September 1, 2020

Off the Page and Into the Airwaves

We are unrolling a new category here at Booth this season. Starting on September 1, 2020, Booth will now be accepting audio submissions for consideration. We’re adding a new section on our website exclusively for housing audio files. As with all submissions, our new audio category will also be considered for print. How? QR codes.

The big why: storytelling started off the page, in the air, and that tradition has carried on in literary scenes across the world. We’re taking our cue from journals past and present who have increased accessibility by providing audio options for engaging with texts. Booth is taking it a step further. Some stories transcend the written word. They are best experienced in the artist’s own voice. We are creating a space to house work that is designed to engage with our readership aurally.

A new “Audio Submissions” category will now appear on our Submittable page. When submitting, please keep in mind that you ​may ​send a written transcript of the work, but our readers will be considering the submission on merit of the audio file alone.

The specs: ​Send us MP3, WAV, or MP4 files. Be sure to record 0.5 to 1 second of room tone at its beginning and 1 to 5 seconds of room tone at its end. You ​may a​ttach a written transcript of the work, but this is absolutely not necessary. Audio files should not exceed 8 minutes of content. We are interested in housing everything from narrative fiction to spoken word to personal essay and beyond.

We can’t wait to hear you,