The Word Count Episode 28 OPEN for SUBMISSIONS!

AAAgunI love trying to guess what readers of my blog and fans of The Word Count will pick for each show’s theme.  For this week we had quite a few interesting choices, but one (as it always does) seemed to be the favorite and it wasn’t the theme I expected:

One. Two. Three. He caressed each bullet in the palm of his hand before slipping it into its chamber…

We’re gonna get some very interesting stories from this prompt!

So, what IS The Word Count and how do you participate?

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 over 10,000 times since it started, an average of

about 500 per episode.  Listen to past shows HERE or you can download/subscribe via iTunes.

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


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



Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by 1 March, 2013

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the prompt (“One. Two. Three. He caressed each bullet in the palm of his hand before slipping it into its chamber…”) 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.


Send your file to (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 1 March 2013. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. 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.



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