Hooray, we've made it to the TENTH year of Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology! As before, we'll be collecting short lady-centric podfics by different readers in different fandoms to release as an anthology and as a collection of individual files.
This year's submission deadline is February 9th, and we will post on February 29th.
In honor of our ten year milestone, the theme for this year's anthology is milestones
. It's optional—all podfics are welcome as long as they follow the rules laid out in the Submission Guidelines—but feel free to let it inspire you if you'd like.
If you are not familiar with this project, you can see the previous nine anthologies here
, and here
: Interested in participating? We'd love to have you. This should be a low-stress project, even for people who are new to podficcing, due to the word-count: 1500 words or less (with many being as short as 1-2 minutes). If you'd like to record something for this anthology, please fill out this quick google form
and we'll send you the link to the spreadsheet where we'll be keeping track of all the podfics.
Here are some good places for finding short fics about female characters:
-The Women Being Awesome
, Female Characters
, POV Female Character
, and Female Relationships
tags at the AO3, limited to word counts of 1500 or less.
-The Misses Clause Challenge from Yuletide
-Awesome Ladies Ficathon
(original LJ ficathon deleted, but these works crossposted to AO3 remain)
-Real Women Fest
-Female Character Trope Fest
-The Bechdel Test Comment Ficathon
-The Bechdel Test Comment Ficathon II
-I am the Plot, Babe: A Villainess Ficathon
-Where No Woman: Un-erasing the women of Star Trek
-The Femslash February Collection
Since this project has a relatively quick turnaround time, you may want to refer to this database of authors who have posted blanket permission statements
.To the Podcurious
: A number of prolific podficcers have gotten their start by contributing to previous years of this anthology. If you have ever thought you might like to create podfic, this is a really great starting place. It's low pressure, you'll get a lot of listeners, you're contributing to a cool fanwork that celebrates our love for female characters, and it's not too intense of a spotlight, because your piece is in the company of many other voices.To Everyone
: Feel free to comment with links to other fests or specific works that you think would be a good fit for this anthology. Additionally, we are looking for beta listeners who can absolutely commit to at LEAST two hours of beta listening between February 11th and 18th. Please let us know if you'd be available and interested; we'd be very grateful!To Authors:
We've had some awesome authors get involved in the past, in pod_together
style, to create short female-centric pieces for the anthology in collaboration with podficcers. If you’re an author who’s interested and is seeking podficcers to work with, feel free to comment below. Podficcers who would like this sort of collaboration, please reply directly to the authors.
Below you will find our rules and submission guidelines. If you have any additional questions, please let us know!Basic Rules
- Each reader can make up to 5 podfics to include in the anthology (though an unlimited number may be included in the spreadsheet/AO3 collection), and each story should be no more than 1500 words.
- All stories should focus on characters who identify as women within the story.
- All fandoms, including rpf fandoms, are eligible.
- All podfics should be submitted in mp3 format.
- As long as it is still the day of the deadline anywhere on Earth, you are allowed to submit podfics.
- Effects are fine, but please do not use intro or outro music in the version of the podfic you submit for the Anthology (just for the sake of time—it's usually hours long, so we'd like to keep each podficlet within it to the header info we requested, the words of the story, and "the end" in order to not expand the time further. If you'd like to add in music to the version that you crosspost or that goes into the excel spreadsheet of individual podficlets, that's totally fine!
- Important note: Please make sure you read and follow the Submission Guidelines. It helps everything flow together much better, and it makes the mods' jobs so much easier!
For the sake of consistency within the anthology, we'd like to ask that everyone follow these guidelines for eligible fics and the metadata you include in the podfic:
-All recordings should begin and end with two seconds of silence.
-Each reading should begin, "[Title], written by [author], read by [reader]. Fandom: [Fandom]." We also suggest including appropriate warnings or content notes for common triggers such as sexual assault and major character death.
-Each reading should end with "The End".
-The metadata should follow this format
Name: [Fandom] Title
Artist: readername (reader)
Album Artist: authorname (author)
Album: Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology X
Comments: Text at: http://link
(Note that usernames should be all-lowercase, with fandom and title given title capitalization.)
-To help make sure the volume across the anthology is consistent, we are providing a benchmark volume file to use for volume-matching. Please make sure that your own podfics are approximately matched to this volume. One way is to listen to the benchmark at a comfortable volume, then listen to your file, and if you don't find the transition jarring or feel a need to turn the volume up or down when the file switches, you're good! If you aren't sure how to adjust volume, in Audacity it's Amplify under the Effects menu, and in Garageband it's track volume (the blue line here
). If you have more questions, feel free to ask in the comments! The benchmark volume file is here
(right-click save to download).