OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS! The Word Count Episode 27

Pub_drinksWell, after the unexpected success of the last episode (and it was a good one.  Go listen FOR FREE.  I’ll wait…).

Before we announce the theme and post the guidelines, a little bit about The Word Count project.

I put together the podcast to feature writers (new and “old hands,” famous and just starting) as a way to get YOUR writing out there.  The show is simple; based on a prompt, you create an original short story, then record yourself reading it.  That’s it.  No ads, no hard sell.  Just a podcast with great stories.

Why do I do it?  It’s a hobby.  And I’ve been meeting wonderful authors through the show.  It’s all about networking and friendships.

The show has been downloaded nearly 10,000 times since it started, an average of about 500 per episode.

Easy, fun and you’ll pick up a few more fans.

So…you’ll be needing the prompt and the guidelines then.  Right.




Mistaken identity at the pub…”

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by MIDNIGHT (Eastern Time) Friday, 25 January

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original of yours. It could be a poem, short story, song—anything really as long as you write something based on the stated prompt (Mistaken identity at the pub…”). Do NOT exceed ten minutes. As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT ONLY, and please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail or contact me for a Dropbox link. 

Your submission should also contain the following (via e-mail):

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio
  • Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fanpage etc.
  • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  • A photo of you I can use for the show notes
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

At the end of the recording, please add the following: This is <YOUR NAME> author of <YOUR WORK(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast”? Send your file to (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by Friday the 25th of January. You can also e-mail me with questions before hand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case.

I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.



The Word Count Episode 27 – Prompt

writing-cartoonWell, the last show was a bigger success than I thought after a sixth month break…

And since the holidays are behind us and the rest of winter ahead, I thought a new set of prompts to vote on would get those creative juices flowing and warm the blood.

Off to the LEFT, I’ve posted five potential prompts for the next Word Count.  The poll will remain open until Friday, 11 January 2013.  You can vote once per day and make SURE your vote counted by checking the results!

I think there are a few good ones to choose from…so vote often an early and get your friends to help YOU pick the theme for the next Word Count!