The Word Count Episode 41 OPEN for Submissions!

signingcontractWell, episode 40 was a marvelous success for the Word Count Podcast!  We had nine intrepid authors who submitted stories for our “Three Word” prompt.  The show lasted 90 minutes and took two days to put together.  I’m thinking we are finally at the point where I will need to limit the number of stories I place in the ‘cast.  For future reference, I’ll be imposing a new time limit (down to 7 minutes from ten) and will limit the number of stories to SEVEN as well.

After all, I’ve been told seven is a most magical number.

Now, below fine a new set of three words for consideration, creativity and consternation:


“Sign. Compact. Mobile.”


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.


A little 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 over 26,000 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 6 June 2014 at MIDNIGHT Eastern time.


THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the key words:

“Sign. Compact. Mobile.”


Do NOT exceed SEVEN 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 6 JUNE 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.


I will be limiting the number of stories to SEVEN per show, the criteria being “first come, first serve” –so get writing and recording!



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