Category: Audio

Taking Submissions: The Lost Poetry Club: Theme 1.03

Deadline: June 30th, 2024
Pament: £0.015 per word (Flat £5 rate for under 300 words)
Theme: Poetry that will be released as audio with the theme of: All Flowers Keep The Light

In our world, nature and artifice blur, balancing us between oblivion and salvation.
🌐 Virtual habitats. 🌱 Immortal pets. 🌳 Bionic babies. 🤖 Unwind as an insect in the Metaverse 👨‍💻 Or sow microchips like flowers. 🌺 AI. Cloning. Genetic engineering.
🌸 Nature has many new faces. 🌸
​Plant stories that embrace nature’s paradox; poems and music that dance between artifice and authenticity. Show us how our existence is intertwined with nature’s complexities in this
bold new world.
Current Theme Deadline: June 30th, 2024
Submission Guidelines (check website for full guidelines):
– Up to 5 mins or 500 words for poetry/flash fiction/songs
– Up to 15 mins or 1800-3000 words for short stories/plays
– Compensation: £0.015 per word (Flat £5 rate for under 300 words)
– Original work only. Reprints accepted.
– If the current theme doesn’t suit you, please feel free to send in your work anyway, as it may be suitable for future themes.

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Ongoing Submissions: Just Chill Podcast

Payment: $50
Theme: Short stories, ideally in the first person
Note: Reprints welcome

Enjoy a good scare? From timeless scary story classics to the blood-curdling horror stories born in the twisted minds of the new masters of horror, every week Just Chills delivers an unrelenting dose of fear designed to send chills down your spine.

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Taking Submissions: The Cast of Wonders: Banned Books Week (Early)

Submission Window: June 1st – 14th, 2023
Payment: 8 cents/word for originals, $100/short story or $20/flash piece for reprints
Theme: Guiding Sparks Between the Words: How Stories Illuminate the World Around Us

Every year in September, Cast of Wonders celebrates Banned Books Week, an annual international event celebrating the freedom to read and raising awareness of the immense social value of free and open access to information.

Joining the editorial team for this year’s call is Cast of Wonders Associate Editor, Simon Pan. Thank you, Simon, for the wonderful theme this year!

Guiding Sparks Between the Words: How Stories Illuminate the World Around Us

In times of conflict, division and change, it is more important than ever to build bridges of understanding.  We most commonly encounter the stories of others through news articles or in classrooms, kept at a scholarly or journalistic distance and often biased to favour privileged perspectives. Our own truths may also remain unvoiced and unknown, misunderstood even by those around us.

When it comes to illuminating these truths, stories have a key part to play: they help us to learn and appreciate things from perspectives we might never otherwise consider, and allow us to reshape our own experiences within the transformative lens of fiction. When we share our stories, we guide sparks of kinship and understanding, using narrative and emotion to help others experience a small window into another’s reality.

For Banned Books Week 2023, we want to see stories of discovery, of learning, of misconceptions unraveled, and how stories can serve as a guiding light to help us understand a new perspective, or to teach us valuable lessons when all other methods fail us. What that something is…well, that is up to you!

At Cast of Wonders, we welcome stories that portray the full spectrum of human experience. We don’t challenge stories; we want stories to challenge us! Cast of Wonders looks for stories that evoke a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without gratuitous or explicit sex, violence, or pervasive obscene language.

Preference for this submission window is under 5,000 words with an absolute limit of 6,000 words. Flash submissions under 1.5k are also very welcome!

Submissions must adhere to Cast of Wonders guidelines.  Submissions will be accepted from June 1 to June 14 through our Moksha Portal – we can’t wait to read what you send in!

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Taking Submissions: The Drabblecast 2023 Weird West Edition

Deadline: May 26th, 2023
Payment: 6 cents per word for original, 3 cents per word for reprints
Theme: Weird West Stories
Note: Reprints allowed

Starting next week, April 26, the Drabblecast will be accepting submissions for a special Weird West event. We want weird west (emphasis on the WEIRD) stories 500-4000 words and pay $.06/word for original fiction and $.03/word for reprints.

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Taking Submissions: The Other Stories #100

Deadline: December 9th, 2023
Payment: 15GBP
Theme: The End

If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 150k+ monthly 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 100) The End: deadline 9th December 2023

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Taking Submissions: The Other Stories #96

Deadline: August 19th, 2023
Payment: 15GBP
Theme: Masks

If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 150k+ monthly 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 96) Masks II: deadline 19th August 2023

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Contest: Tales to Terrify Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: April 1st, 2023
First Prize: Audio version created and $50. Up to 4 runner ups for audio conversion as well.
Theme: Horror elements and relate to the theme of changing seasons

Our 2023 flash fiction contest is nearly here. This year, the theme is “Changing Seasons.” The contest is open from February 15th until midnight CST, April 1st.

Contest Rules

  • The story must have horror elements and relate to the theme of changing seasons. How you choose to interpret that theme is up to you, but it must be central to the story. Simply setting your tale during a change in seasons or having a tale take place across seasons is not adequate. It must play a crucial role in the development of the narrative.
  • The image included on this page is for interest purposes only and not intended as a prompt.
  • Deadline to submit is April 1, 2023 (11:59pm CST)
  • It must be previously unpublished.
  • Submissions must be in English, but authors from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit.
  • A minimum of ONE winner will be announced on or before June 1, 2023. The top flash piece will be produced for audio narration on Tales to Terrify and receive $50 (USD). Up to four runners up may also be considered for production.
  • Authors retain the rights to their submitted stories.

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Taking Submissions: The Other Stories #90: Imaginary Friends

Deadline: January 15th, 2023
Payment: 15GBP
Theme: Imaginary Friends

If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 150k+ monthly 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 90.) Imaginary Friends; deadline 15th January 2023

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