Category: Audio

Taking Submissions: Curiosities

Deadline: August 31st, 2020
Payment: 4 cents per word
Theme: Speculative Fiction
Note: Reprints Welcome

OPEN 1-31 August, 2020

general session

Hello! This project is a comfortable two-headed beast at play in the curious and often dark corners of retropunk fiction. That means steampunk, dieselpunk, dreadpunk, bronzepunk, others that haven’t even been invented yet punk … but not atompunk. Sorry, space fans, we draw our line at Sputnik. About 2/3 of rejections are for “bad fit.” We buy nonexclusive rights for fiction, cover & interior art, music & sound effects usage, and narration services.

What we do:

1—Curiosities, a short story collection published two or three times a year, which is available in digital and print on demand formats, and

2—The Gallery of Curiosities, a twice monthly podcast which features stories from the publication. Not every story we buy will make it to an audio podcast release, but we do make good effort to get it there before our rights expire. We started out as a podcast, and went to print later.  Audio production is incredibly time intensive.

Short version:

-We buy original (4 cents/word) and reprint (penny/word) short stories.

-Length up to 7500 words.

-We read blind. Anonymize your manuscript before sending it to [email protected] as a docx, or rtf. Remove headers and/or footers.

-Use the format SUBMISSION: Your Story Title in the title bar of your email or it gets lost.

-Multiple? No more than 3 at a time. Send them in separate emails.

-Simultaneous? Yes. Please be prompt with a withdrawal if sold.

-If accepted, your story will be published in ebook and print-on-demand formats.

-If accepted, we will make a good faith effort to produce your story for podcast before the contract runs out, but no guarantees. The way is fraught with bear traps and wolves.

Long version:

What we’re looking for:
As an audio venue, we want stories that entertain. We want to be taken on an adventure in a time that never was, be it steampunk, gaslamp, weird tales, dreadpunk, vintage horror, new weird, mad science, fantastic cities (please!), monsters, impossible machines, clockworks, alt-history adventures, surprises, weird westerns, and things that shouldn’t work.

What we don’t want:
Serialized novels. Novel excerpts. Drabbles. Stories longer than 7500 words. Fan fiction. Sherlockians. Vulgar language used as punctuation. Horror stories that spend most of the word count telling us all the mundane little details of the contemporary protag’s lifestyle before getting to it. Cutters. JFK theories. Anything that has been on a podcast within the past 18 months. Stories outside of the “speculative fiction” genres.

What’s a hard sell:
Anything set after World War 2. Horror based in domestic violence or sexual perversion. Anything set after the mid-20th Century. Stories that take place in outer space. Horror stories with contemporary moods or settings. Excessive splatter. Stories longer than 6000 words. Anything set after the 1950s. Stories that make us wonder why they should considered as “speculative fiction”.

Payment:
4 cents a word USD for original fiction and a penny a word for reprints, with a minimum of $40 USD for stories less than 1000 words.

How do I submit?
Send your story in an email or email attachment to [email protected] with SUBMISSION: Story Title in the subject line, because that is how I search for things. Always send a new story after a rejection with a new subject line. Continuing a thread is a good way to get the next one lost.

Manuscripts will be sent as docx or rtf attachments that are formatted without headers. Headers have been known to mess up the document when converted. To protect your privacy, put your personal details in the cover letter, not the manuscript. Or just wait until it is asked for. Seriously, don’t volunteer your details on the Internet— it’s where the crazy people live. Make sure all commentary has been removed from your manuscript, as it will (surprise!) persist when I convert it to a Google Document file, which is the format in which we read.

I think long cover letters are unnecessary for this format. I am amused by haiku, and will reciprocate. If the story is a reprint, tell where it has been.

You’ll get a quick reply to let you know it did not get lost If you do not get a rejection within a week, then your story made it past first round and went on to the short list.

How do I get paid?
PayPal or SL Lindens.

What about Rights?
We are purchasing non-exclusive audio, print, electronic, and archiving rights to your short story. You retain all other rights. The podcasts will be archived online for perpetual free download under a Creative Commons 4.0 International Attribution NonCommercial No-Derivs license.

Are you going to publish a print magazine or post my story for online reading?
We will not be posting the text of your story where it could be freely available online. Stories are published in Curiosities two or three times a year, which is available in retail print-on-demand and ebook formats.  We sort accepted stories by broad themes as suggested by the whims of the slush pile, so you may not automatically get into the next issue. You will get representative contributor copies of the issue that contains your story.

How long will it take to get my story to air?
Audio production is extremely time intensive, and it is a challenge to pair the right voice for each story. Not all stories will make it to broadcast. If we don’t make it happen within 24 months, our rights expire.

