Submissions Open: The Word Count Podcast Episode 97

R. B. Wood

Former technologist, world traveler, & storyteller.

Strength in Numbers

This bloody year, huh?

My only hope, as someone who lived through various social upheaval cycles, is that what is happening now will truly lead to social justice and equality. “Numbers” get things done. Many voices are louder than one voice. And with our annual theme of animals, we’ve selected a ‘clan’ of Meerkats looking to protect their burrow and each other:


WCPep97 prompt

I’m calling the episode “Strength in Numbers.” Let’s see what our Word Count Irregulars make of this one!

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:

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

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and now on Spotify!

There are ninety-six shows available right now!


THE WORD COUNT PODCAST – EPISODE 97 “Strength in Numbers”


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Sunday 28th June 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 and send to me (at) rbwood (dot) com 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 28 June 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.

One minor note: 28 June is also my brother’s 60th birthday!!

***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. ***