The 11 writers for Series One have been selected, and their pieces will be released in early-2018. (But you can follow us on Facebook to stay up to date Series 2 submissions!)

The Prompt:

A tape recorder was left in an abandoned grocery store on the outskirts of a post-apocalyptic Chicago. The recorder was found with a note: "Press record. Tell your truth. Hit stop." These are those truths.

Who enters? What motivates them to follow the sign’s instructions? What is their truth? The prompt is simple, the possibilities are endless – use it as inspiration, and follow the submission guidelines below.

All entries must...

• Be submitted by September 30, 2017.
• Be 400 to 1,500 words in length.

• Follow the prompt (above).
• Be written after reading the Submission Benefits. You'll find crucial information, like how a voice actor will be performing your piece, an illustration will be paired with it, and more.
• Be written in FIRST PERSON. The piece needs to be performed as a monologue.
• Adhere to ALL submission guidelines in this section. Please read "Other Rules" below.
• NOT have a bio attached. Only needed for the winners, and we do not want any additional information to influence judgment.

Quick Intro Notes:

• This is a labor of love – FOTB is being funded completely out of pocket, which means that, at this phase, acceptance does not come with payment. However, any future funding and seasons will certainly be collaborative projects wherein creators will be paid for their work. As a writer myself, I know that exposure isn't normally payment enough – but do know that there is lucrative, collaborative potential down the line, including for those who are accepted for Season One, wherever the show may take us.

• You will be notified upon receipt of your submission, as well as if we pass on it come the review period. You will not be met with dead air just because we went in a different direction, and even in 2017, emails sometimes don't go through. If you do not receive a notification alerting you of receipt within a day of submission, please reach out (after checking your spam folder.)

How to Submit:

Send the submission to and do the following:
• Put "Submission" in the subject line.
• In the body of the email, include:
          Your Name:
          Gender/Race/Identifier of Speaker: *
          Speaker's Demeanor: **
          Truth: (PASTE the piece into email body. NO attachments.)

Other Rules:

• One entry per person.
• No resubmissions.

• By submitting, you agree that if you’re selected as a winner, your piece will be read by a voice actor and included in the audio series with full credit given to you (unless you prefer otherwise.) If you yourself would like to deliver the piece or have an actor in mind, please let us know. We’re certainly open to it.
• Your submission also grants us First Serial Rights, meaning your FOTB episode will be the first time people will have the pleasure of experiencing your piece, as well as Subsidiary and Reprint Rights, as we may compile a collection of the selected pieces or release them on different formats. We just want to be able to get your piece in front of as many people as possible. After your episode airs, you can do whatever you'd like with your work, of course! Any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out:

• Operate under the assumption that nothing is off limits. Swearing/cursing, descriptions of gratuitous sex or violence, wild speculation on how the world ended – it’s all fair game. If the judge gasps, it’s probably a good thing. However, do not confuse boundlessness with a direct request for edginess; embrace the creative freedom however you see fit. Sweet and touching? Gritty and downright nasty? Both? Neither? Awesome!

* If gender, race, or any other identifying quality is not important to the voiceover actor’s role, please simply put: “Unspecified.” (You could also specify one and not the other, or keep both unspecified.) This could influence selection. Diversity is important. If you don’t agree, please don’t submit.

** The realism potential of the project leaves room for a wide array of demeanors for your speaker. Are they panicked, calm and collected, whispering like they’re fearful, or do you just want the VO actor to decide? Let us know! You can also put in performance notes throughout if you so choose, but please do not go overboard to the extent that it’s made difficult to read. In fact, there’s a very, very low chance that inclusion in the series would be determined by stage direction. (Actors love their creative freedom as much as writers, or so I've been told.)