Is there a contract?
Yes.

What is steampunk?
That’s something you’ll have to find your own definition for. And when you find it, own it. For me, it is an artistic protest about the future we got.

My story has already been published. Can I still submit it?
Yes, as long as you are not violating any terms of your previous contract. We do want to know if it is a reprint, and where it has beenSay so in your cover letter.

You rejected my story. Can I submit another one?
Absolutely! We rejected your story, not you.

You rejected my story. Can I work on it some more and resubmit it?
Only if we said that we would read it again in the rejection letter.

I have more questions.
[email protected]

Via: The Gallery Of Curiousities

Taking Submissions: Nightlight Podcast

Deadline: August 30th, 2020
Payment: 3000+ words is $125, Under 3k words is $75, $50 for reprints
Theme: Horror by black authors
Note: Reprints Welcome if not previously published in audio

We will be open August 1-30, 2019.

Are you Black? It doesn’t matter what part of the world you’re from, or where you are now–as long as you’re Black and you write horror, you are welcome to submit!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Story submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words.
  • We may occasionally do short fiction episodes for stories less than 3,000 words, so feel free to submit shorter stories–it just may be a bit longer before your story airs.
  • Please send only one submission to us at a time.
  • Simultaneous submissions (sending the same story to multiple publications) are okay.
  • We respond within 4-6 weeks. If you found another home for your work, let us know ASAP.
  • We do give personalized feedback, so long as your submission falls within our submission guidelines. If we reject your story, you can submit a different story at any time, but you’ll only get feedback for stories submitted 12 months after the rejection.
  • We pay for exclusive audio (first world) and electronic publishing rights for 6 months after the air date.
  • We also reserve the right to continue to broadcast, promote, and/or link to your story on our website/podcast, but after six months, you can publish your story in any format elsewhere.
  • We only accept reprints that have not been published in audio format previously. Just let us know your story has appeared elsewhere and where so we can credit properly.
  • We do have plans to eventually publish “Best Of” anthologies. Should we decide to include your piece, we’ll ask your permission first and you’ll be paid for inclusion.

If you have any questions, hit us up on Twitter @nightlightpod.

How We Pay

  • If we accept your story (over 3,000 words), we’ll pay you $125. We send money via Venmo and the Cash App, but can also do PayPal if you don’t have Venmo or Cash (but we super don’t want to).
  • Short fiction (less than 3,000 words) is paid at $75 per story.
  • Reprints are paid $50 per story.
  • We’ll pay you when the story is narrated, usually a few days before your episode goes live. You can offer to narrate your own story, but keep in mind we may choose another narrator if we feel sound quality or style doesn’t match our brand.

Want to Perform a Story For Us?

If you want to apply to be a narrator for NIGHTLIGHT, fill out this form. Please let us know if you are a member of another marginalized community (LGBTQIA, Muslim, Disabled, etc) so we can reach out to you for stories which feature characters in your community. Voice actors are paid $25 per episode.

Via: Night Light Podcast.

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.

Ongoing Submissions: Story Brewing Podcast

Payment: $5
Theme: Stories of all genres and themes that are entertaining, engaging, well-written, and interesting
Note: Reprints Welcome

How long should my story be?
  • For “Fiction Friday” stories (fictional short stories) we accept stories between 2,000-10,000 words.
  • For “Truesday” stories (true stories) we don’t have a minimum or maximum length.
Can I submit more than one story?

Yes! But we ask that you only submit one story per form submission, so feel free to use the form more than once. No more than 3 submissions at a time please.

How long does it take you to respond to submissions?

We try to get back to submissions as soon as possible! Typically, we’ll reach out to you within 7-14. We personally respond to every submission.

What kind of stories do you look for?

We look for stories of all genres and themes that are entertaining, engaging, well-written, and interesting.

Can I be on your podcast?

If your story is selected, absolutely! We’ll either record an interview with you or send a few follow-up questions (if you don’t want to be on the show) that you can answer on your own time for us to share.

Fiction Submission Guidelines

How to Send Us Your Work: We accept submissions through our submission system. We do not accept submissions through email.

Timing: Submissions may be sent to us at any time, year-round.

Response Time: Our response time varies from 1 to 2 weeks. We personally respond to all submissions.

Word Count & Genre: We are currently accepting short stories between 2,000 and 10,000 words of any genre/topic.

Promotion: We want you to succeed as a writer. Upon release of your story, we will promote you on our instagram, twitter, facebook, verbally on our podcast, and on our website. Please provide any links you’d like promoted when submitting your story.

Multiple submissions: A total of THREE submissions per author will be reviewed at a time.

