A Word In Your Ear is currently accepting submissions for Story Fridays. Please see the Guidelines below for full details.
Story Fridays Coming Up:
Story Friday Journeys. The event is on 28th April. Deadline for submissions is 10th April. Story Fridays is open for submissions from any and all writers as usual, but there are some slots reserved for writers from the Engage programme on this Story Friday.
Story Friday South. The event is on June 30th, deadline for submissions is 19th June. We are back to normal for this Story Friday – it’s completely open for all and any writers!
Story Friday – The Speed of Light. The event is on 22nd September, deadline for submissions is 11th September.
Story Friday Haunting. The event is on 24th November, with the deadline for submissions as 13th November.
Please note: all submissions are always acknowledged. If you don’t get an acknowledgement, your story might not have arrived. Please email clare.reddaway @ btinternet.com to double check. Thank you.
We are looking for writer-performers for each event. Any story or monologue – fictional or factual – will be considered. We are looking for a wide variety of stories for the evening. We do not consider poetry – sorry.
Pieces should not be longer than 15 minutes when read out loud. The maximum word count is 2,000 words. However, there is no minimum – we are open to pieces of flash fiction as well as longer stories.
Writers need to be available to attend the event – the audience likes to meet you! However, if you prefer not to read your own work we have some wonderful profession actors who would be happy to read your piece for you. Please indicate when you submit whether you would like to read, or to have your work read.
Each Story Friday has a theme. Please ensure your submission has a link to the upcoming theme.
Remember that the stories need to be read out loud, and they need to capture and hold the attention of a live audience – be careful of multiple voices, long descriptions and complicated plots.
Do not resubmit a story that has already been considered by Story Fridays.
Story Fridays is currently an unpaid opportunity.
Submissions should be sent to A Word In Your Ear via our contact form. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Please can you include the word count when you submit your story.
We look forward to reading your work. Thank you!
We are also open to submissions for EARSHOT, our audio archive strand. We record stories that we like and host them on our website for listeners to enjoy. We do not have a recording date in the diary at the moment, but are keen to build up our story bank. If you haven’t had a listen yet, go onto our EARSHOT section here. For EARSHOT there are no hard and fast rules – send us a story that you think will work well out loud and that you think we might enjoy, and we will read it. Please don’t send us stories which have been submitted and either accepted or rejected for Story Fridays. Thank you!