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Pitch Us: Transom

Posted: May 20, 2020 is an experiment in channeling new work and voices to public radio through the Internet, for discussing that work, and encouraging more. acquires pieces for about $500 a pop. We encourage and assist producers in getting their work broadcast after it appears on Transom: on NPR news shows, This American Life, and other venues. We also coordinate Transom features with PRX distribution. We sometimes anthologize pieces in The Transom Radio Hour.

We’re looking for great radio — things that are less heard, different angles, new voices, new ways of telling, and any other good pieces that haven’t found another way onto public radio. Editors evaluate material more by what it does than what it is. Some questions they’ll consider:

• On the air, would it keep you by your radio until it’s over?
• Is the maker someone of talent who should be encouraged?
• Does it push at the boundary of conventional radio in an exciting way?
• Will it provoke fruitful discussion online?

Submissions can be stories, essays, home recordings, sound portraits, interviews, found sound, non-fiction pieces, audio art, whatever, as long as it’s good listening. Material may be submitted by anyone, anywhere — by citizens with stories to tell, by radio producers trying new styles, by writers and artists wanting to experiment with radio. As long as it hasn’t already aired nationally, we’ll consider it.

show: up to one hour.
segments: up to an hour.
compensation: $500 and up
pitch: By online submission form (preferred)

Also accept submissions via snail mail.
They should be sent with a signed submission agreement form.
mailing address: Transom, 3 Water Street,
P.O. Box 445, Woods Hole, MA 02543
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