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Fiction Podcast Weekly - Issue #151

Fiction Podcast Weekly - Issue #151
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Hot News, Roundups, and Audio Fiction Articles
Congratulations to the inimitable Ella Watts, producer of the BBC’s “very gay, very trans” Doctor Who spin-off series!
Common Sense Media Launches Podcast Ratings for Kids and Family Shows because when I want my children to learn how to mix cocktails, I will teach them myself. “At launch, Common Sense is also releasing 15 curated listening guides for kids and families that group together podcasts based on themes like mental health, diverse characters and stories, and social-emotional learning.”
Should transcripts be a requirement for monetization? Bryan Barletta offers a lot of interesting ideas.
Congratulations to Rouge Vif, for winning the prize for Best Fiction or Docu-Fiction at the Brussels Podcast Festival. reports that Substack poached Patreon-hit podcasts. I’d love to know how the Patreon supporters felt about that.
Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter and there goes the neighbourhood.
Dustlight presents Poddy Training: Podcast Budgeting A practical workshop on building fair and standard budgets for your podcast. April 22.
Poddy Training. Now I get it. That took me a minute.
Radio Boot Camp Presents: “Introduction to Audio Fiction”  on April 25. Producer and director Gisele Regatão (Radiotopia Presents: a hit dog will holler) will lead “a backstage tour” of the professional landscape, process, and fundamentals. 
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
Nominations are now open for the Association of African Podcasters’ African Podcast and Voice Awards 2022.
The Stitcher Breakthrough Fellowship will accept applications until April 28. The 6-month paid role (July-December) is open to podcasters with 3+ years of experience. Under the LA-based Earwolf team, the fellow will learn audio engineering, Pro Tools, script editing, and more.
Writers: Petaluma Radio Players submission guidelines Seems to be a rolling submission opportunity.
Upcoming sci-fi podcast When Tower Angels Fall is casting. Paid, deadline 20th of May.
The Pasithea Powder is casting for the first half of its third season. Paid, deadline 24th of April.
Casting Call: Echobox is a fictional podcast that retells the Greek myths in the beautiful - or not so beautiful - world of Los Angeles. Deadline: May 7?
Casting Call for Elevator Pitch Podcast - “Armageddon? What a Drag!” Deadline: June 4
Casting Call: When Tower Angels Fall - Dystopian Drama Podcast Deadline: May 20
Voice Artists: Lavender Lemonade Collective is casting for season two of Transmission Folklore. Deadline: April 30.
Voice Artists: Kingmaker is casting for a Late 40’s-Early 50’s male, South Asian voice actor.
Apply now to speak at Podcast Movement 2022, in Dallas, August 24-26. Deadline is “in May.”
@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
Tink Media has a cross-promotion database. Meet your allies and co-conspirators.
Lauren Passell has a podcast marketing Substack, Podcast Marketing Magic. “Making a beautiful show is only half the battle. How do you get people to listen to it?”
Buzzsprout shared a YouTube video to show you how to Monetize Your Podcast in 2022 with Apple Podcasts Subscriptions.
How to be a Good Podcast Host by Stephanie Fuccio
The Cambridge Geek is “trying a little bit of crowdsourcing. I’d love to expand my database of fiction podcasts to non-English ones, but it’s not something I can do properly. So as a community resource, I’m working up this spreadsheet. Anyone can add shows + tag them.” 
A list of online podcast editing communities, from our friend Stephanie Fuccio.
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. 
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. 
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Creatives To Support
Night Shift is a new urban fantasy podcast, which currently has three episodes available. The show is crowdfunding to finish its first season.
Journey to the Heart - An Original Podcast Musical A new, interactive, fantasy musical from the Creators of the Flame!
Human Error Season One: An audio drama about a road trip through an apocalypse. 
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
Debut: New sci-fi drama launched! CHAIKA is a tale of loss, isolation and hope as one woman navigates post-apocalyptic space. If you enjoy Girl in Space, Seren or Vast Horizon, then Chaika is probably your kind of show. The prologue is available now.
Debut? Milestone? Both?: Moonlight Audio Theatre, Project Audion 29, NBC University Theatre, 1984. Big Brother Is Listening To You.
Finale: Lauren Shippen writes: “I can’t believe it, but we’re closing in on the end of MAXINE MILES Season 1! The first eight episodes have laid out the clues of what happened to Riley Stevens and it’s been amazing to see how listeners have been spinning out theories from that. Listeners have been sharing their suspicions on twitter, asking questions of our characters on Tumblr, and working on their own conspiracy boards. And this Wednesday, April 13th, they’ll be presented with three choices.” Check it out now.
Debut or Creative Resource? Let’s Make a Sci-Fi‘s finale is available as of 12 April.
Debut: Studio Ochenta presents the trailer for Adventure in Atacama, a choose your adventure podcast, available in English and Spanish, with four other languages featured throughout the story. More to come!
Debut: The Ghost Catchers Majorie wants to leave The House of Nod. Living in a cult is especially annoying in 1940.
Debut: Good Mourning Siren Hills Make sure you’re in attendance for the morning announcements of Siren Hills Academy, the most accomplished school in Lockheed, Ohio
Debut: Orbituary is an audio drama centred around what actually happened on the USS Prometheus, a deep-space station that went radio silent eight years ago. Join newscaster RJ Walton as he sifts through recordings, letters, and logs.
Debut: The Dial-Up Two strangers find each other on a seemingly random internet voice call. Sounds plausible enough… until they both realise they’re talking from two different times - one from present-day 2022, one from late 1999.
Keep sharing good stories. 
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