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Special Episode #17: An Important Call for Submissions

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Click on the photo for an audio version of this call.

No Extra Words is looking for women writers to create pieces about women’s health and choice for an upcoming special episode.

This is a topic that has been extensively covered in all sorts of media, but one of the things literature does very well is get at those in between places. While we are happy to read any and all fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on this topic, we would love to hear stories where things aren’t so straightforward, stories that explore all the nuances, stories that reflect how having and making choices impacts women at all phases in their lives and how the changing culture and political scene impacts how these personal stories play out in the real world. Truth is a hard thing to get at and sometimes gets crowded out of political debate, so we’re going to look for it through the lens of art.

You are welcome to be anonymous, use a pseuenym, or use your own name, whatever you prefer. We absolutely will not edit your story in any way without your consent.

Abortion stories are welcome, but this topic is larger than it is sometimes made out to be. Choice and women’s health includes the choices women make at all phases in their lives, around birth control, feminine care, fertility issues, aging, etc. We will use the broadest definition of a women’s right to choose in considering submissions.

I want to speak for just a moment about why I am opening this call for women writers only. We appreciate all of the guys out there and I’m sure many of you could write or maybe even have written, marvelous literature on this issue. But there is a tendency in this culture, for people who have been marginalized to not be able to tell their own truth or speak their own words. I sincerely hope you’ll understand, and I encourage male writers and listeners and any writer to whom this call doesn’t appeal to respond to our general call for submissions on our website or our Instagram Drabble Challenge, which is currently ongoing.

All our general submission rules are going to apply to this call. Please paste your entire piece into the body of an email, no attachments, send to noextrawords@gmail.com and put Choice in your subject line. As I said, we are happy to read fiction, nonfiction, or poetry and we are going to have to adhere to a 1500 word maximum word count for this. We will also accept audio submissions, so if you prefer you can send your piece as a 7 minute or less .mp3 file. Writers who submit written pieces that are accepted will also be given the opportunity to record their own audio if they choose. Submissions deadline for this call is Friday, October 20. We will respond to all submissions and anticipate making selections by the end of November and releasing the episode in January.

I need to note that we are a non-paying market. I wish I had the ability to compensate all our writers for use of their material, but we do not. If accepted, we will credit and publicize you and you will maintain ownership of your own work.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email noextrawords@gmail.com and I would love to chat with you.

Happy writing,

Kris

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Launching Our Support Campaign

In Episode 83, which is forthcoming at the end of this week, we will be letting you know how you can financially support the show.

Asking for money is never easy. Timing how and when to make the ask is tough. In the end, the only way I could wrap my head around doing this is when I realized that this is an opportunity to empower you, the listeners. I want you to be part of this project.

There are a lot of ways to support the show. Share with a friend. Teach a friend about how to listen to podcasts. Give us a review or a social media shoutout. Submit your story.

Or you can head over to Patreon, a secure third-party donation site, and pledge $2 or $5 a month to keep the lights on. If you can pledge a higher amount we would take it and there’s some information about thank you gifts for doing so, but please know those $2 and $5 gifts are foundational.

In the episode I talked about making a video, but it turns out that video production is not really my thing so I ended up making what I do love, a little audiogram to talk to you directly about what we are doing and why. In the audiogram I talk a little bit about why we aren’t able at this point to pay our writers. I think that’s an important conversation to have and for literary publications such as this one to be open and honest about that.

Thank you for reading and considering how you can support the show. It is what it is and will become what it will become because of everyone who has pressed play. I am humbled and grateful.

Kris

Special #13: Drabble on Instagram: Gnome Home

1) Find a poem

We love drabbles. And found poetry. And Instagram.

So it only makes sense to launch an Instagram Drabble Challenge!

Click on the photo to hear our first ever Drabble on Instagram episode and learn how you can play.

Happy drabbling,

Kris

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Writing Prompt: Tell Me Your Baseball Stories

Back for 2017…a Baseball Special! Send your work now.

2017 Deadline is Wednesday, March 15

 

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I thought the arrival of baseball season was a big event in my life, but it turns out I have nothing on the fandom of my toddler. He has been waiting for this. He may not know about pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training last week, but he does know about sunshine and that it’s time to go outside and play “Bat-Ball.”

In his honor and also because I love it, we would like to release a baseball opening day special episode and we thought that you, the listeners, might have some baseball stories to share. So send them and let’s get this season started!

Here’s the way this works:

  • Send your 1,000 word or less fiction or nonfiction baseball stories (will also accept poetry)
  • Make sure they are your own work (plagiarism is bad karma)
  • Email them to noextrawords@gmail.com or leave them on the listener feedback line at…

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Writing Prompt: Need Your Camp Stories!

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UPDATE: Summer schedule is busier than expected and so this special episode is on hold indefinitely, but do look for our regularly scheduled episodes.

Got an email a couple of weeks ago from someone asking if we were going to do a 2016 edition of the Summer Camp Episode. Hadn’t honestly thought about it, but what’s summer without camp?

