New Shorts

New Shorts is an annual playwriting competition by Radio New Zealand in which finalists are selected to have their scripts produced in to full cast audio dramas. The completed audio dramas are available to listen to on the Radio New Zealand website.

Short plays by emerging writers and writers new to audio drama.

Each year the Radio NZ drama department runs writing-for-radio drama workshops throughout New Zealand, where the participants are invited to submit a 15-minute radio drama script to the New Shorts competition. The drama department chooses between three and six scripts for development and production.

A number of new writers have gone on the receive commissions for full-length radio dramas.