Category: Audio

Taking Submissions: The Other Stories #70: Post-Apocalypse II

Deadline: May 17th, 2021
Payment: $5
Theme: Post-Apocalypse

If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories! If accepted, we’ll get our fantastic narration team to lend their voices, our editor will sprinkle some magic pixie dust on the track, and you could have your story heard by thousands of listeners each week.

(Vol 70.) Post-Apocalypse II; deadline 17th May

!!!NEW SUBMISSION PROCESS!!!

SUBMIT YOUR STORIES USING THIS FORM

If, this form isn’t working, then please email your submission to [email protected] as a last resort. But please let us know why as we’re hoping to use the form going forward.

Title your email with the following syntax:

SUBMISSION | STORY TITLE | THEME | WORDCOUNT

(e.g. SUBMISSION | THE MARTIAN | SPACE | 1,982)

It is important that your story complies with our Submission Guidelines. Any stories found not to be in compliance will be immediately discarded. Click HERE for details

If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!
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Taking Submissions: The Other Stories #69: Space II

Deadline: May 3rd, 2021
Payment: $5
Theme: Space II

If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories! If accepted, we’ll get our fantastic narration team to lend their voices, our editor will sprinkle some magic pixie dust on the track, and you could have your story heard by thousands of listeners each week.

(Vol 69.) Space II; deadline 3rd May

!!!NEW SUBMISSION PROCESS!!!

SUBMIT YOUR STORIES USING THIS FORM

If, this form isn’t working, then please email your submission to [email protected] as a last resort. But please let us know why as we’re hoping to use the form going forward.

Title your email with the following syntax:

SUBMISSION | STORY TITLE | THEME | WORDCOUNT

(e.g. SUBMISSION | THE MARTIAN | SPACE | 1,982)

It is important that your story complies with our Submission Guidelines. Any stories found not to be in compliance will be immediately discarded. Click HERE for details

If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!
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Taking Submissions: The Other Stories #68: Alternative Realities II

Deadline: April 19th, 2021
Payment: $5
Theme: Alternative Realities II

If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories! If accepted, we’ll get our fantastic narration team to lend their voices, our editor will sprinkle some magic pixie dust on the track, and you could have your story heard by thousands of listeners each week.

(Vol 68.) Alternative Realities II; deadline 19th April

!!!NEW SUBMISSION PROCESS!!!

SUBMIT YOUR STORIES USING THIS FORM

If, this form isn’t working, then please email your submission to [email protected] as a last resort. But please let us know why as we’re hoping to use the form going forward.

Title your email with the following syntax:

SUBMISSION | STORY TITLE | THEME | WORDCOUNT

(e.g. SUBMISSION | THE MARTIAN | SPACE | 1,982)

It is important that your story complies with our Submission Guidelines. Any stories found not to be in compliance will be immediately discarded. Click HERE for details

If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners, then we want your stories!
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Ongoing Submissions: Thirteen Podcast

Payment: $50.00
Theme: slow-burn, atmospheric stories horror and ghost stories

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Thirteen!  We are an audio-drama/audio fiction podcast specializing in feature length (~ one hour) productions that are characterized by slow-burn, atmospheric stories horror and ghost stories.

Submissions that closely match this description have an excellent chance of being chosen for production. Thirteen Podcast is an Imaginary Comma production. All submissions should be sent to [email protected]

The following are the terms by which a submission will be accepted for production.

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Ongoing Submissions: Dark Nowhere

Payment: $10
Theme: Hard-hitting in a tasteful way, preferably with a supernatural angle.

DarkNowhere.com is a horror genre news site launching mid-February (mind our dust!). We are currently seeking authors to fill two aspects of the site: Horror related news, blogs, reviews, and editorials (Think Bloody Disgusting and Dread Central), and Horror fiction.

Horror related news pieces are currently byline only. Our publisher has deep experience within the world of entertainment journalism and we expect these positions to lead to interview opportunities, advanced screeners, and various media access in the short term.

What we are most excited to bring to this space is semi-weekly fiction. We are paying $10 per story for publication rights on the site as well as production on our planned bi-weekly podcast.

We are looking for horror that is hard hitting in a tasteful way. Preference is given to pieces with a supernatural angle, but we can appreciate a good psychological scare too. Gore is okay as long as it isn’t the focus of your story. No explicit sex, rape, or anything of a pornographic nature.

Fiction submissions can be sent in any format.

Ideal length is 1,000 – 10,000 Words.

Reprints and simultaneous submissions are not accepted

The magazine is looking for 3-Months exclusivity and the ability to leave the story online after that as well as include it in their podcast, after the 3 months of online exclusivity, rights return to the author.

For more information or to submit, email us at [email protected].

