Share your story

Do you have a story, set in Adelaide? Complete the form below to sign up to present it at The AdLib Hour Open Mic Night.

Anyone over the age of 12 who lives in South Australia can join in. All you need is your story, a short description about yourself and to agree to the terms and conditions. If you are under 18 years of age you will also need permission from a parent or guardian who agrees to the terms and conditions.

You can share your story in writing or via an audio or video file. If you have any issues submitting your story, please email [email protected] or call us on 8203 7990 for help.

We encourage people living with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds to apply.

The AdLib Hour terms & conditions

  • These are the Terms and Conditions for The AdLib Hour podcasting program competition (“the Competition”).
  • The Competition is promoted by City of Adelaide (ABN 20 903 762 572) and its partner, Radio Adelaide.
  • Entry into the Competition is free.
  • In order to enter the Competition entrants must be:
    • aged 12 years or older, and
    • a South Australian resident, and
    • available to present their story at an Open Mic Night.
  • City of Adelaide staff, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the Competition.
  • To enter the Competition, entrants must submit a story which is the entrants’ own unpublished original work/s.
  • A maximum of one story per entrant will be eligible for inclusion in the Competition
  • To enter the Competition, entrants must complete the entry form.
  • Please refer to our webpage for themes as well as key dates of the Competition, including when story submissions open and close; workshop dates; The AdLib Hour Open Mic Night dates; radio broadcast dates and podcast publication dates.
  • Successful entrants will be notified by phone or email of the outcome of their submission within four weeks of the submission.
  • Successful entrants will be invited to present and record their story for the AdLib Hour podcast program at an Open Mic Night.
  • Successful entrants will not receive a monetary prize or compensation for their stories.
  • All story submissions will be reviewed by Adelaide City Library staff and volunteers. Stories will be selected based on the following criteria:
    • The story is suitable for a 'G-rated' general audience, including children
    • That your story is aligned to the Community Radio Codes of Practice. We celebrate diverse voices and stories.
    • The story is socially inclusive and does not adhere to any particular belief to the exclusion of others
    • The story is relevant to the theme
    • The story is engaging
    • The speaker is an effective presenter
    • The story is relevant to life in Adelaide
    • The variety and diversity of the collection of stories for the monthly program
  • Selection of successful entries is at the at the sole discretion of City of Adelaide.
  • If a successful entrant is unable to attend any of The AdLib Hour Open Mic Night dates, then that entry is no longer eligible and another successful entrant will be chosen. A proxy presenter may be considered in rare cases in order to support accessibility and inclusion. This will be at the discretion of City of Adelaide.
  • By submitting your story you consent to presenting your story and having your voice recorded, edited, broadcast on radio and published as a podcast by Radio Adelaide and City of Adelaide.
  • The Competition and The AdLib Hour is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. As an entrant you completely release Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Entry into the Competition is deemed as acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.

I understand that photographs and audiovisual footage (including but not limited to image, likeness and voice) (Recordings) of me/my child(ren) may be taken by or on behalf of the City of Adelaide or Radio Adelaide, and hereby agree that City of Adelaide and Radio Adelaide can use, copy, edit, adapt, modify, distribute and exhibit the Recordings in whole or in part, in any form or media, for any reasonable purpose, including educational or promotional purposes.

I understand and accept that there is no remuneration or other compensation payable to me (or the named child(ren), if I am signing this form as parent/guardian) in respect of the Recordings or their use, and acknowledge that I (and the child(ren) named above, if I am signing this form as parent/guardian) have no ownership or other entitlement in respect of the Recordings or publishing of my story.

I understand that I will retain ownership and Intellectual Property of my story but that City of Adelaide/Radio Adelaide will be the sole owner of all rights, including copyright, in the Recordings, from creation, and hereby assign to City of Adelaide any rights in the Recordings that I/the named child(ren) may otherwise have.

I also acknowledge that I have no right to be notified of, inspect or approve any proposed use of the Recordings, and hereby consent, including on behalf of the named child(ren) if applicable, to all possible uses (including but not limited to the adaptation, reproduction, rearrangement, editing, alteration, addition or deletion) and exploitation of the Recordings, and agree not to enforce and otherwise waive to the fullest extent legally possible, any moral rights or performers rights that I (or the named child(ren), if I am signing this as parent/guardian) may have now or in the future in respect of such materials.

If you have given permission for the City of Adelaide to share your story either in written or recorded form on the Adelaide City Libraries website or social media you acknowledge that you will not be notified or remunerated for your story.


Frequently asked questions

Share your story. The ones you share with friends and family. The ones that start with, ‘You’ll never guess what happened the other day!’, or, ‘Well, let me tell you about a time when I…,’ or, ‘Well, let me tell you a story about that’. It could be anything from the time you found a lost pet, to the story of your first home or time you came home to find your partner in a panic.

We will contact you about joining an upcoming Open Mic Night to present your story. Radio Adelaide will record and edit the recording for radio broadcast and The AdLib Hour podcast.

If you want help developing your story or presenting in front of the mic attend one of the upcoming workshops, ‘Develop and Present Stories for the Airwaves’. Head to The AdLib Hour learn page to book.

All members of the community who live, work or play in Adelaide are encouraged to enter.

Storytellers must be:

  • aged 12 years or older, and
  • a South Australian resident, and
  • available to present your story in front of an audience at a City Library Open Mic Night.

People of all abilities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. If you are experiencing any access issues please contact us so we can help.

There is no word limit or set time limit but 15 minutes is the maximum length. We are aiming to have lots of stories included in each 60 minute podcast.

We want to include as many people as possible so, only one story can be included in the podcast per person. If you want to share a second story contact us to discuss other options.

Stories can be submitted in many ways:

  • Online through The AdLib Hour submission form where you can share your story in written or recorded form
  • Complete the paper form (PDF) and post your story to Hutt Street Library addressed to:

Adelaide City Libraries -The AdLib Hour

235 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000

  • In person at any Adelaide City Library centre using the paper form (PDF)
  • If none of these methods are suitable, library staff are happy to help you with your submission. Please drop in to your nearest centre or call us on 08 8203 7990 to speak with a staff member

No problem! Follow these instructions or pop into an Adelaide City Library centre to ask for help from our team.

For Apple computers: https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/voice-memos/vmaa4b813415/2.3/mac/12.0

To attach file: Find the recording in your “Document Folder”.

For Windows computers: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/how-to-use-voice-recorder-6fbb53d5-0539-abda-a9a4-0bcb84a778e7

To attach file drag the recording from the Voice Memos window to the desktop directly so it is easier to locate.

If you are recording on your phone we recommend doing this as a video file via your camera. These files can be found in the camera roll folder.

You will be contacted by phone or email within four weeks of your submission.

All stories will be included in an Open Mic Night if they meet the following criteria:

  • The story is suitable for a 'G-rated' general audience, including children
  • The story is aligned to the Community Radio Codes of Practice. We celebrate diverse voices and stories.
  • The story is socially inclusive and does not adhere to any particular belief to the exclusion of others.
  • The story is engaging
  • The story is relevant to life in Adelaide
  • The collection of stories in each episode is varied and diverse

City of Adelaide together with Radio Adelaide reserve the right to have final say over whether stories are included in The AdLib Hour including the Open Mic Night, radio broadcast and podcast. Final edit of The AdLib hour for radio and podcast will be the discretion of Radio Adelaide.

If you have given permission for your story to be displayed on the website and it is appropriate content, it will be published after the program airs on Radio Adelaide.