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The Word Count Podcast Episode 23 SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN
Written by R.B. Wood
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VictoryWe’re going to be departing a bit from our normal podcast this time around.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen loads of tweets regarding author Maxwell Cynn’s 21 year old son, Joshua and his recent leukemia diagnosis.

Max blogged about it HERE and you should go read it—but be prepared, it’s heart-wrenching.

Joshua is undergoing chemo for this very aggressive form of leukemia, and the lovely Eden Baylee has rallied indie authors from around the globe to create a fundraiser to help off-set the staggering costs of Joshua’s treatments.


The fundraiser is on the indie gogo site (PLEASE VISIT THE SITE HERE) and many people in the writing business have donated books and services to be had based on your donation.

I have donated 5 eBook copies of The Prodigal’s Foole, as well as two signed paperback copies.

With this story in mind, the theme for the next podcast--A Podcast for Joshua—is:

"Beating the Odds"


Submission guidelines below. Come join us in creating a story for the ‘cast that celebrates the underdog, grasps victory from the jaws of defeat and, like Joshua, WILL BE “beating the odds.”

We want to raise awareness for the fundraiser and send out positives vibes for Joshua.

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

PROMPT: “Beating the Odds”


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by MIDNIGHT (Eastern Time) Friday 17th February 2012

THE DETAILS:The work must be an original of yours. It could be a poem, short story, song---anything really as long as you write something based on the stated theme (“Beating the Odds"). Do NOT exceed ten minutes. As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT, please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail. The e-mail should also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your bio
  • Links to your websites
  • Your Twitter name (if you have one)
  • A photo I can use for the show notes
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast

At the end of the recording, please add the following: “The is <YOUR NAME> author of <YOUR WORK(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast”

Send your file to by Friday the 17th of February. You can also e-mail me with questions before hand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case. I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.

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