The Word Count Podcast Episode 39 Now Open for Submissions!

magens-bayWhat’s that itch?  Is it spring after a very long winter? Some sort of fungus? Bugs?

No!  That itch means it’s time for another Word Count Podcast!

The Word Count is not only open to this contributing crazy-people I call ‘The Irregulars.”  It’s open to ANY writer, as long as you follow the guidelines below.

But before the guidelines, what shall our theme be?

 With a Nor’easter on approach scheduled to bring even more snow to the Boston area, I’m having dreams of sun, surf, beaches and boozy drinks with little umbrellas in them.  So let’s go with that:

“I was walking on the white sands at Magen’s Bay in St Thomas when…”

So there it is.  Got those creative juices flowing?  Have at it then! I think I’ll make myself a Daiquiri and dream of warm waters and all the stories I’ll get for this one…

DaiquiriBut first, allow me to provide a little background on the Word Count for those of you not familiar with the podcast.

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 24,000 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 4 April 2014  at MIDNIGHT Eastern time.


THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the prompt “I was walking on the white sands at Magen’s Bay in St Thomas 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 (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 4 April 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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