Pillow Talking is always looking for first person, narrative/creative nonfiction stories of real-life bedroom conversations.
In fact, this podcast wouldn’t exist without people choosing to share their intimate conversations. Whether they are thought-provoking, funny, heart-breaking or silly this takes trust, vulnerability and some guts, and I consider receiving each story a huge privilege and responsibility. If you’d like to submit your story, read on.
Be truthful. Be authentic. Be yourself. Candour is welcome; smut or gratuitous anything isn’t. It’s also not the place for pulpy “true confessions”. If you need a refresher, here is what Pillow Talking is about.
It’s the story that’s important, so don’t worry about your spelling or grammar. It will be our little secret. Story, however, means structure. Pillow Talking is first person, narrative nonfiction or creative nonfiction, which means:
- Context is important, so tell a little bit (or a lot bit) about your relationship with your fellow pillow talker.
- Don’t spend too much time on backstory or “the way things were” unless it’s an important part of the story.
- Your story needs to be specific, ie. about something that happened, rather than what your pillow talk is generally like.
- Your story doesn’t need to be only about a pillow talking conversation, but you need to have one in there, and it needs to be important to the story.
- First person means that it can only be a story about you and your fellow pillow talker, not someone else, even if the someone else is someone you’re very close to. The rule is: if you weren’t there, it’s not your story to tell.
- Feelings and reflection are important. Describe how this pillow talk made you feel, and why it’s stayed with you.
- Story range is 350-2,000 words.
Still wondering what to write or how to write it? The best thing to do is to listen to an episode – ideally more. Then get the story down and send it in. I listen and respond to each submission.
When you submit your story you’re agreeing for it to be recorded once by The Pillow Talking Project (“Pillow Talking”), and to have the archived podcast available indefinitely. There may be an opportunity to include your story in the free Pillow Talking zine; I will contact you for special permission if I choose to use your story for this. Your story is your own and you will retain all copyright control, and we will treat it with utmost respect and integrity; however, when you submit your story you’re also agreeing for it to be narrated and edited for clarity (hey – it happens to the best of us).
Your story won’t be used or sold outside Pillow Talking and you will be credited as the author and owner by whatever name you choose, both in the podcast and episode show notes. You also have the option of submitting your author/podcast website URL for us to link to in the show notes.
Submitting your story doesn’t guarantee that it’ll be used in the podcast. I do, however, read each submission and will let you know either way.
Each episode of Pillow Talking is © The Pillow Talking Project.
The $64,000 (or indeed $64) question
I don’t pay writers for their stories… yet. And I’m truly sorry. At the time of writing, it’s still super early days for Pillow Talking and I’m still growing the audience, so I don’t have any sponsorship, advertising, or crowd funding just yet. As soon as I do, I will pay the writers, because I believe in paying in the writer. In the meantime – and how the words stick in ma craw – when you write for Pillow Talking you write for credits in the episode, show notes (which can also include a link to your website or podcast if you like) and social media.
Questions about any of this? Get in touch.
Ready to submit? Write on!