Boise State Public Radio's One-Minute Idaho Contest


A backpacking trip gone wrong in the Sawtooth Mountains.

An odd character downtown on a Tuesday at 3 a.m.

An awesome whitewater trip on the Salmon River.

A search for your own private Idaho.

Imagine these stories told in one minute or less.

Boise State Public Radio, the Idaho Department of Tourism and The Story Initiative at Boise State are asking for your one-minute stories about Idaho..

“We want to showcase Idaho as much as possible in as many ways as we can,” said Adrienne Zachary, BSPR marketing and special events coordinator.

A panel of judges will select three winners from the submissions. Those tales will be recorded for the BSPR website and will be broadcast on BSPR stations.

But Zachary's advice is to keep stories “as real and personal as possible. We don’t want people writing for radio; we just want good stories.”

The winners will also each receive a pair of tickets to see Ira Glass, host and executive producer of Public Radio International’s This American Life, at the Morrison Center on Saturday, Nov. 5—they'll also get to mix and mingle with Glass at a private reception preceding the main event. And one story will be chosen by Glass to be read aloud during his time on stage.

No excuses if you’re not from Boise—the lucky three will receive accommodations at a local bed and breakfast.

Stories must be 120 words or less and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. Visit to enter.

Participants are encouraged to submit photos to pair with their adventures, which will be posted on BSPR’s Facebook page.