How to pitch a story

The Story Collider is always looking for new and exciting true, personal ten-minute stories about science in cities around the U.S. and the U.K.! If you would like to tell a story at one of our shows, we would love to hear from you! Send a two-to-three-paragraph summary of your story idea to stories@storycollider.org. Please include your city of residence so we can match you with a show near you.

Some tips for a great Story Collider story:

  1. It must NOT be a lecture. Though we are a science storytelling show, our goal is not to educate our audience, but to build an emotional connection between science and the public. So while each story must contain a significant science element, we ask that you use only as much science as needed for the audience to understand and follow your story. Oh, and no Powerpoint slides!

  2. The story must be about YOU. True, personal stories have the most power when they are about the person telling them! Let us in on your thoughts and feelings so we can go on the journey with you.

  3. The story must have an arc. This means that you, the storyteller, change from the beginning to the end of the story. This change can be big or small -- as momentous as becoming a father or as small as learning to ask for help -- but it has to be there in order for the audience to feel that the story is going somewhere.

  4. Keep in mind that there is a small time commitment involved. Every storyteller works one on one with a Story Collider producer to brainstorm and shape his or her story, and then we typically hold a group rehearsal one to three days before the show.

  5. For examples of stories that our producers have loved, check out our podcast page!

For advice on writing your story, see our tips here.

Note: The Story Collider does not accept pre-recorded submissions for its podcast. All stories on our podcast are recorded live at Story Collider shows.