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We Have A Winner!

We’re delighted to announce the winner and runners-up for our MOMENT OF TRUTH contest!

Congratulations to MATTHEW B. KELLEY whose story, DADDY’S RECORD, was chosen by our judge, author Rion B. Scott. DADDY’S RECORD will be recorded in the next month at CDM Sound Studios, Inc. in Manhattan. The Grand Prize audio production of the story will be available for download here.

The five runners-up are:

  • Down, by Tonya Walter
  • The Gospel According to Court, by Herve Yves Comeau
  • Sailing Lessons, by Scott Alumbaugh
  • Amanuensis, by Ellen Wade Beals
  • To Surge! With Love, by Benjamin Karl Drevlow

Thank you for all your submissions!

For our contest rules, click here

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Submissions for the contest theme, “MOMENT OF TRUTH”, are now closed. The winning story will be announced in early July and will be posted for download in August.

The theme for our next contest is “FEAR”. Word Count: 2500-4500 words. Fiction. Submissions will open in August.

Thank you for your submissions to our MOMENT OF TRUTH contest!

For our contest rules, click here

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This contest’s fiction theme is “MOMENT OF TRUTH”


Stories must be submitted by MAY 31ST, 2017.


Your story must be between 2,500 and 4,500 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).



Rion Amilcar Scott’s short story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016) was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Presently, he teaches English at Bowie State University.

Submit your story here!


Our Next Short Story Contest

Submissions for our next short story contest are OPEN.
Genre: Fiction
Theme: FEAR
Word count: 2500-4500
Due date: October, 2017
Submission fee: $10
Judge: TBA
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 “MOMENT OF TRUTH” theme has been selected. Congratulations to Matthew B. Kelley, whose story, “DADDY’S RECORD”,  was chosen by our judge, author Rion A. Scott.. The grand prize includes an audio production of her story, which will be available for download in August in our LISTEN section.

The five runners-up are:

  • “DOWN”, by Tonya Walter
  • “THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO COURT”, by Herve Yves Comeau
  • “SAILING LESSONS”, by Scott Alumbaugh
  • “AMANUENSIS” by Ellen Wade Beals
  • “TO SURGE! WITH LOVE” by Benjamin Karl Drevlow

Thank you for all your submissions to our inaugural contest.

For more information about our contest rules, click here.


“Falling in Love at the Lipstick Lagoon”
by Mary Liza Hartong

“Falling in Love at the Lipstick Lagoon”, by Mary Liza Hartong, is the winning story for our third contest theme: LOVE STORY. This story was performed by Becky Ann Baker (19 minutes 26 seconds).


Synopsis: “A shy square-dancer finds love at the lagoon.”

Click below to hear a small sample of the story

About the Author

Mary Liza Hartong is a graduate student in creative writing at Dartmouth College. She originally hails from Nashville, Tennessee and strives to infuse her writing with the same colorful, quirky, and sometimes tacky Southern charm that marked her upbringing.

Mary Liza’s literary idols include David Sedaris, Jeanette Winterson, and Mindy Kaling. When she’s not writing she enjoys painting, improv comedy, and spoiling her dog, Tig. She hopes to publish her first novel soon!

About the Judge

Kate Bolick judged our LOVE STORY Contest.

Kate Bolick‘s first book, the best-selling Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 and translated into eight languages. A contributing editor for The Atlantic, Bolick is also a freelance writer for The New York Times, Slate, and Vogue, among other publications, and host of “Touchstones at The Mount,” an annual interview series at Edith Wharton’s country estate, in Lenox, MA. Previously, she was executive editor of Domino, and a columnist for The Boston Globe’s Ideas Section. Bolick speaks frequently at colleges and conferences, and has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and numerous NPR programs across the country. She teaches creative nonfiction at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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.



At CDM Studios with Becky Ann Baker


Broadway: Good People, All My Sons, Assassins, Titanic, A Streetcar Named Desire, Best Little Whorehouse. Off-Broadway: The Hairy Ape, Peer Gynt, Dear Elizabeth, Barbecue, and many more. Film includes “Starbright,” “The End of the Tour,” “23 Blast,” “Hope Springs,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Men in Black” and “A Simple Plan.” TV: “Girls (Two Critics Choice Nominations),” “Freaks and Geeks,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Last Week Tonight,” “Crisis in Six Scenes,” “Gotham,” “The Good Wife,” and “Nurse Jackie.”


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 “LOVE STORY” 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 start with a great story. Find the perfect narrator. And create a powerful performance.



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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Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions to Portable Story Series via Fractured Atlas are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donating to Portable Story Series sustains the series, its administration, and its social media outreach, and it enables us to provide small honorariums for contest judges and narrators.