Interested in narrating stories for Escape Pod? If yes, we welcome and encourage you to audition! Please visit our Submittable portal for specific instructions.
Click here to see our narrator contract template.
We now offer narrator pay to compensate our readers for their work. We pay $30 for short stories. Rates vary for two-narrator readings, full cast readings, and longer works, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
We strongly prefer an uncompressed mono WAV or AIFF format for our files. If necessary, you may use the MP3 format, however, please do not encode at anything less than 256 kbps.
A sample rate of 44.1 kHz is best since it’s what we publish at, but we insist on at least 22 kHz. Stereo or mono doesn’t matter, although in the case of WAV and AIFF, using mono halves the file size.
Please edit the file yourself if you have time. It’s easier for you to do it because you have a much better idea of where your mistakes are. If you don’t have time, send us the raw recording to edit, but PLEASE send our audio production manager a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know it’s not. That way we can schedule the time to do it. We reserve the right, in such cases, not to use the recording at all.
If you don’t like the story — for instance, you just can’t imagine it sounding other than a little cheesy — please don’t torture yourself. Let us know you’ve decided it’s not for you, and if possible share with us any criticism you may have. You won’t offend us. We will respect your candor and professionalism, and it will reflect very well on you as a narrator.
Make sure your reading starts with the title and author. PodCastle prefers a clean, ‘audiobook’ style of reading, but with some energy and personality to it.
Do not put in special effects or sound effects unless you have cleared it with the Editors or Audio Producer.