Pillow Talking is about the stories we tell each other when there’s no one listening, and it begins with you telling me yours.
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. a particular conversation you had with a beginning, middle and end (even if it was a super short conversation) rather than what your pillow talk is generally like.
- 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.
When you submit your story you’re agreeing for it to be recorded once by The Pillow Talking Project, and to have the archived podcast available indefinitely. 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.
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.
Questions about any of this? Get in touch.
Ready to submit? Write on!