From Our Soundbooth | January 29, 2014

It’s time again for the start here at The Missouri Review of our annual Audio Competition (in its 7th year).  Featuring original audio content and producing an in-house podcast series are things we love doing, and in years past we have had the chance to share with our readers and listeners, through this contest, some really fantastic original audio pieces.  Here are some things worth knowing about the contest this year (complete guidelines can be found here).

We have three categories: Poetry, Prose, and Documentary. The guidelines provide a description of what we are looking for in each, but you can also check out all our previous winners and runners-up here.  Email us at if you’d like any more details or descriptions of the categories, and we’ll work to get your questions answered.

The time limit for submissions will again be 15 minutes this year. Last year, we switched from ten to fifteen minutes, and we’ll never look back!

We have a snazzy new online submission system for the Audio Contest.  And we hope it will be even more user friendly than in years past (and make our lives a bit easier on this end, which never hurts!).  Go here to check out the new system and submit online.  Of course, we are still happy to consider mailed submissions as well.

Our deadline is March 15, 2013.  Our fantastic audio contest team will be listening to your submissions all winter and spring, and passing finalists to our Guest Judge, with winners to be announced in May.

Speaking of that Guest Judge…

We are pleased to announce that this year’s contest judge is Brendan Baker.

Photo-on-2010-09-20-at-11.35-3Baker is a producer, engineer, and musician based out of Brooklyn, New York.  He was the recipient of the 2011 Third Coast Gold Award for his work with Love + Radio, and has recently worked designing sound for The Onion News Network, recording and producing audio tours for Antenna Audio and Pimzlo Media, and running concerts for El Taller Latino Americano.  You can find out more about him and follow his work on his website.

We hope to get the chance to listen to your work!