From Our Soundbooth | March 17, 2014

Our 2014 Audio Contest deadline here at TMR is less than a week away (Extended Deadline is March 22nd), so those of us on the contest team are prepping for some serious listening to all our entrants in poetry, prose, and audio documentary in the coming month.  That means lots of people complimenting me on the giant (i.e. bulky) and very official looking (i.e. bulky) pair of headphones.  I’ll hear most of those compliments,  because my headphones are from the era of  shock-proof, anti-skip CD players, a time when sound canceling was more shrugged attempt than baseline requirement, a time when I was mostly listening to Billy Joel albums I’d downloaded off of Napster (ok, Billy Joel is probably the least embarrassing example I could have included there–Smash  Mouth would be the worst.)

Forget that Smash Mouth mention, please, so that I might maintain some credibility.

But those headphones get the job done, and, fortunately, are not at all representative of the commitment to the audio side of the magazine around the offices at TMR.  For example, there’s TMR’s in-house recording studio just three floors below me, where the full-audio recordings of our content are done by professional readers to supplement our digital edition of the magazine–the edition to which an entry to TMR’s Audio Contest gets you a years subscription.

There’s also the newly revamped TMR Soundbooth Podcast.  Which is not only the place where the winners and runners-up in the Audio Contest are published, but also features an increasing array of interviews with writers, publishers, editors, and staff members, as well as round-table discussions on current literary topics.

Before my time working at TMR, I took a bit of pride in being someone, who ‘just wasn’t into audio books or talk radio,’ and I justified that by a fear of nodding off while driving (it really had more to do with just being unable to turn off those old mix-CD’s–Smash Mouth, why must you haunt me so!).  But that has changed, and I’m now fortunate enough to be one cog in the audio side of the magazine, a side that I think makes us uniquely positioned to engage with both the print and audio production worlds.  We can publish great poetry and prose readings like Laurel Bastian and Anna Vodicka (last year’s winners in those genres), as well put more experimental documentary work such as audio-doc winner “The Storm” alongside great radio-reportage like runner-up “Teen Contender”.

So submit your best audio work in prose, poetry, or audio documentary, and help us carry forward our goal of continuing our commitment to the audio side of TMR.  Each winner will receive $1,000 and be featured on our Soundbooth Podcast, and all entrants will receive a one-year digital subscription to the magazine.  We hope to get the chance to hear your work!

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