SUBMISSION CALL: The Word Count Podcast Episode 77

R. B. Wood

Former technologist, world traveler, & storyteller.

Episode 77 of the #WordCountPodcast is open for submissions!

We have an interesting prompt this time around. A dilapidated playground on a beach:

WCPep77 Prompt

Episode 77  is called “Where have All the Children Gone?” and while  potentially relevant based on current US news events, this picture also reminds me of the 2006 post-apocalyptic novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy. He is one of the amazing contemporary writers of our time and if you haven’t read The Road or other works of Cormac’s…get on that. This particular novel won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction in 2006.

The guidelines for submission to the show are below–and anyone can send in a story for consideration. While we certainly love the stories our Word Count Irregulars supply, we are always open to new writers and new ideas.

We would love to hear from you, either with a story submission or via social media. We have a Facebook Page that could use a few ‘likes.’ The more listeners and contributors we have, the better the shows can be.

There are over 400 original stories at this point—all free for your listening pleasure, all we ask is for people to help get the word out. Click the link:

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If you want to listen to past (free) shows, the links below will take you to them:




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THE WORD COUNT PODCAST – EPISODE 77 “Where have All the Children Gone?


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Saturday 30 June 2018 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on the picture theme above.

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
• 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 author of and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast.”
• Permission to use your recording in the podcast.
• PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 30 June 2018. 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.

***NOTE: I will NOT accept stories that are discriminatory in ANY WAY (whether it be by race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, etc.), or that include rape. ***