Submissions

Please read this page before submitting as it covers guidelines, how to submit, and tips for recording. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

***Submissions for Episode 8 are now open***
Submissions will close on Wednesday 18th November, at midnight.

General Guidelines

  • For copyright reasons you must perform only your own, original work. We accept previously published pieces, but please ensure you adhere to the re-submission guidelines of the original publisher.
  • We reserve the right to reject work that is offensive, excessively expletive, graphic, or does not fit with the values of the podcast.
  • We don’t have any set themes for our episodes, but we encourage a general note of positivity to submissions.

How to Submit

Writers

  • Please try to keep your submission under 5 minutes, including your introductions.*
  • Email your submission to: unlatchedpodcast@gmail.com
  • Include your full name (or the name you want to be introduced with) and the title of the piece in your email.
  • Please include a short written bio (around 50 words) about you, your work, and any projects you’re working on that you want to share, in your email.
  • You can submit multiple audio files or just one. Please name them sensibly (e.g Intro, Piece Name).
  • We look forward to listening to your submissions!

*If you want to submit something significantly longer than 5 minutes, please get in touch. If you only go slightly over, please don’t worry!

Musicians

We would love to hear from any unsigned artists or bands looking to share their new releases and talk about their music.

On each episode we have a Musician Spotlight section where we interview an artist/band about them and their music. We share links to their music and projects on our Musician Spotlight page and on our social media channels.

If you’d like the chance to be our featured musician(s) and to talk about your work, please get in touch. Email us at unlatchedpodcast@gmail.com or contact us via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Introductions

  • Introductions can be as brief or explanatory as you like. If you’re unsure, give our previous episodes a listen to hear different ways of doing it.
  • Some things to consider: When did you write the piece? What was your inspiration?  Has the work changed in meaning since you wrote it? Are there any lines or symbols in your piece that are particularly poignant or meaningful to you? 
  • Please make sure your introduction and performance total around 5 minutes when combined (so if your piece is long, your intro 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, we can edit the audio. If you fluff a line, leave a pause and start the line again. It’s worth leaving a note in your email if this is the case, so we don’t miss it by accident!

What happens after submitting?

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


We will then 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: @UnlatchedPod, Instagram: unlatchedpodcast, and Facebook: Unlatched Podcast accounts.

Still have questions?

Please get in touch! Details can be found on the Contact page.

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