This is me in my happy place…the Girl Scout camp where I have spent many spring and summer afternoons. A favorite camp song includes the line: “People in cities don’t understand falling in love with the land,” which sums it up pretty well. There’s a lot of us out there for whom a place like this figures into our summer memories. So, back by popular demand, a summer camp episode for 2016!

Last year the rules on this were very specific: what summer camp means to you in 25 words or less. Those are fantastic and I would love to read some, but this summer we are throwing out the rules! (The few times in my life when I have said that out loud at camp have either gone fantastically well or horribly wrong, there is no middle ground.)

So send us your camp memory, your campfire story, your original camp song, anything and everything summer camp related as long as it is under 500 words. That means it can be 10 words or 499, but no more. We must receive these no later than July 5. The turnaround is tight, but I know you can do it!

Email these to noextrawords@gmail.com with “camp story” in the subject line, or use the Contact Us page to leave us a voice mail or find us on social media. As with all our special calls for submissions, this episode is only as good as what you send us. We look forward to reading your stories!

Happy camping,

Kris

 

Vote for Your Favorite Story and Help Us Celebrate!

UPDATE: LAST DAY to vote and send feedback is Friday, April 29. Click on the picture to participate.

Our June 1 episode promises to be a big one. It will mark our 50th regular episode AND our birthday! No Extra Words released its first episode on May 29, 2015.

To celebrate, our June 1 episode will feature the best of our archives, with stories chosen by you, the listeners, as well as new content and your feedback.

To do all  that I need your help. CLICK ON THE PICTURE to vote and send feedback. As always, we won’t spam you or collect your email address, and you can even be anonymous. Check below for the list of stories nominated, or select any story you like from our archives. And don’t forget to tune in June 1 for this very special celebration of the podcast, our listeners, and flash fiction.

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You don’t have to listen to all to vote, but the great thing about our show is its brevity. If you listen to every episode on this list it will take just about 2 hours…and what a delightful way to spend 2 hours.

“A Parable on the Challenge of Being an Unpublished Writer” by Tom Farr (Episode 4)

“On/Off” by Taylor Eaton (Episode 6)

“The Frog Prince” by Lucy Mitchell (Episode 7)

“Mama Said” by Brett Vickers (Episode 19)

“Chipped” by Tina Tocco (Episode 23)

“How My Parents Fell in Love” by Dallas Woodburn (Episode 28)

“The Thing That Lives Inside My Closet” by Brandon Madden (Episode 29)

“Grow Jesus” by Gabe Congdon (Episode 30)

“Our Kind of Town” by Adam Kluger (Episode 33)

“Live Action Regret” by Cynthia Romanowski (Episode 41)

Happy listening!

Kris

 

Writing Prompt: Tell Me Your Baseball Stories

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I thought the arrival of baseball season was a big event in my life, but it turns out I have nothing on the fandom of my toddler. He has been waiting for this. He may not know about pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training last week, but he does know about sunshine and that it’s time to go outside and play “Bat-Ball.”

In his honor and also because I love it, we would like to release a baseball opening day special episode and we thought that you, the listeners, might have some baseball stories to share. So send them and let’s get this season started!

Here’s the way this works:

  • Send your 1,000 word or less fiction or nonfiction baseball stories (will also accept poetry)
  • Make sure they are your own work (plagiarism is bad karma)
  • Email them to noextrawords@gmail.com or leave them on the listener feedback line at (425) 686-9495
  • Be sure to include your name and indicate how to pronounce it if it’s a tricky one.
  • Deadline: Friday, March 18

Happy baseball season,

Kris

Writing Prompt: Lenin and Symbols

Please note revised deadline.

In the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle stands a statue of Vladimir Lenin.  Read more about it here.

As mentioned in that article, this statue was rescued from Poland after the Iron Curtain came down and was relocated to Seattle.  Displaying it is controversial.

It may be a bad comparison to mention the Confederate flag here or any other kind of symbol, but in light of that ongoing discussion and of a story coming to you in Episode 8 of No Extra Words, Lenin is again on my mind, and here is my challenge to you.

Write a story about how this makes you feel.

Note the word “story.”  I am not looking for commentary, whether or not you like it, what your political opinion is of it.  Those things are important, but that is not your job here.

Tell me a story.  Give it a narrative arc.  Give it plot points.  Show me how you feel rather than telling me.

I will try to feature a few of these responses in Episode 8 alongside a fascinating story about just this issue.

Limit: 500 words (no minimum)

Deadline: August 13

Send to noextrawords@gmail.com, leave it on the Listener Feedback line (425) 686-9495, put in the comments or use the Facebook or Twitter links to your left.

Happy writing!

Kris

What does summer camp mean to you?

Episode 5 of No Extra Words, coming in July, is the summer camp episode, and I am challenging the listeners to contribute!

In 25 words or less, what does summer camp mean to you?  Simple as that.  Tell me in the comments, leave a message on our new listener feedback line at 425-686-9495, or hit me on Facebook and Twitter (links to your left.)  Don’t forget to include whatever name you wish to be called on the show, because as many of these as possible will be included.  Deadline: July 3.

Happy camping!

Kris

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