SUBMIT YOUR STORIES!
Want to tell a story on the RISK! podcast, or maybe even at one of our live shows? Tell us what happens in the beginning, middle and end (don’t leave us hanging!) of your story by answering each these questions as best you can. If a question doesn’t apply to your particular tale, see if you can say why.
TIPS FOR PITCHING
On RISK!, we look for stories that meet one or more of these criteria:
A) High stakes (You felt there was a lot to be lost and/or gained in the circumstances.)
B) Emotional investment (You really cared about the situation and were thrilled or crushed or frightened, etc.)
C) An unusual experience (Your story features subject matter we’re not likely to have covered on the podcast yet.)
D) Sharing this takes guts (Normally you’d only share this with a therapist. Or perhaps this shows a side of yourself you rarely show.)
It’s best if you keep your pitch under 250 words in length. That’s about two standard-sized paragraphs. And don’t leave us hanging, let us know how the story ends. If you prefer to send an MP3 recording of you pitching the story, keep it under 2 minutes in length and attach it to an email to email@example.com. Here is what we like to see covered in a pitch:
SET THE SCENE
Where were you in life when this began? What was your “deal”?
WHAT GOT THE BALL ROLLING
What motivated you to want to give, get or do something?
WHAT WAS AT STAKE
What hope or fear drove you? What did you stand to gain or lose? Were you surprised by complications?
HOW YOU TURNED THE CORNER
What finally changed this situation, for better or worse? Did you succeed or fail or feel a shift?
Why do you feel it’s daring to be sharing this? Why would a stranger listening to this story find it significant, affecting and worth remembering as they go about their lives?
SHOW THEMES THAT APPLY
We can’t know for sure the deadlines for specific themes, but if you pitch a good story for one theme, we can consider it for another at another time. Upcoming show themes are: Vindicated; In a Strange Land; Misunderstood; The Spirit; Impulse; So Emotional; Madness; Late Bloom; Eek!; Giving Thanks.