From Our Staff | August 28, 2007

So the deadline for our first annual Audio Competition is drawing near, and, to be perfectly honest, we still need more submissions.  As with all beginnings, this one is tenuous, touch-and-go, and we need your support to make it a success.  All of us here at TMR think this competition has tremendous potential, and, for that reason, many of us have been working hard (with limited resources) to spread the word in any way possible. 

So here’s the word once more (and rather like a blunt implement):  SEND US YOUR WORK ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15th!

If you’re new to digital recording, don’t let that dissuade you from entering.  Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process.  It’s surprisingly easy to do, so take a look.

Here are the competition guidelines, including specifics about each of the four categories:  Voice-Only Literature, 10-Minute Play, Narrative Essay, and Documentary. 

The prizes are generous, and, statistically speaking, you have a better chance of winning this year than any other.  Aside from the prize money, winning entries will be featured on TMR’s website, as Podcasts, and made available to subscribers of the print version of the magazine.  This is some serious exposure – and well worth the price of admission.

To my eyes, the audio competition is at this early stage similar to Baudelaire’s Albatross:  “he cannot walk because of his great wings.”  I would say that these “great wings” are the contest’s vast potential – a potential which, because it is tied to a new technology, is also a temporary impediment to flight.  But this bird is meant to fly – that much I believe.  We need your help to get it off the ground. 

So send us your best work.  The possibilities at this junction of voice and text are limitless and yours to be explored.