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Announcing a new podcast!

How Reading Suspense Changes Your Brain

Tales from the Reject Pile

A new fiction podcast called “Tales from the Reject Pile” will release in January of 2019. This podcast will breathe new life into previously rejected short stories. Because every writer knows that a rejection doesn’t mean your story is bad. Maybe the editor had a bad taco that day. Maybe the moon wasn’t in the right phase. Either way, this podcast allows writers to showcase works from their reject pile, folder, drawer, or closet to a brand new audience— YOU!

We’ve already got some fascinating stories lined up for the show. Is yours next?

Our submissions are currently open. To apply, please send an email to with your story and a copy of your rejection letter if one is available. (Don’t worry, we won’t read the letters on the show— it’s for proof of qualification. This show ONLY accepts rejects.)

Once the show is live, episodes and show notes will be posted right here. They will also be distributed via popular podcasting channels.

Please note that not every episode will be suitable for children, and the show notes will contain a complete list of content warnings as required. Listeners are encouraged to use their discretion.

We look forward to sharing these stories with you.


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The Best Podcasts for Story Lovers

Podcasts for Book Lovers

With these 50+ podcasts, you can bring your books anywhere without wearing out your eyeballs.

Podcasts for Book Lovers
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If you work with screens all day like I do, you get to a point where your eyes need a rest. You know what I mean. The fluffy zombie brain, the eyes drier than the surface of the moon. Just the thought of picking up a book and staring at it for hours might give you a headache. But modern technology provides us with a beautiful fix for this problem: audio.

Audiobooks and podcasts allow us to rest our eyes while absorbing new ideas. And they can keep us company during mundane tasks like doing laundry or riding the bus.

Truth be told, I didn’t get into podcasts until recently. Personally, I prefer visual and tactile experiences. But as my business has picked up, it’s meant more screen time. More posting, more scheduling, more designing, more staring into the face of a soulless glowing landscape of facts and possibility.

Eventually, my eyes had had enough.

Though the first podcasts I picked up were news-related, I quickly branched out into the reading and writing niches of the podcast world. (Like attracts like, right?) And I am 1,000% glad that I did.

Now during my breaks, I can happily consume a piece of flash fiction or listen to a literary breakdown of an ancient classic. All while resting my eyes. And you can, too!

The Best Podcasts for Story Lovers

Podcasts I Listen To

600 Second Saga

Produced, edited, and recorded by Mariah Avix, this is an excellent choice for people short on time. Each podcast episode is 10 minutes or less. The weekly show features flash fiction pieces in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Full disclosure: Mariah is a good friend of mine and an incredible person. She puts a lot of heart into the show behind the scenes, and her narrating voice is pretty incredible.

Book Riot – The Podcast

Narrated by Book Riot’s editors, this weekly podcast focuses on noteworthy book news. And Book Riot has a whole slew of other book-related podcasts which are in my to-listen queue:




  • Recommended interesting people share their favorite books.
  • Hey YA focuses on noteworthy events in young adult literature.
  • Annotated a documentary series about language and reading.

The WIP Podcast

This weekly podcast is hosted by four writer friends at different stages in their writing careers. They are silly, raunchy, queer, and swear a lot. And they discuss various aspects of the writing process based on their own research and experiences. Full disclosure: I have also befriended some of these podcasters. They are wonderful, sweet people who are absolutely worth your time.

Other Podcasts Which Come Highly Recommended

These are podcasts I haven’t heard yet but found listed in articles by other book sites that I trust. Links to the original articles are in the headings. Please see the original articles or podcast links for full descriptions.

Book Riot Recommends:

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