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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 July 29th, 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:
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.
COMING SOON: “How You Like” by Jari Chevalier
In the meantime, feel free to download “ARCTIC”, by Nathan Alling Long, read by Dennis Boutsikaris. “ARCTIC” was recorded to demonstrate how Portable Story Series works.
About the Author of “Arctic”
“Arctic”, written by Nathan Alling Long, was just chosen as Grand Prize Winner in the Open Road Review writing contest. Nathan’s work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. The recipient of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship, a Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship, and a Virginia Commission of the Arts grant, Nathan is now an Associate Professor of creative writing at Stockton University. “Arctic” is part of his short story collection, “Everything Merges with the Night”, which is currently seeking publication. Connect with him here.
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.
– SHANTIDEVA –
COMING SOON: “How You Like” by Jari Chevalier
In the meantime, enjoy this Behind-the-Scenes video of “ARCTIC”, read by Dennis Boutsikaris, which you can also listen to here.
This video was created to demonstrate how Portable Story Series works.
ABOUT THE NARRATOR
Dennis Boutsikaris is a two-time Obie-winning stage actor who was the first American actor to play Mozart on Broadway in “Amadeus”. His films include “THE BOURNE LEGACY”, “W”, “Batteries not included”, “Dream Team” and the soon-to-be released “FREEHELD”. If you have a TV you can see him as Rick Schwelkart on AMC’s BETTER CALL SAUL. Mr. Boutsikaris is the recipient of 6 Aucies and 12 Golden Earphone Awards for his work in over 130 Audiobooks and was voted one of the Best Voices of the Year by AudioFile Magazine. His books include THE INNOVATORS (Amazon’s 2014 Audiobook of the Year). GAME CHANGE, Neil Gaman’s AMERICAN GODS, Stephen King’s FIRE STARTER. Philip Roth’s NEMESIS and Don DeLillo’s UNDERWORLD. He is never happier than when he walks through the doors at CDM Studios and orders lunch. It’s on THEM.
Dennis Boutsikaris is a two-time Obie-winning stage actor who was the first American actor to play Mozart on Broadway in “Amadeus”. His films include “THE BOURNE LEGACY”, “W”, “Batteries not included”, “Dream Team” and the soon-to-be released “FREEHELD”. If you have a TV you can see him as Rick Schwelkart on AMC’s BETTER CALL SALL.
With each contest, we highlight three 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.
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’ 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.
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.
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!