Reprints: Work has been entered and published elsewhere will be considered, however,
please let us know on the submission form where and when your story has been used elsewhere.

Rights: Your story rights remain with you.  You may post/submit your story anywhere and ask us to remove your episode at any point. If your story eventually gets a contract that prohibits us from having it on our channel, please let us know ASAP.

Payment: $5 through paypal or venmo, and endless promotion (see above).

 

Via: Story Brewing Podcast.

Ongoing Submissions: Nobilis Erotica Podcast

Payment: $50
Note: Reprints welcome if not previously done in audio
Theme: Science Fiction Erotica

We pay $50 for 2-6k speculative fiction erotica stories.
No stories that have been previously podcasted elsewhere, though if they have appeared in print, ebook or on the web that’s fine.

Up to three submissions at a time.
Simultaneous submissions are fine.
Please upload your story as a .rtf. Only. No other formats please. Absolutely no .docx. ONLY RTF ACCEPTED.

Find our detailed submission guidelines here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cEegOpr2V9rsOW3s6OpU8Plo0j4qQmE5erqFOC8Y_2I/edit?usp=sharing

Nobilis Erotica is the longest running and most prolific erotica podcast on the internet! It’s hard to be that awesome (and sexy) without a bit of help. Even Nobilis can only produce so much wonderful smut.

Which is where you come in. Nobilis is looking for your best, most delectable and utterly sexy speculative fiction erotica stories. We’re looking for robots that turn you on, dragons that might want to do things with the princess other than devour her, and what happens when the lights go out in every sense of the word (possibly with a tentacle or three). Take off the corsets and uniforms and have some fun. We welcome LGBTQ+ stories.

We’re looking for stories that are both good speculative fiction and good erotica – are you up for the challenge? If not sure, listen to the podcast to find out what we like – free of charge.
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Taking Submissions: The Other Stories (Vol 47.) Masks

Deadline: October 21st, 2019
Payment: $5

(Vol 47.) Masks; deadline 21st October.

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.

Submission guidelines can be found HERE

SUBMIT YOUR STORIES TO

[email protected]

Title your email with the following syntax:

SUBMISSION | STORY TITLE | THEME | WORDCOUNT

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

Via: Hawk And Cleaver.

Ongoing Submissions: We Will Remember Freedom

Payment: 1 cent per word
Note: Reprints welcome

We are looking for short fiction between 2,000 and 7,000 words in length. All stories must meet at least one of the following three criteria:

  • by an author who identifies as an anarchist or with another political tradition that opposes state authority, capitalism, and other oppressive hierarchies
  • takes place in a society without state authority, capitalism, or other oppressive hierarchies
  • involves struggle against state authority, capitalism, or other oppressive hierarchies

 

One of our goals is to publish fiction that offers imaginative answers to our world’s problems. One of our other goals is to publish fiction that is entertaining and well-written. We have no strong feelings about genre. We are open to fantasy, science fiction, horror, or stories with no speculative elements whatsoever. We are open to submissions from authors of all class backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, and genders, though we are particularly excited about work that explores the experiences of people whose identities are marginalized by this society. While we are aiming this podcast at a primarily anarchist audience, we are actively excited about publishing work from other political traditions that share an antiauthoritarian, pro-community worldview.

Payment

We pay $.01USD per word upon acceptance. This is not a professional rate, and we are therefore primarily a reprint market. While we will consider fiction that has not appeared elsewhere, we suggest that if your story is good enough for us, it is probably good enough for someone who will pay you at least 8 cents per word and we encourage you to try submitting to those markets first. Authors should be paid for their labor. Once your work is out of exclusivity, or if you can’t find a better-paying home for it, send it on to us!

How to Submit

Send your story in standard manuscript format, as either an .rtf or .docx attachment, to the editor at [email protected] In the body of the email, please include a cover letter that indicates which of the three criteria your story meets as well as any prior publications of the story and/or where other work of yours has appeared.

Send only one story at a time. If you do not hear a response from us within six weeks, please consider your story rejected with our apologies.

What We Ask for

We ask for nonexclusive audio rights for the podcast, nonexclusive digital print rights to include the text on our website, and nonexclusive print rights to include your story in a potential forthcoming publication aimed at an incarcerated audience. If we accept your story, we would also like to interview you about the story, which we will air alongside your story.

What is This Anarchist Thing?

An anarchist is someone who opposes the state, capitalism, racism, colonialism, patriarchy, and all the various and intersecting ways by which groups of people exert power over other people. Anarchism also references a specific political tradition that dates to the mid-19th century and has had millions of adherents around the world. Or, to quote one of our favorite anarchist fiction writers, Ursula le Guin, “What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice.”

Via: We Will Remember Freedom.

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