The Word Count Episode 43 OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS


It’s October 1 as of this writing and those of you who follow the Word Count Podcast know that it is time.  Time for the fourth annual Halloween Special show!

I love this time of year—especially in New England where I live.  And the Halloween shows are always a special treat.  Therefore, I’m opening up submissions for episode 43 early to get those creative juices flowing and to perhaps get more than the usual number of submissions!

As a special treat, I’ve already invited my Urban Fantasy/Dark Fantasy/Horror compatriots from my new blogsite Graveyard Writers to participate this year!

But fear not, dear sinners.  We are also calling for open submissions as well.  The guidelines are below, but the theme for this very spooky special is “Graveyard” and most incorporate the following three words:

Cloak.  Knife.  Blood.

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 31,000 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 24 OCTOBER 2014 at MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

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

“Cloak. Knife. Blood.”

And must also involve a graveyard in some way.

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 me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 24 OCTOBER 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.

This time, there will be NO LIMIT to the number of stories we’ll be accepting.  Get writing and recording!


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