Trolling through public domain archives for good stories is depressing work. Too long, too dull, too racist... you get the picture. And it takes time. So. To get the show out of hiatus, maybe I should be considering.... original work! Here is the official *drumroll* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS.
The Christmas Broadcast on Radio Riel is a long tradition in the Steamlands and I don't want to skip that one. I'm looking for holiday stories that are specific to New Babbage or the environs, no longer than 3500 words. I will pay 2 cents USD a word (converted to linden dollars if you are in Second Life) for stories I use.
For the regular shows that are produced for the rest of the year, I am looking for weird fiction not set in modern times. It doesn't have to be steampunk era, but that is a plus. I would also consider sci-fi or post-apocalypse scenarios that have appropriate technology. Holiday specific stories that are a little less than weird (i.e. Valentine's Day) would also be welcome. For these stories I will pay 1 penny a word USD up to 5000 words, for stories no longer than 7500 words.
Story length is restricted to keep within an audio format of less than one hour.
You will retain publishing rights to your story. I get the right to hand it off to a reader of my choice for audio production which will be broadcast on Radio Riel and available for free download on iTunes.
My geemail handle is mr.tenk, send submissions to that inbox. Put "TfNB SUBMISSION: Story Title" in the subject bar.
Christmas stories to be considered for this year should be submitted before November 30th, 2015.
Thanks for your support of the show and the city over all these years. Here's to more stories to come!