For storytellers: How do I submit a story to The Strand Series?
For starters, decide if you have a story about something that happened to you that changed your outlook on… something. Yourself, your life, your career, your political views, whatever. That’s our main criterion: the story has to be about Change. It should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. It can be funny, heartbreaking, or just interesting. Preferably it should take 30 minutes or less to tell. And it goes without saying that you need to be willing to share this story with the world. Because this is a web-based enterprise, it will be out there for all to hear.
Though we would prefer to identify all storytellers by their actual names, you may choose to have your piece credited to "Anonymous."
1. Email us at email@example.com. Subject: "Strand Series." Give us the basic idea in 1-3 paragraphs. It doesn’t have to be well-written — just a sense of the story’s content and structure, i.e. what is its beginning, middle, and end?
2. We will respond to you shortly thereafter, and say one of the following: (a) Yes, let’s set up a time to record that. (b) It might be a great story, we just need a little more information before we can make a decision (it may be too long or short, or missing certain elements) (c) In our subjective opinion, we don’t think it’s right for this project. (Nothing personal, it’s just not the right piece for this venue)
3. If we decide to record your story, we will contact you and set up an appointment to record, a painless procedure that involves your holding a mike and speaking into it. Everything usually takes no more than an hour. We will be sure to involve you in the process so you're pleased with the finished piece.
Sound good? Then send in your ideas!