Submissions Open: The Word Count Podcast Episode 98

R. B. Wood

Former technologist, world traveler, & storyteller.

Humans: Of the Past

Three episodes left…then we close the book on the Word Count Podcast’s Decade of Original Free Flash Fiction.

I was going to end this year’s theme with the most dangerous animal of all: namely humans. But I felt one show wouldn’t do us monsters justice.

So Episode 98 will have a loose theme of “having to do with Humans of the past.” Tell a Timetravel story. A story set in the past (and how far back is entirely up to you). The sky is the limit for this month’s prompt–limited only by your imagination!

Ah. You’ll be needing the picture portion of said prompt. I nearly forgot:

WCPep98 Prompt


Intriguing, no? An ancient skull. Have at it, creatives!

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:

LIBSYN,  iTunes

and now on Spotify!

There are ninety-seven shows available right now!




DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by Sunday 30th August 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 30 August 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. ***