I was contemplating prompts for the next Word Count Podcast when Word Count Irregular, Matthew Munson posted a photo from an stroll he took early one morning near his home.
Look at the photo off to your right. Does it not smack of writing possibilities? Where is that strange green light coming from? Whose foot steps do I hear behind me? What has the glowing eyes at the end of the alley?
So, dear sinners…we now have our prompt for episode 37 of the show:
“I was out for an early morning stroll when…”
The Word Count is open to submissions to anyone. And I want to be clear here. I affectionately call those who contribute more than once to the show the “Word Count Irregulars.” Submissions to the show are absolutely open to ALL artists out there. I have had poems, songs and rants submitted that have made it onto the podcast.
My point is this. If you write and want to expand your audience for free, this is a really fun way to do it. Just follow the submission guidelines and get writing!
But first, allow me to provide a little background.
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 and then record yourself reading it.
That's it. No ads, no hard sell. Just a podcast with great stories. I rely on the contributing writers and fans to promote the hell out of it and we are over 20,000 downloads at this point.
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.
Easy, fun and you'll pick up a few more fans. So...now you'll be needing the guidelines.
THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 37
Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)
DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 14 February 2014 (Bloody Valentine’s day) at MIDNIGHT.
THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the prompt (“I was out for an early morning stroll when…”).
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 MUST also contain the following:
- 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
- At the end of your recording, please add “This is <state your name> author of <state your work(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast”
- Permission to use your recording in the podcast.
Send your file to email@example.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 14 February 2014. 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.