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Congratulations to CHRISTI NOGLE whose story, CUBBY, was chosen by our judge, author Paul Levinson. CUBBY will be narrated and recorded at CDM Sound Studios, Inc. in Manhattan.
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We Have A Winner!

We’re delighted to announce the winner and runners-up for our Time Travel contest!


Congratulations to CHRISTI NOGLE whose story, CUBBY, was chosen by our judge, author Paul Levinson. CUBBY will be narrated and recorded at CDM Sound Studios, Inc. in Manhattan. The Grand Prize audio production of the story will be posted for download in October. A cash prize will also be awarded to Christi.

The five runners-up are:

  • Imminent Domain, by David Armstrong
  • Time and H. G. Wells, by Robert Grossmith
  • Our Friend John, by Christopher Fox
  • Somewhere Else, by Ryan Bloom
  • Hands of Time, by Carolyn Croop

Thank you for all your submissions!

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Submissions for the contest theme, “TIME TRAVEL”, are now closed. The winning story will be announced in early September and will be posted for download in October.

The theme for our next contest will be available to Newsletter subscribers shortly and made publicly available in early September. So, why not take advantage of the extra time to write and sign up for our newsletter here.

Thank you for your submissions to our Time Travel contest!

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This contest’s fiction theme is “TIME TRAVEL”: change a moment in time. It can be anything – from 15 minutes ago to a millennium ago (no time machines, please). This does not have to be a real moment in history. Be creative and think outside the box.


Stories must be submitted by August 5th, 2016.


Your story must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Fiction stories only, please. Before submitting your story, please read our full instructions here and our Official Rules here .
The submission fee is $10. The winning author receives $250, or 75% of the proceeds generated from story submissions (whichever is greater).

Submit your story here!


Our Next Short Story Contest

Submissions for our next short story contest open in June 2016. So get writing! Here are the details:
Genre: Fiction
Theme: Time Travel: change a moment in time. It can be anything – from 15 minutes ago to a millennium ago (no time machines, please). This does not have to be a real moment in history. Be creative and think outside the box.
Word count: 2000-4000
Due date: July 29th, 2016
Submission fee: $10
Judge: Paul Levinson
Grand Prize: Audio production of the winning story (valued at $5500) and 75% of the proceeds generated from submission fees or $250 (whichever is greater).

We Have A Winner!

The winning story for our inaugural theme, “HUNGER”, has been selected. Congratulations to Jari Chevalier, whose story, “HOW YOU LIKE”,  was chosen by our judge, author Kate Christensen. The grand prize includes an audio production of her story, which will be available for download here in the beginning of June. Jari Chevalier will be awarded a cash prize of $340.

The five runners-up are:

  • “A VULGAR YEAR” by Yelena Moskovich
  • “SPERANZA” by Jane Harrington
  • “I LOVE YOU LESS” by Tanya Eby
  • “A VERY HEAVY HOME” by Nicole Callihan
  • “THE LESSER COUNTRIES” by August Tarrier

Thank you for all your submissions to our inaugural contest.

For more information about our contest rules, click here.

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“How You Like” by Jari Chevalier

“How You Like”, by Jari Chevalier, is the winning story for our inaugural contest theme: HUNGER. This story was performed by January LaVoy (23 minutes 52 seconds).


Synopsis: A woman trying to come to terms with deception and betrayal takes a cathartic journey to India with her teenage son.

About the Author of “How You Like

Jari Chevalier is a multi-genre writer and visual artist, and a teacher of creativity workshops and retreats. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Literary Review, Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boulevard, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Cortland Review, Gulf Coast Online, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, Poetry East, and other literary journals. She has received support for her work as an artist, journalist, and teacher from numerous private and government grantmakers. She earned her Master’s in creative writing from City College of New York and graduated with honors in writing and literature from Columbia University.
Connect with her here: jarichevalier.com.

And now as long as space endures
And as long as there are beings to be found
May I likewise continue to remain
To drive away the sorrows of the world.



“Narrating Short Stories”

January LaVoy is a stage, television, and award-winning voice actress, best known for her portrayal of Noelle Ortiz on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. She was honored as “Audiobook Narrator of the Year” by Publishers Weekly in 2013, and won the 2016 Audie Award for best Young Adult narration for Libba Bray’s LAIR OF DREAMS. January was recently featured in the New Yorker magazine for her performance in Adrienne Kennedy’s critically acclaimed FUNNYHOUSE OF A NEGRO at the Signature Theatre.


With each contest, we feature charities and non-profits that are doing vital work that deserves greater visibility.  Here are the organizations featured for our “HUNGER” contest theme. Instead of charging download fees, we ask that you make a contribution to one or more of these organizations in order to support their work.

Welcoming America

Welcoming America inspires people to build a different kind of community– one that embraces immigrants and fosters opportunity for all. We are leading a movement of inclusive communities across the nation becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong.

Steve's Camp

Steve’s Camp at Horizon Farms empowers young people to develop healthy bodies, hearts, and minds. Our summer camp is the cornerstone of our work. At camp, participants learn healthy living, leadership, and problem-solving skills. During the school year, campers deepen these skills to emerge as leaders and prepare for fulfilling lives after high school.

Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

Thank you for giving to our currently features organizations! With our next contest, you’ll have the opportunity to give to the following organizations:



We start with a great story. Find the perfect narrator. And create a powerful performance.




We work with fantastic personalities to review story submissions. Here is the judge for our current contest theme: TIME TRAVEL.

Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC.  His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), Borrowed Tides, The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and novels have been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Edgar, Prometheus, and Audie Awards. His nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge, Digital McLuhan, Realspace, Cellphone, and New New Media  have been translated into 12 languages.  He appears on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News,  the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, and NPR.

Paul just published – Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion – anthology with leading thinkers.


The people behind Portable Story Series

Portable Story Series was developed by Charles de Montebello and Erin Williams. Having worked with Charles in the studio, Christopher Camp came on board to build the website and shoot our videos. Together, we’re excited about creating a series that we hope you’ll truly enjoy.

Charles de Montebello

Charles de Montebello is a native New Yorker with over 25 years of sound engineering experience. He is the winner of two Grammy awards, and multiple Audie awards. He’s always found the most success comes from a good personal experience – being able to work in an environment that feels comfortable and inspiring – so when he opened CDM Studios in 1998, he knew he was filling a void.

Erin Williams

Erin Williams’ professional background includes over 12 years working in dialogue facilitation, documentary filmmaking, media relations and training, and outreach and engagement. She freelances within a variety of sectors and enjoys learning more about the world every day.

Christopher Camp

Formerly from Audible, Amazon, and MLB.tv, Christopher Camp is a Grammy winning audio editor and has shot award winning films. He has worked with Woody Allen, Kate Winslet, and Thandie Newton among many. As founder of Analog Detail he is a designer, a developer, and an audiophile who is passionate about motion and UI.

CDM Studios

Portable Story Series is administered by CDM Sound Studios, located in midtown Manhattan. Now in its 18th year, CDM has rapidly distinguished itself as a premier recording and editing facility, specializing in voiceover, ADR, and audio-post services. Most recently, CDM has been home to many popular podcasts, such as Alec Baldwin’s “Here’s the Thing”, and Serious Eat’s podcast, “Special Sauce”.

With Portable Story Series, we’re creating an online storytelling platform that merges our love for audio with support for positive social causes that deserve greater visibility. With access to some of the best voice talent out there, it seemed a small leap for our studios to bring your stories to life.


We’re excited to create Portable Stories with you!



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