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This contest’s fiction theme is “HUNGER”. Think creatively, and run with this theme. We’re excited to see what you write.


Stories must be submitted by March 28th, 2016.


Your story must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Fiction stories only, please. Only one submission per person per contest. 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!


ARCTIC, by Nathan Alling Long

This Portable Story was recorded to demonstrate how Portable Story Series works.

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“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.



Enjoy this behind the scenes recording of Arctic, which you can listen to here.

This video was created to demonstrate how Portable Story Series works.


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.


With each contest, we highlight three charities and non-profits that are doing vital work that deserves greater visibility. 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.


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: HUNGER.

Kate Christensen is the author of 
seven novels, including The Great Man, which won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and the forthcoming The Last Cruise, as well as two culinary memoirs, Blue Plate Special and How to Cook a Moose. She writes essays and reviews for numerous publications, most recently Elle, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Cherry Bombe, Vogue, Food & Wine, and The Wall Street Journal. Christensen lives in Portland, Maine, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.


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.

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.


Like The Moth and Selected Shorts wrapped up with an audio ribbon – and it’s doing a lot of good too.


Such a cool, modern way to encourage the art of storytelling.


A great new concept


I love everything about this series. It gets to the core essence of what stories create in our lives….connection.


There’s a lot here to offer to budding writers – audio publication, some cash, a bit of marketing, and a chance to give back.


We’re excited to create Portable Stories with you!


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