First Word Count of 2014 OPEN for Submissions!

mountains_winter_night_stars_skyscapes_cottage_night_sky_1920x1080_wallpaper_www.wallpaperhi.com_76Happy 2014 everyone!

Now that the holidays are past, it’s time to chip a bit of winter ice off our Word Count Irregulars and start the new year with a new Podcast.

Which means episode 36 of The Word Count is now OFFICIALLY open for submissions!

But what, dear sinners, will we be writing and recording this time?

Here is our winter-themed prompt:

“The snow drifts covered the door and the windows of the cabin…”

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 show.

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 about the show.

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 nearly at 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.

Listen to past shows HERE or you can download/subscribe via iTunes.

Easy, fun and you’ll pick up a few more fans. So…now you’ll be needing the guidelines.



Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 17 January 2014 at MIDNIGHT.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the prompt “The snow drifts covered the door and the windows of the cabin…”).

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 (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 17 January 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.


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