Submissions

Want to have your work featured on the Unlatched Open Mic Podcast? We can’t wait to hear and share you work. Please read this page before you submit to the podcast as it covers guidelines, tips for recording, and how to send in your submission.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.

***Submissions are still open***

General Guidelines

  • For copyright reasons you must perform only your own work, no covers please.
  • There is no set theme, however given the current climate we think it would be nice to keep a note of positivity to submissions. A few suggestions for theme include: connection, hope, home, family, nature, the outdoors.
  • You retain all copyright to the works submitted but agree to grant us a perpetual, royalty free, non exclusive, sublicensable right including, a license to use, reproduce, publish, distribute, make available to the public and exercise all sublicensable copyright and publicity rights in respect of your submission.
  • The project reserves the right to decline work that is excessively expletive, graphic or does not fit with the values of the project.

Introductions

  • Introductions can be as brief or explanatory as you like. If you’re unsure, you can listen to previous episodes to hear different ways of doing it.
  • Some things to consider: When did you write the piece? What was the main inspiration? Is there a line or symbol that is particularly meaningful to you? Has the work changed in meaning since you wrote it?
  • Please make sure that your introduction combined with your performance is around 5 minutes (so if your performance is long, your introduction should be fairly short to compensate).

Tips for recording

  • Record in a quiet room with windows/doors closed to reduce background noise.
  • Most phones have a perfectly good recording system, so there’s no need to have any specialist equipment to get involved.
  • Test how close to your face you need to hold you the recording device. You won’t need to hold it right by your mouth, usually about 5-10cm away. Imagine you are on speaker phone to someone or making a voice note.
  • Speak at a clear, normal speed and don’t feel the need to put on a ‘radio voice’. If it helps, imagine that you are performing to someone in the room.
  • Don’t beat yourself up trying to get a perfect recording – like any open mic, there are going to be some mistakes. Get something you are happy with and send it in.
  • That being said, I can edit the audio. If you fluff a line, leave a pause and start the line again. It’s worth leaving me a note in your email if this is the case, so I don’t miss it by accident!

Writers

  • Keep your submission under a maximum of 5 minutes, including any introductory preamble.*
  • Email your submission as audio file(s) to: unlatchedpodcast@gmail.com
  • Include your full name (/the name you want to introduced with) and the title of the piece in your email.
  • List how many audio files there should be attached and what they contain (e.g. introduction, song, outro).
  • Include a short written bio (around 50 words) about you and your work.
  • Let me know about any projects you are working on and I’ll be happy to mention and link them.
  • You can submit multiple audio files e.g. one containing the introduction, one containing the performance, and one containing any outro/signing off. Whatever works best for you!

*if you have a particular idea that will last significantly longer than 5 minutes, please get in touch. If you go slightly over, please don’t worry!

Musicians

We are always on the lookout for new musical talent and would love to hear from any unsigned artists wanting to get their music out there.

Get in touch to be featured on our bi-weekly musician spotlight. What this means is we would like to interview you to talk about your music and the inspiration behind your work. The interview would be featured on the podcast, and you and your work would also be featured in a dedicated musician spotlight section on our website, plus we’d love to promote your work on our social media.

If you’d like the chance to be our featured musician and to talk about your work with us please get in touch. You can email us at unlatchedpodcast@gmail.com or contact us via social media.

What happens after submission?

I will email you back as soon as possible to let you know that it has been received. If you haven’t heard from me within a week, please get in touch again/check the email address is correct.

I will be in touch again via email when the episode that features your work is ready, to let you know when it will be uploaded. Links will be shared on the podcast’s official Twitter account: @UnlatchedPod and Instagram page: unlatchedpodcast.

Still have questions?

I’m happy to answer any questions, so please get in touch. All details can be found on the Contact page.

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