A Word In Your Ear is currently accepting submissions for Story Fridays.  Please see the Guidelines below for full details.

Story Friday 25th January:


For Story Friday 2018 we have a special challenge.  As well as our stories about 2018, we want to include ONE special story, inspired by a NEWS story the WEEK BEFORE Story Friday! (ie from today, 18th to 24th January).  Deadline is Thursday midday 24th January, the day before Story Friday.  Max word count is 1,000 words. You are very welcome to submit both to Story Friday 2018 AND to the Challenge. The chosen story will be read by an actor at Story Friday.  Talk about HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!

(Any questions, email Clare: clare.reddaway @

Story Fridays Coming Up:

Story Friday Invitation: Stories on the theme of Invitation.  Story Friday Invitation is on 22nd March, deadline for submissions 11th March.

Story Friday The Garden: Dig us your stories, pluck us your tales! Stories about, inspired by, set in gardens.  Story Friday The Garden is on 3rd May, deadline for submissions is 29th April.

Please note: all submissions are always acknowledged.  If you don’t get an acknowledgement, your story might not have arrived.  Please email clare.reddaway @ 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!




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