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Fiction Podcast Weekly - Issue #147

Fiction Podcast Weekly - Issue #147
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We have to make art about things so we can understand them without having to survive them.

This issue of The Fiction Podcast Weekly is sponsored by CitizenArts’ MARCH. Berlin, 1921. A soiree – historically documented – introduces an individual who came to embody evil and darkness. How this unknown man could seduce and lead one of Europe’s most sophisticated societies – and the world – into unparalleled horrors provides lessons from the past that resonate today. The stage is set for MARCH.
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Hot News, Roundups, and Audio Fiction Articles
A Sky Full of Pods shares Sound Bytes #2, with news and listening recommendations.
This just in from PodMov Daily: Twitter’s Podcasts tab “seems to be a feed of podcast episodes shared by the people I follow through Tweets,” reports tech researcher Jane Manchun Wong. The tab doesn’t appear to have a podcast player on its own. Wong first spotted the developing Podcasts tab on March 2. “It doesn’t have a Podcast player on its own (yet…?) and this one for example links to an episode on Spotify.” Is Twitter a new outlet for Spotify?
Women Podcast Listeners: What We Know Right Now by Calla Litman for Sounds Profitable. Easy: they’re smart, strong, resourceful, and exhausted. Oh, wait, this wasn’t a quiz? Key takeaway: Fiction is the top genre for women aged 18-24.
Podnews reported that a true crime show is the first independent podcast to jump the divide from podcast to TV, and we all said ouch. Cridland amended the news, saying, “We should know better to ask questions about TV shows when we don’t watch too much TV. We’ve amended the post from yesterday, and genuinely sorry that it upset so many people on Twitter.”
Momento lets you save and share your favorite podcast moments, and, it has a new discovery tool to play with.
Podcasts have a Brand problem, not a Hit problem, says Nick Panama of branding agency SALT. This is a good point: discoverability is important and brand consistency helps. In other news,  SALT Team to Produce Interactive Audio Experience about Bored Ape NFT, Jenkins The Valet. See? Podcasting is easy. Next thing you know, The NYT is going to tell us that Jenkins invented audio drama.
Non-Linear Story Structures from Non-Western Traditions Webinar, with Henry Lien March 19, 2022, 10AM – 1PM Pacific. Online via Zoom video conference. $50 – $75. Scholarships are available.
Podcast Movement Evolutions is coming to Los Angeles, March 23-26. 
How to Market Your Podcast with Twitter , with Jeff Dwoskin, an award-winning comedian and podcaster. Free, online event. Wed, Apr 6 2022, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM EDT.
New & Noteworthy: Hacking the Algorithm of Podcast Directories. Podbean’s Director of Communications, Shannon Martin, talks about the best practices that podcasts are using to use the algorithms to their advantage and be featured within various podcast directories. Tue, April 5, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT, on Podbean Live.
Coming soon, in May: The Festival of Podcasts, a time to celebrate the art form, share knowledge, and collectively agree to resist financial scams. Submit your panel now.
Opportunities and Auditions
Apply now to speak at Podcast Movement 2022, in Dallas, August 24-26. Deadline is “in May.”
Long Cat Media are searching for a voice actor for one of our new projects: a six-episode psychological horror with the working title ‘Ghosted’. 
Social science podcasters can apply for grants of between $5,000 and $50,000 from The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. They’re seeking story proposals related to “intellectual humility,” or the ability to recognize when we’re wrong. Deadline: March 31.
@A_D_Infinitum is the Twitter clearinghouse for all kinds of audio fiction podcasts. A good show is not hard to find with @A_D_Infinitum.
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Creator Resources
Podplane is an upcoming newsletter featuring podcasts by trans and nonbinary podcasters. If that’s you, submit your podcast for consideration. If that’s not you, subscribe to find some excellent shows. 
Indie AF shares an interview with Lauren Shippen, in Part 1 and Part 2.
The Podcast Host has started The Podcraft Community on Come join us (it’s free!) and chat with other podcasters and special guests about anything under the sun of crafting the perfect podcast. 
Do you have a great behind the scenes clip, article, blog post or something like that? Can other podcasters build their skills from it? Sharing is caring. Send us your creator resources. It’s not just for people who make podcasts, either. People who don’t make podcasts but love listening to podcasts are interested in your process, too. 
Meditative Story is seeking an Executive Producer to lead the creation of finely crafted audio content at the intersection of storytelling, music, and mindfulness.
Dipsea is seeking a writer-in-residence. We create feminist audio erotica that is immersive and believable. This is a 3-6 month part-time opportunity. GO FOR IT! 
Creatives To Support
Alternate-Reality Audio Fiction Podcast Greater Boston Crowdfunds Fourth Season: The audio fiction podcast Greater Boston is crowdfunding their fourth season on Indiegogo to support their growing cast and crew. Less than two weeks left.
Support The Third Coast Festival (and learn more about it). “More than ever, we are fiercely committed to pushing the boundaries of audio storytelling and supporting the diverse communities of people who make the work. We believe that inclusion, collaboration, and experimentation are critical to the growing field of audio.”
Human Error Season One: An audio drama about a road trip through an apocalypse. Less than two weeks left.
Follow @podfunds on Twitter to find more opportunities to support independent audio fiction.  Are you getting ready to crowdfund your podcast? Let us know, so we can share your link.
Milestones, Debuts and Finales
Dramafy, a new online “audio drama podcast” streaming service, now has over 100 shows on its platform. And we need MORE! We need more great audio dramas that appeal to “all audiences.” Check us out!
Have You Seen Me? Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
Miss Treatment Daily Dose of Drama Ghetto Bougie Short Stories Hood Sex, Trap Love, and Ratchet Romance
Fever Dreams: A Pulp Collection An anthology of pulp fiction stories - horror, crime, sci-fi, thriller - unified by a pulp theme, these stand-alone stories are edgy, dark, twisted, and strange.
Moorand Community Radio Welcome to the moor: psychedelic land of stories and ghosts.
Twinemies What’s more important than love? Winning.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Silly Old Bear is an audio drama adaptation of A. A. Milne’s beloved Winnie-the-Pooh.
If you’ve read this far down, thank you. Thank you for subscribing, reading, sharing, and sending us your intel. And, if you haven’t read this far down, what are you doing here? Let’s keep making the world safe for good stories. 
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