Call for audio submissions to Durham’s Audio Under the Stars, rolling deadlines

Submit your work to Audio Under the Stars!

Durham’s favorite summer audio festival is launching its second season and to kick it off we’re looking for stories ranging from 2-15 minutes that (more or less) fit these themes:

Homecoming/Stories of Leaving and Return: submission deadline 4/19

At some point, we all leave home. Or do we? And who does the journey change–the ones who leave or the ones who stay behind? Tell us about your prodigal sons and why you can't go home again. Or about a really cheesy dress you bought for that high school dance.

Haunted: submission deadline 5/12

What is it you can’t let go? Who- or what- won’t let go of you? If you’ve got stories of obsessions, fixations, otherworldly encounters, or unwholesome interests, open your closet of skeletons and let us have a peek.

Dog Days of Summer: submission deadline 6/10

It’s not all lazy days and picnics. The Dog Days were once considered an evil time when “wine grew sour and dogs turned mad.” Send us the good and the bad: summer flings and overheated outbursts; stories of indolence and frenzy. Plus, dogs. We like dogs.

Alternative Love Stories: submission deadline 7/14/15

What if the person, place or thing that sets your heart strings strumming also sets you apart in some way? What if your Happily Ever After wasn’t? We want to hear about unorthodox cravings, unexpected endings, and love stories of all stripes.

Bad Advice & Second Chances: submission deadline 8/11/15

Some of us have actually paid cash money for a 1974 Dodge Dart. Tell us your stories about when you listened to your Uncle Leo rather than your common sense, or any other time you told that small voice in your head to shut up and sit down. Also, tell us about the aftermath and how you've lived to tell the tale.

We love sound-rich stories that make us think, make us laugh, and take us to places near and far. We especially love pieces based in Durham, in North Carolina, or made by local radio producers, but we're open to any great idea. Share your work or work you find compelling made by someone else. We want to hear it all, even if it's not a perfect fit for the theme.

We need your help to find the best of the best. Use this form to submit a story for consideration— submit as many stories as you'd like!

Audio Under the Stars is a summer audio festival in Durham, North Carolina. Each month from May through September we curate a playlist of the most compelling and fun audio and play it back in the cozy backyard of the Duke Center for Documentary Studies.

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