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Fiction Podcast Weekly - Issue #152

Fiction Podcast Weekly - Issue #152
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Issue #152 of The Fiction Podcast Weekly is proudly supported by The Podcast Host’s Tips for Creating a Documentary Style Podcast by award-winning sound designer and engineer Sarah Buchynski.
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Hot News, Roundups, and Audio Fiction Articles
The Fiction Podcast Weekly extends sincere condolences to the family, cast and crew of Oz9, on the loss of their beloved Narrator. May his memory be a blessing.
Why do people listen to podcasts? Podcasts vs Other Media: What’s The Appeal? by Calla Litman for Sounds Profitable. “Context is everything. Modern media diets are all about curation and predictive algorithms. In a departure from past generations, I’d argue that “fitting in” means something different to a nineteen-year-old than it does to a forty-nine year old. Younger generations would rather “find their tribe” as [Amy Poehler describes] than “fit in” with blanket social constructs.”
When Did Podcasts Start? Some say that The New York Times invented it last week. The truth, however, is more complex than that.
The Obamas are leaving Spotify, apparently. “the Obamas reportedly found it difficult to get their ideas for shows accepted by Spotify management - and Spotify declined to renew.” Y'know, when you’re so desperate to drive up numbers that you can’t stop to think about slow growth and enduring appeal, that’s how you get flash in the pan misinformation campaigns.
Afripods is the new podcast host for folks who want to share and listen to African podcasts.
From the “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” news desk: Facebook is pulling back from its foray into podcasting, reports Ashley Carman for the LA Times. June Foray was not available for comment.
Along similar lines: remember the Spotify Greenroom Creator Fund, when Spotify was going to “support and reward creators for the communities they build and the experiences they create?” That was fun, wasn’t it? On or about 18 April, Spotify sent a message to applicants telling them the fund is cancelled. Nice.
Parcast Union Members Vote Unanimously to Ratify First Contract because a 12-hour rest period between workdays is not too much to ask.
Podcasting’s Most Important Investment by Tom Webster It’s not NFTs. It’s not celebrities. It’s not crypto. Here, I found it for you: it’s us. “Ultimately there is no "discovery” problem. There is a “don’t care enough about podcasting to search” problem. Each of us has to be a one-person solution to that problem. No one is coming to save us.“ Recommend a podcast episode to someone, today.
Dustlight presents Poddy Training: Podcast Budgeting A practical workshop on building fair and standard budgets for your podcast. April 22. 
Editing Dialogue for Podcast Audio Dramas by Carrie Caulfield Arick. Sat, Apr 23, 2022, 12:00 PM EDT.
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
Apply for the Google Podcasts creator program (GPcp) 2022. Deadline: April 24. Yeah, I know, I just found out about it too.
Share your field recordings with us. We’re making a Creative Commons library of sound beds and an international sound collage. You can be part of it.
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. 
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. 
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.
Everyone who reads this likes fiction podcasts. Your podcast description and link could be right here. Get a Classified Ad for $28, and promote your podcast to well over twelve hundred and eighty fiction podcast enthusiasts.
Creator Resources
Content is Queen offers masterclasses and short courses, for all aspects of podcasting, including scriptwriting with Ella Watts and voice acting with Sarah Golding.
Audio Fiction Quick Resource Guide A basic, off the cuff resource guide for future audio drama & fiction podcasters who don’t know where to start, from ADWIT.
How to Position Your Podcast to Be Featured in the Major Podcasting Listening Apps Steve Wilson, chief strategy officer at QCODE Media talks with Bryan Barletta for Sounds Profitable.
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?” 
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. 
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. 
Chalk & Blade seeks a Showrunner (Executive Producer) for a full-time, one-year contract in London.
Realm is seeking an Executive Assistant to join their team. This full-time position is based in NYC.
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. 
Finding Pattersby: A Freaky Audio Fiction Mystery A weird comedy investigation into a missing suspense author, as led by his clueless ghostwriter.
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
Is this a podcast? The Prick and The Sting is a web-based immersive listening experience with binaural sound and original music.
The Author’s Anathema Natalie just got a narrating gig for a mysterious and reclusive author to record an eerie audiobook. As she reads, however, she realizes with dawning horror that each tale holds an unsettling personal connection.
Forgotten Creatures Detective May Adamos has just been transferred to the police precinct in Ojai, Ca to digitalize cases from the long-closed-down department of investigations. Join her in this weekly horror fiction podcast.
The trailer is live for Studio Ochenta‘s Adventure in Atacama. This multi-lingual adventure lets you choose your own path after each episode.
Monster Radio is a fictional horror/comedy podcast featuring zany ideas for interviews with monsters from the cast and crew behind Twin Strangers Productions, makers of the Syntax podcast.
The 100 Handed: The tattooed magician Evan Wexler and his werewolf partner V spend their nights prowling a shadowy Texas underbelly full of frenzied monsters and mad sorcerers.
Keep sharing good stories. 
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