Taking Submissions: The Grey Rooms – Season 4

Deadline: April 18th, 2021
Payment: $25
Theme: Think R-Rated HBO styled shows where your story’s main character must be killed at the end of the story, or the narrative must heavily imply that the main character will die just after the story concludes.

The Grey Rooms – Season 4 Story Submission Guidelines

We are excited to bring you another season of our horror anthology series. But we can’t do it without *you.*

Please read the following submission guidelines below, as we’ve shaken them up a great deal for this season! Thanks for joining us in… the Grey Rooms!

Submissions Begin: October 1st, 2020

Submissions Close: April 18th, 2021:  9am PT / Noon ET / 5pm BT

Content Requirements

1.) Stories must be original submissions. To be considered for the Grey Rooms, stories may not have been published in a printed or ebook format, or produced as a podcast or radio drama narrative.

2.) Your story’s main character must be killed at the end of the story, or the narrative must heavily imply that the main character will die just after the story concludes.

3.) In general, content in Grey Rooms stories is similar to what you might find in a Rated R horror film, or an HBO series. Violent acts, psychodrama, confrontational ideas, torture, and pulpy demonic explosions are all welcome additions to the Grey Rooms.

4.) Sexual encounters with underage characters, of any kind, is not acceptable content for Grey Rooms stories.

5.) Rape or sexual assault of any kind is never acceptable content for Grey Rooms stories.

6.) Abuse or torture of children is never acceptable content for Grey Rooms stories. While horror may happen because of children, or around children, we are not looking to publish fictional depictions of children suffering.

7.) Racially charged violence for the sake of it is never acceptable content for Grey Rooms stories.

8.) There are no genre restrictions to Grey Rooms anthology stories. While the frame story each season aims for a specific tone, anthology stories can be any space you desire to explore. In the past we’ve published mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, love stories, and even a story with a fluffy stuffed bear.

9.) Above all else, the Grey Rooms is a horror podcast. That means that your story should be a horror story. Horror means a lot of things to a lot of people. We encourage authors to consider the many different ways horror can be considered (Alien vs. IT), genre-specific interpretations (Haunting of Hill House vs. The Conjuring), and how horror can speak to people beyond simple scare factor (Get Out, The Shining, Silence of the Lambs).

Formatting Requirements

1.) Stories can range from 2500 to 3500 words. If it’s a few more or a few less, it’s fine, but this is the range we’re looking for.  Note that this is a smaller number than in previous years, because of how we’d prefer you format your stories this year. Please see below.

2.) Narration elements of your story must be in the past tense. Using tense changes occasionally for drama is fine, but please check your tense to ensure most of your narration is in the past tense.

3.)Foul language is allowed, but please keep it contextual and light. If the word “fuck” appears every sentence in your piece, we will most likely reject it.

4.) For the first time this year we would prefer that authors submit their stories in a radioplay format rather than as prose. For Season 4 of the Grey Rooms, we will still accept prose-style submissions, but please be aware all stories will be converted to a radioplay format. Submitting your story in that format means less work on our part, and makes it easier to accept your submission. (More details on this under Editorial Process, below.)

A.)This is a change from previous years on the Grey Rooms. In Season 3 we moved to converting all submissions into radioplay documents, and saw an immediate improvement in production speed, quality, and comprehension on the part of our voice actors.

B.)The Grey Rooms is a podcast, an audio medium. While we love prose, we want to focus on and highlight that audio medium for our audience.

C.)Prose format content, for the purposes of this discussion, is what you might see in a novel, with narrative elements bookended by dialogue in quotation marks, and with artifacts like “she said” or “he snarled.”

D.)Radioplay format is more like a screenplay format. It can use narration, but it recognizes that most content in the story is going to be spoken out loud.

For example, here is a snippet from a Season 2 script, setting a scene within the Grey Rooms:

Here’s an example of a quick back and forth between two characters:

And here’s an example of how narration could still work very well in this format:

E.) We have an example script in this format appended at the end of this document.

F.) If you currently use a tool like Word or Google Docs to write your scripts, your best approximation of this formatting is totally fine. The most important factor is to write your story like a radioplay, and not a prose short story.

G.)Word can be configured to approximate this formatting fairly easily. We have also had success using the software tools Final Draft, or Magic Movie Screenwriter.

Selection and Editorial Process

1.)After submissions close, our staff will retire to Management’s lounge to consider your story. The food isn’t great, but we usually have a good time.

2.) Authors will be contacted before the end of spring, most likely sometime in May. We take great care in selecting anthology stories for the series, and will want to take some time.

3.) Once your piece is selected, you will be contacted by our submissions staff! Congratulations!

4.) At that point our staff writer will contact you to work through the editorial process. All pieces will undergo the same editorial process, no exceptions.

5.) The goal of this process is to clarify authorial intent, as well as streamline the work to become a voice acted production.

