Snap Judgment's Call for Stories . . .

Snap Judgment, "Storytelling, with a BEAT" is calling for stories!

Snap rocks character and producer narrated, dramatic, first-person stories that air on over 160 NPR stations (and growing) nationwide.  Snap stories are heavily produced with music and sound design and need not have a news hook.  Distributed by PRX and NPR, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, pay scale is on par with other national radio programs.

The best Snap stories allow listeners to understand the world from the perspective of the protagonist.  We start strong, often with a premise that describes the dilemma.  Snap digs stories that bob and weave, dance, take listeners someplace unexpected.  And we want the ending to grab audiences by the throat.  (NO WISHY WASHY ENDINGS!) 

Snap Judgment seeks stories told from a points of view often under-represented on-air, particularly stories told by folks from marginalized communities, international stories, or off-the-beaten-path.


(Give us great stories and we'll worry about sound design later.  Of course, if you have sound incorporated into the telling - all the better! )

To hear what we’re talking about, please listen to a show.  Any show . . .

Submit brief story ideas to

Upcoming Episodes Include:

  • Spaceman

Stories about NASA, space camp, life on mars, marrying the rocketman, finding a piece of shuttle in your swimming pool, crashing down to earth or inventing astronaut ice-cream.  Examples include the story of a man building his own spacecraft, and a NASA pilot in trouble.

  • Infestation

Stories about bugs, insects and things that crawl into your sleeping bag at night. Has an insect taken over your life?  Are you the owner of a pet millipede, attacked by ants in central Africa or bitten by a scorpion?  Did a spider bite give you super-powers?  Did you find your way home in a Malaria-induced fever hallucination?  Examples include a love story based on a termite infestation, a flying Japanese cockroach and accidentally jumping into a pool of spiders.

  • Cheaters

This one speaks for itself--stories getting something unfairly.  Cheating in love, sports, school, or work.  Cheating the system, cheating the man, cheating yourself or cheating death, it's wide open folks!

  • Villains

Stories about the bad guy, or good people forced to do bad things.  Confronting an evil first grade teacher, escaping a brutal island kingdom, hatching a plan with a criminal mastermind, getting your ex-lover fired, or having coffee with a warlord.  Examples include the stories of a rebel-leader turned taxi driver, a toxic polluter giving local residents cancer, and the discovery of medical malfeasance.

  • Big Poppa

This is our father's day episode and we want stories about dads.  Becoming a dad unexpectedly, losing a dad, finding a dad, shoving a dad off a cliff. Examples include one father saving his daughter from religious persecution and a father's dying wish for a bowling game.


  • The Wiz

Stories with a Wizard of Oz theme. Think creatively, not just searches for brain, heart and courage, but stories about going home, emerald cities, fake wizards, good witches, tornadoes and your little dog too. Examples include the story of a heart transplant recipient experiencing the memories of his donor.

Thanks so much for considering the Snap.
  If you remain unclear on what Snap Judgment is looking for, please check out the "Is Your Story Right For Snap Judgment Flowchart."


Peace and soul,