SUBMISSION CALL: The Word Count Podcast Episode 79

R. B. Wood

Former technologist, world traveler, & storyteller.

Summer is just flying by–I can’t believe it’s August already!

Of course this means it’s time to open submissions for the next Word Count Podcast…and we have something very special in store for you this month. But No peaking! We’ll announce the specialness soon enough.

Last month we were LIVE from Readercon. It was an amazing experience–exhausting, but amazing. This month I’m fresh of the NECON experience which was, again, an amazing adventure. For someone with stroke-induced social anxiety, both conventions were challenging for me, personally. But more importantly, both cons were incredibly rewarding. I keep finding writers whose work I enjoy, and whose company I enjoy even more.

And yes, that MIGHT be a little hint of the surprise we have in store for you. 😉

This month’s prompt is a throw back to 33 years of corporate servitude employment:


But the prompt was also inspired by the new novelette by Todd Keisling entitled The Smile Factory:


Is that cover disturbing or what? I LOVE it.

Todd and I finally met IRL at NECON this year…and he was DELIGHTED at meeting me as the picture clearly shows (I’m on the left):

IMG 7595 e1532445783227“Fuck you, Wood”

So the prompt is “Today’s Corporate World.” I can’t wait to see what our #irregulars come up with this time!

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

I would love to hear from you, either with a story submission or via social media. I 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:

The Word Count Podcast Facebook Page

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




There are seventy-eight shows available right now!


THE WORD COUNT PODCAST – EPISODE 79 “Today’s Corporate World


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Saturday 18 August 2018 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on the picture theme and novelette mentioned 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 18 August 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. ***