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We Have A Winner!

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

Congratulations to MARY LIZA HARTONG whose story, FALLING IN LOVE AT THE LIPSTICK LAGOON, was chosen by our judge, author Kate Bolick. FALLING IN LOVE AT THE LIPSTICK LAGOON 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:

  • Moondance, by Ruth Knafo Setton
  • Hellen Keller, by Lauren Waterman
  • Lifespan of a Mobile Home on Fire, by Bridgette Shade
  • A String of Pearls, by Anne G. Orchardson
  • Marble Angel, by Joseph T. Argo, jr.

Thank you for all your submissions!

For our contest rules, click here

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Submissions for the contest theme, “LOVE STORY”, are now closed. The winning story will be announced in early March and will be posted for download in April.

The theme for our next contest will be available to Newsletter subscribers shortly and made publicly available in March. 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 LOVE STORY contest!

For our contest rules, click here

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This contest’s fiction theme is “LOVE STORY”: Tell us a love story with or without the explicit use of romance.


Stories must be submitted by January 20th, 2017.


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 are OPEN.
Genre: Fiction
Theme: Moment of Truth
Word count: 2500-4500
Due date: May 31st, 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 “LOVE STORY” theme has been selected. Congratulations to Mary Liza Hartong, whose story, “FALLING IN LOVE AT THE LIPSTICK LAGOON”,  was chosen by our judge, author Kate Bolick. The grand prize includes an audio production of her story, which will be available for download in late April in our LISTEN section.

The five runners-up are:

  • “MOONDANCE”, by Ruth Knafo Setton
  • “HELLEN KELLER”, by Lauren Waterman
  • “LIFESPAN OF A MOBILE HOME ON FIRE”, by Bridgette Shade
  • “A STRING OF PEARLS” by Anne G. Orchardson
  • “MARBLE ANGEL” by Joseph T. Argo, Jr.

Thank you for all your submissions to our inaugural contest.

For more information about our contest rules, click here.


“Cubby” by Christi Nogle

“Cubby”, by Christi Nogle, is the winning story for our second contest theme: TIME TRAVEL. This story was performed by Lili Taylor (23 minutes 02 seconds).


Synopsis: A mother finds a routine journey into the past more dangerous than she anticipates.

Click below to hear a small sample of the story

About the Author of “Cubby”

Christi Nogle lives in Idaho and teaches writing at Boise State University. She has published in the local Log Cabin Literary Center’s Writers in the Attic anthology and has work forthcoming from the Pseudopod podcast. “Cubby” is her first story distributed to a national audience. You can follow Christi on Twitter @christinogle. Some of Christi’s favorite time travel stories are Octavia Butler’s Kindred, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, Jack Finney’s “I’m Scared,” and the stories in Tim Powers’ collection Strange Itineraries.

Christi is, coincidentally, a great fan of Lili Taylor.

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 Lili Taylor


Lili Taylor has worked in theater, film, and television for the past thirty years. She is known for her performances in such award-winning films as Mystic Pizza (1988), Say Anything… (1989), Dogfight (1991), Short Cuts (1993) and I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), Ransom (1996), The Haunting (1999), The Conjuring (2013) and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015). In television, she has starred in Six Feet UnderHemlock GroveAlmost Human and most recently she can be seen in the award-winning TV show American Crime. She proudly serves on the board of the American Birding Association and the National Audubon Society.


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 “TIME TRAVEL” 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.

Lava Mae

Lava Mae is a San Francisco-based mobile hygiene service for people experiencing homelessness.  We work to bring humanity, innovation, and collaboration to the way services are provided to those experiencing homelessness.

Classes 4 Classes

Classes 4 Classes is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to teach children the power of kindness and compassion through their ability to create positive change for others.

Soul River, Inc. ``Runs Wild``

Soul River, Inc. “Runs Wild” Uplifts and strengthens communities by connecting inner city youth and veterans to the outdoors, harnessing incredible opportunities and powerful experiences that forge strong connections between youth and veterans, their communities, and the natural world.

And with next contest, “Moment of Truth” you’ll be able to help support these three great 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. Kate Bolick is the judge for our current contest theme: LOVE STORY.

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.


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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