Please submit your short story using the form below.
Please only send us one short story per submission – we only have a small team and cannot read multiple submissions.
Please submit your short story (between 1500 and 2500 words) as a PDF/Word doc.
Please include your 50-word author biography written in the third person and your email address in the same document.
Please name the document with the story title and author name eg MyStoryTitleByFirstNameLastName.doc. This helps us locate your work in our files.
If you would like to read your own work, you can submit your recorded mp3 of between 10 and 15 minutes for consideration (keep the size to 25MB or less if possible). If you are having trouble submitting, use our email address submit[at]storyradio.org.
Editing, intros and outros, FX and music will be added by us. We will consider a story without a recording and if it is accepted we will ask you if you are able to record a story for us. If not, we will try to find an actor to read your story. We can also record you remotely using Zencastr if you prefer.
If you make an error while recording, pause and start the sentence again – we can edit it out. Record in a quiet place without background noise. If you need to do something like turn a page, do it during a pause. Allow a few minutes of silence at the end of the recording – it helps us with editing.
Copyright in your story remains with you, the author. However, we do ask if we can keep the audio version of your story online (non-exclusive electronic archival rights) in perpetuity.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed but please let us know if your work is published elsewhere.
When you submit, you will be automatically added to our mailing list. You are free to unsubscribe at any time.
If you have not heard from us within six months of submission, please assume your story has not been accepted. However, you are very welcome to check with us via an email enquiry. We will try and respond to every author submission personally but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to due to pressures of time.
We have had a very generous offer from a fellow podcaster Austin Malone to read your story if you have no access to technology or are unable to record an MP3 for any reason. Please let us know if you would like his help.
Austin Malone is a voice-actor who has narrated stories for Pseudopod, Podcastle, and The Melting Potcast. A native of New Orleans, he can frequently be found in the dark corners of nerdy, writing-themed bars. In the virtual world, he can be found at his website: sippinghemlocktea.com.
We have also had an exciting offer to record short stories from actor Nigel Fyfe. Nigel is an experienced actor and voice over artist and you can read about him and listen to his work on his website.