best of the best! Anyone in and outside of the US will be able to receive the CD set.

What are the rules?

  • Any legal resident of any country may enter!
  • You must be 8 years old or older to enter.
  • Be sure to add you name, age, and state/country in the email with your essay.
  • Only 1 entry allowed per household.
  • Do not put any vulgar or swear words in your work. If Whit wouldn't say it, you shouldn't write it.
  • The essay must contain at least 150 words, but no more than 300 words.
  • The essay must be 100% your work. All the words must be your own unless you are quoting someone. Be sure to give credit to the person you're quoting.
  • Please proofread your essay for spelling and punctuation errors. We will still accept essays with errors, but your chance of your article winning will diminish.

The deadline to get your essay in is January 10th at 11:59 pm CST  January 17th at 11:59 pm CST. Shortly after that, we'll announce the 3 winners. Then, we'll email each winner for them to send us information for enable us to send them their prize. If a winner does not respond to the email within 3 days, we will choose another person's essay and give the writer of that essay the prize. The 3 winning essays will be featured on our website for people to read. We hope you all have fun writing. We look forward to reading your entries and hearing your stories!

We value your privacy. We will not give out your email address, physical address, or use the essays sent in in any way outside of this contest. This contest is not endorsed by Focus on the Family, CreationWorks, or Witnesses.

Austin Peachey

Austin Peachey is a die-hard reader and audio drama fan. He's run the Adventures in Odyssey Blog for over 8 years and has produced a few audio dramas of his own. He's also worked on the 2nd edition of The Official Guide to Odyssey and can be heard on Phil Lollar's Iliad House.


  1. I really hope to enter. The only thing I'm a little nervous about is giving away an adress should someone win... I really want my parents to let me do it!

    1. You're more than welcome to have your parents use their email to send in your entry. We won't use your address for anything but to get you your prize if you win.

  2. Can the topic of the essay only be one of the five questions or can it be two or three divided up by a paragraph?
    An excited (hopefully) contestant

    1. We'd like it to be on one subject, but if you'd like, we'll allow the use of 2 of the questions.

      Hope that helps!

  3. When will the winners be announced, and how any entries were there?

  4. I was wondering if you had a general time of when the anouncement would be made, and also how many entries.
    Thank you for doing this contest.


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