We recently learned about a great new project entitled The ShadowCast Audio Anthology that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and artwork free to the public. They are particularly interested in Lovecraftian fiction and have just announced an open call for submissions of original work.

If you are an aspiring author or artist, this is great chance to get your feet wet and your work out to the masses.

Official Press Release:

Jason Warden, editor and host of The ShadowCast Audio Anthology is proud to announce the first episode of the bi-weekly podcast has been released. We’ve been working diligently over the last month, reading story submissions and attempting to acquire cover art and Theme music. And while we’ve received several story submissions, we’ve had only limited interest in the art and music categories. I’d like to take the opportunity afforded me by the LNN to put out a call to all the lovers of great dark fiction, we need more submissions in all areas. I have for a long period been thinking of developing some sort of podcast, but I didn’t want to do just anything. Many days and weeks of arduous thought went into the planning and promotion of the site and the structure of the podcast. To this point I’ve read many submissions and so far have filled the first two episodes, the first of which will be available on October 1st, followed by the second on October 14th. The authors of both stories have received several prestigious awards, but are not names most people would know, and in that lies the purpose of the effort put into the podcast. We want to be the place you look for new authors and great stories. Stories that cross and blur the lines of genre definition, and authors who are bold and write with the belief that readers will appreciate a story well told.

I approached the LNN with a purpose in mind. I had been oblivious of H.P Lovecraft for most of my life and when I first discovered him, it was not because I had read his original work. “Children of Cthulhu” an anthology of the Cthulhu Mythos struck a chord with me and not long after I began reading Lovecraft and of course August Derleth. I am overwhelmed by the amount of inspiration those tales invoked within me and I am now looking forward to hopefully publishing and performing podcast episodes from new authors with their own tales inspired by Lovecraft’s work. We are currently accepting submissions in several categories for the podcast:

1. Short stories between 1000 – 5000 words

2. Flash fiction stories under 1000 words. Flash fiction is relatively new at least in definition, and is, by it’s own constraints, hard to write. It demands clear concise storylines that paint a picture in few words. Keep in mind, it still must be a story with a beginning, middle and end.

3. Cover art, as the name suggests, art to show off on the site and perhaps, with the artists permission, on banners and Icons such as those on ITunes. Our current avatar display on iTunes is one such example of submitted art, as is the header on our site.

4. Theme Music. This one is completely open, as I have yet to receive any submissions. If selected the work will be the opening and closing music for the podcast and the band or musician will receive credit both on the site as well as on the podcast for their work.

Rest easy in submitting to us: our artists and authors continue to hold all rights to their work, we ask for no rights whatsoever. We only claim ownership of the podcast, and with that you are free to do as you wish as long as you do not change or sell the podcast. It is produced under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

We look forward to seeing your work and hearing from those of you looking for a great story. Subscribe free to the podcast through iTunes or our site, and please drop us a line and tell us what you think on our website at www.shadowpress.wordpress.com

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