Submissions Open: The Word Count Podcast 84

R. B. Wood

Former technologist, world traveler, & storyteller.

National Park Desolation

Ah March, you fickle, fickle beast!

In New England, Mother Nature always tends to be a bit schizophrenic–on the one hand, it’s beautiful and sunny in the 60’s, on the other, we have the biggest snowstorm of winter. That’s in the same week, by the way.

I thought we’d use a picture that shows the split-personality that sometimes can be March:

WCPep84 prompt


This is a shot of Bryce Canyon in Winter. The “hoodoos” always remind me of the Southwest US with its hot temperatures and desert climate. While seeing these spectacular formations covered with snow seems so strange, don’t you think?

Let’s see what our authors–known as The Word Count 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.

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THE WORD COUNT PODCAST – EPISODE 84 “National Park Desolation”


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Saturday 30 March 2019 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story in English 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 the 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 March 2019. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but I 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. ***