The Word Count Episode 51 – The 5th Halloween Special **OPEN for SUBMISSIONS**

R. B. Wood

Former technologist, world traveler, & storyteller.

Still riding high after the most-excellent 50th episode of the #wordcountpodcast!

real-ghost-story-new-place-new-ghostsWhat a wonderful five years of themes, interviews, friendships and brilliant stories.  And next up is one of my favorite shows to host–the Halloween Special!

Ghouls and ghosties and all sorts of beasties have been written and sung about in past shows.  This time around, I’m looking for a simple ghost story.

That’s right.  No three word theme.  No twist. Just a tale that could be told around the campfire. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a horror story–some of the best ghost stories have been fantasy, comedy or romance.

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                  This NOT a good example.         

In the meantime, for those unfamiliar with the show…

The Word Count Podcast is truly one of my joys. I direct, produce, write and host the show—and also come up with the various themes our writers—The “Word Count Irregulars”—use to create unique and brilliant stories.

All for the listener and lovers of great storytelling.

There are no endorsements…no paid stories.  It’s all done for the love of the written word.  And downloads are always free.  Always.

The only thing I ask is a little help via social media to point folks at the show.

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THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 51 – 5th Halloween Special

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2015 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original ghost story

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
  • 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 <state your name> author of <state your work(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

Send your file to (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 23 October 2015. 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.