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Gray Sky Podcast will occasionally publish short reviews of movies, books, television programs, video games and other media. If you want to submit a review to the Pod, check out the following guidelines:
- Gray Sky Podcast is interested in reviews of genre material–that is, SF That means science fiction, fantasy, horror, and freaky weird stuff that isn’t easily categorized. We wouldn’t be interested in a review of, say, The Godfather Series or The Bridget Jones Series. Great, interesting stuff, to be sure, but not Gray Sky Podcasts focus. Reviews of television series, while welcome, should cover entire seasons or current season in-progress, not individual episodes. Reviews of video games, websites, or other related material are also welcome. We want you to suggest entertaining things that might interest our listening audience. We will shy away from politics and religion, just to subjective and there are other places to do things like that. Fact we do believe in Net Neutrality. We believe in voting and maintaining the right to do so, whereas this site is concerned that is as we are willing to go with politics.
- If you want to write a review/record for Gray Sky Podcast, there are two ways you can go about it. Your first option is to send a query to us. Quite frankly, this might be your preferred alternative. Gray Sky Podcast simply doesn’t have the capacity to review all the great stuff that’s out there and we are not a review podcast. Our emphasis is on writers and stories. So before writing a review, you might want to know if we’re even interested. Send your query–just a few short lines, please Subj: Review (movie/music/etc) email@example.com We will get back to you in a timely manner and notify you if we’d like the review.
The second option is to just write your review and send it to that same address. Note the emphasis: write the review. Do not submit a recording. If your review is accepted, we’ll have you send us a recording at that time. (And please note: this means that if you want to do reviews for Gray Sky Podcast, you should be prepared to record it yourself, which means you’ll need access to the very simple facilities for recording your material.) If we are willing to give your review and your voice a shot it could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. All reviews will be subject to any editing the Reviews Editor may find appropriate.
- If you choose to submit a written review without querying, or if we have responded to your query by inviting you to submit a review, it should be submitted in a manner identical to our submissions: in the body of the email, plain text, etc. If you haven’t already, you should take a look at our fiction submissions guidelines. Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your subject line should read QUERY or REVIEW:(TITLE) as appropriate. Emails with other subject lines will find a black hole of their own.
- Reviews have a hard limit of 1200 words maximum, and we’d actually prefer them to be a bit shorter than that.
- At the present time, Gray Sky Podcast does not offer payment for reviews.
- Although writing a review may sound easy, it’s not. Gray Sky Podcast wants thoughtful, reviews, do not send us “Hey, Mikey likes it!” or “Warren hated it.” The ideal review puts the work in some sort of context (“It will challenge your sensibilities and make you rethink vampires. Read Octavia Butlers Fedgling …”), and so on. The elements of a good review’s analysis include plot, pacing, craftsmanship, characters, etc, and also whether all these elements, good or bad, evolve into a cohesive and entertaining work that Gray Sky Podcast’s listeners might want to check out. The point of all this is that you shouldn’t just tell us the work was fun or stupid or good or bad. You have to tell us why it worked, or didn’t work. It’s harder than you might think, but once you start approaching material in this way, it’s a lot of fun, and deeply rewarding. It is all part of learning how to think critically.
7. Smarter audiences, make for smarter film – Warren Etheredge