6.) Examples of changes we might make in this pass include correcting typos and ungrammatical sentences.

7.) As stated above, we will also make any changes deemed necessary to create a compelling audio drama, such as chopping down long sections of narration into manageable VO, and removal of prose signposts like ‘he said, she said.’

8.) Again, while prose submissions are acceptable for Season 4 of the Grey Rooms, all submissions will be converted to radioplay format. Writing your submission in a radioplay format means less editing work required on the back end.

9.) Our only goal with this process is to make the best possible audio drama from your piece. We can’t wait for the chance to work with you!

Submitting, Payment, and Promotion

1.) To submit, attach your story in a Word, .rtf, .txt, or Final Draft format to an email. Address the email to [email protected]. Please put “The Grey Rooms Season 4 Submission” in the subject line.

2.) Any and all questions regarding submissions should be directed to [email protected].

3.) Submissions entered after April 18th, 2021 at 9am PST will not be considered for entry into Season 4 of the Grey Rooms.

4.) Payment for each story will be $25 dollars US.

5.) Authors selected for their stories to run as part of the series will enjoy several other benefits, including, but not limited to:

A.) An invitation to join us on the Behind the Door ‘making of’ episode for your story.

B.) A Grey Rooms website blog entry outlining your narrative accomplishments and asking a few questions about you.

C.) Social Media promotion and Promotional artwork created to support your story.

D.) Our deep appreciation for joining the Grey Rooms family of contributors.

 

 

Download the Sample Script Here:  grey_rooms_example_script

Via: The Grey Rooms.

Ongoing Submissions: The Night’s End Podcast

Payment: $5
Theme: Spooky stories
Note: Reprints Welcome

If you think that your writing has the ability to spook the pants off our listeners, then you are just
who we are looking for!
If your story is accepted, our team will work hard to transform your piece into an auditory
experience never to forget.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
o Stories must be 2,000 – 3,000 words (10% tolerance +/-).
o Submission must be in a Word document – Calibri font, size 12.
o Include a 1-2 sentence logline for your story at the beginning of the document.
o Title your email with the following format: SUBMISSION – STORY TITLE – WORDCOUNT (e.g.
SUBMISSION – THE WINDING ROAD – 1,999).
o Name and an email address are at the beginning of the document.
o By submitting your story to us, you are confirming that you are the original creator of the
story.
o Previously published stories are welcome, however this must be stated in the document. By
submitting your story to us, you are confirming that your story is now free of all exclusivity
publishing rights.
o You will be allowed to place one call-to-action for your own work at the end of the episode
(eg. website address, book release, social media address). Please ensure to include this on
your document.
o Payment per accepted story is $5 USD via Paypal. All rights remain with the author.

Please send all submissions to:
[email protected]

Via: The Night’s End.

Ongoing Submissions: Night Shift Radio

Payment: $50 or $25 depending on selection
Theme: Fiction with tension and excitement

Do you have a story you’d like us to feature on The Storyteller Series? Then we want to here from you! Email us your stories at [email protected].

Submission guidelines:

  • Simultaneous Submissions are okay, but if your story is picked elsewhere prior to selection/contract signing, please notify us ASAP.

  • Multiple Submissions (more than one submission from the same author at the same time) are not allowed at this time.

  • You may make a new submission immediately after a rejection or acceptance.

  • Standard Manuscript Format. Use it. Love it. Follow directions here; Modern or Classic is fine. (Note – Please attach stories as .docx or .doc. Please do not send Dropbox links at this time.)

  • Payment Rates – We choose two stories to publish each month. One story will be chosen for the Full Cast Audiobook treatment; that author will receive $50 for audio rights and non-exclusive print rights. A second piece will be chosen for our mid-month print only piece. The author of that piece will be offered $25 for exclusive worldwide electronic rights for 120 days. All rights not specified stay with the author.

  • Night Shift Radio Productions reserves the right to use any accepted stories in a future anthology within two years of the original publication.

  • We do our best to respond to all queries within three weeks, but that may change based on submission volume. We will send an email confirming receipt of your story. If you don’t receive a confirmation within 48 hours of submission, please send your submission again.

    What do we want? Engaging stories. Real people writ large on the page. Anything that reads with tension and excitement. Fiction, non-fiction, memoir; it’s all okay. Just no fan fiction, please. We may read it, but we won’t publish it.

    Please include the following details for all submissions:

  • Your Name

  • Email Address

  • Submission Title

  • Genre

  • Word Count (we are looking for 7,000-10,000 words)

  • Cover Letter (What else would you like us to know? Have you published elsewhere? Do you have some sort of expertise that’s pertinent to the story?)


Send us your stories

Do you have a story you’d like us to feature on The Storyteller Series? Then we want to here from you! Email us your stories at [email protected].

Via: Night Shift Radio.