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Last Updated: 22 October 2016


  • Anaea Lay (Fiction)
  • Ciro Faienza (Poetry)

What We Want

Voice actors from a variety of demographics and backgrounds to do readings of poems published by Strange Horizons. At present we are not seeking fiction readers.

You do not have to have a professional theatrical background, but you do need to be able to read well, making the poem accessible and interesting to our listeners. You must also be able to send us a high quality recording of your reading, with little background noise.

What We Pay

We pay $15 (U.S.) for poem readings, and plan to hire about one outside reader per month.

How to Audition

Send an mp3 recording of you reading two different poems to with the subject line "Podcast audition" and the following information in the body of your email.

  • Name:
  • Gender:
  • Age:
  • Nationality:
  • Race:
  • Spoken English Accent (e.g. American—Boston, British—Welsh):
  • Languages spoken with native fluency:
  • Languages spoken fluently:
  • Languages spoken with competency:
  • Spoken English Accents at which proficient:
  • Availability (e.g. always, with two weeks notice, with one month's notice etc.):
  • Previous experience:

What to Expect

You will receive a response acknowledging receipt of your audition file. If the recording quality was inadequate, we'll let you know so you can try again when you have better tools. Otherwise, you'll go into our database of potential readers, and we'll contact you when we have opportunities that fit your skill set and availability.

The Podcast Department does not use an auto-responder to acknowledge submissions. If you have not heard from us in eight weeks from the date of your submission, please contact us.