Submissions Open: The Word Count Podcast Episode 93

R. B. Wood

Former technologist, world traveler, & storyteller.


The recent devastating fires in Australia are heartbreaking in so many different ways. The loss of life. the loss of habitat.

So much loss.

I have friends in Sydney and Melbourne. Their stories nearly made me cry.

As a tribute to the brave firefighters and all those working to save both people and animals from the flames (and following this season’s theme of ANIMALS) here is the prompt for Episode 93:

WCPep93 Prompt

I read an article recently that said that koalas could be extinct by 2050.

I’m looking for stories this time around about animal activism and/or environmental heroism. I would love Koala stories but in this instance, the real key theme is saving our few creatures.

The guidelines for submission to the show are below–and anyone can send in a story for consideration. I’m always open to new writers and new ideas.

We would love to hear from you, either with a story submission or via social media. There is 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 500 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 the past (free) shows, the links below will take you to them:




There are ninety-one shows available right now!



GENRE: Any, but the story must be about animal activism and/or environmental heroism

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Sunday 23rd February 2020 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
  • Your latest bio (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST)
  • Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fan page, 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 me (at) rbwood (dot) com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 23 February 2020. 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. ***