Here at The NoSleep Podcast, we love nothing more than hearing from up-and-coming or seasoned horror writers who’d like to work with us. We want you to frighten us and mess with our heads, so we in turn can terrify our listeners. As such, we’ve prepared a handy list of submissions guidelines to get your relationship with our show started. We welcome and encourage a broad, diverse range of submissions from all across the horror genre, and can’t wait to read the spine-tingling tales you send us.
Submissions are primarily handled by editor Gabrielle Loux and editorial assistant Olivia White, who upon your story being selected will work with you to ensure your story is primed for audio adaptation.
Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the body of your email please include the title and word count of the story.
Please send submissions as an editable attachment. Microsoft Word documents are preferable. Please do not submit your story or script as a .PDF file as we cannot edit or annotate it easily. Anything submitted as a .PDF file will be automatically rejected.
Please do not submit your story by pasting the text into the body of your submission email. This breaks the formatting of your story and makes it exceptionally hard to read, requiring us to reformat your story ourselves just to be able to assess it. Any submissions received in this manner without an attachment will be automatically rejected.
Note: Submissions must be carefully proofread and formatted. Stories that lack appropriate paragraph breaks, punctuation, or proper spelling and grammar will not be considered.
This email is for story submissions only. Submissions or inquiries about art, voice acting, or contributing to the podcast in some other form should not be sent here. The editors don’t handle that side of the podcast and won’t be able to answer your questions.
Please double check that your story is actually attached to your email. Almost every day we receive at least one submission without a story included. The more time we have to spend on chasing up these submissions, the less time we can spend on appraising your stories.
Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, any submissions that don’t follow our requirements will be automatically rejected. Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines carefully before submitting in order to receive a response from our team.
Update (13/12/17): Due to an extremely high volume of submissions, we are unable to respond to emails chasing up submissions. Your submission hasn’t been lost; if you haven’t heard back in a while, it’s because we haven’t read it yet. Particularly, please don’t resubmit stories because you haven’t heard back about them yet as it complicates our filing system and adds an unnecessary workload by cluttering our inbox, which in turn leads to a longer wait for other authors. Thank you for your patience! – Gabrielle & Olivia
Stories should be a minimum of 2500 words, with 3000+ being preferable. Please include a word count with your story. If possible, include a spoiler-free list of characters with speaking roles, including the narrator.
We’d love to see more script submissions, as these have proven to work very well on the show. Scripts should ideally last between 20 and 40 minutes, and star 2 or more characters, with more being preferable. Please include a word count with your script, and a spoiler-free list of characters with speaking roles. If you’re new to scriptwriting and you’d like an example of how to structure and format an audio-only script, you can download an example here. WriterDuet, Celtx or Fade In are handy, free scriptwriting programs that will help you to format your script correctly.
Please make sure your script is written as an audio drama. We can’t adapt scripts written as a screenplay, or scripts that heavily feature visual cues. Anything not written in an audio drama format will not be accepted.
Be familiar with the podcast and know about the kinds of stories we do on the show. Here are some details for what works best for the podcast:
Here at The NoSleep Podcast, we pride ourselves on featuring seasoned horror authors alongside fresh, up and coming talent. We love working with newcomers, but if you’re just starting out in the field we ask you not to take it personally if we choose not to use your story on the show. It takes a lot of practise to write a story that is suitable for audio adaptation, and we would always welcome you to try again with a new submission if a previous one isn’t right for us. Rejection doesn’t mean you’ve missed your chance. Feel free to submit new stories even if previous ones have been rejected.
Authors retain full rights to any story or script performed on The NoSleep Podcast. All we would ask is that starting from the date of selection of your story, we receive a 3 month audio exclusivity period during which time your story will not be performed on any other horror podcast or in any audio narrative medium without written permission from Creative Reason Media. Stories may be published in text form by the author at any time.
Creative Reason Media does not retain the rights to publish or distribute your story outside of the audio performance without written permission from the author.
Audio production of your story remains the property of Creative Reason Media and may not be altered, sold or distributed outside of The NoSleep Podcast without prior written permission.
Please send stories and scripts to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you, and working with even more exciting and talented authors in the future.