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Aleksandra Hill, Kanika Agrawal, Rowan Morrison, Zhui Ning Chang, Isabella Kestermann, and Sachiko Ragosta

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Coming soon: excerpt of Liar, Dreamer, Thief and an interview with its author, Maria Dong!

Interview with Naseem Jamnia
Questions by Aleksandra Hill

Excerpt: The Bruising of Qilwa
Out from Tachyon Publications

Fiction
Bride of the Gulf
Danai Christopoulou
 

Mothership Connection
Melissa A. Watkins

D. K. Lawhorn
 
Phong Quan
 
 
Simo Srinivas
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Voice Actors

We are currently open to auditions for Issue 2.4!

Who are we?

khōréō is a new quarterly magazine of speculative fiction. We are dedicated to diversity and elevating the voices of immigrant and diaspora authors. Our stories include fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it.

Who are you?

We are looking for narrators to add to our roster of voices for the audio versions of short stories published in our magazine. We especially encourage applicants who identify as immigrant/diaspora voice actors (defined in the broadest sense of the term; more details here) and we are committed to matching stories and voices actors who resonate with the identity of the pieces they are voicing. We are especially interested in hearing from voice actors from underrepresented communities.

No experience is necessary, but please list any relevant experiences or attach a CV. This doesn’t have to be voice work specifically; any storytelling, theatre, or similar experience is useful to flag. We are looking for people who are confident in their ability to record reasonable audio, with a dedicated USB or XLR podcasting mic and the ability to find a quiet, soundproofed space to record. We’re very happy to accommodate and assist with this during recording. We will be listening for the quality of recordings in each audition tape, but we aren’t expecting studio-quality equipment.

Payment

These projects are paid at industry-standard rates for audiobook narration ($250 PFH*). Payment will depend on the final length of the piece and is calculated at the end of production.

All single-narrator stories, regardless of word count, pay a minimum of $30. Tiered minimum rates based on higher word counts are as follows:

Word Count Minimum Payment
> 2,000 words $55
> 3,000 words $83
> 4,000 words $111

For full-cast recordings, actors for major characters are paid a minimum of $15; actors for minor characters are paid a minimum of $5.

* khōréō does all clean-up, editing and mastering in-house, so voice actors are asked to submit raw recordings only

Audition process

  • Include your name and pronouns at the beginning of the audition tape.
  • For targeted calls, record the lines corresponding to the role you’re auditioning for (up to two takes per line).
    • Please refer to our casting document here to see all available roles for Issue 2.4.
  • For general calls, choose a piece from a pro-rate speculative fiction market and record an extract between 1-5 minutes in length.

How to apply

Accessibility

We are keen to open this casting call to voice actors with access needs. Please email us at [email protected] and CC [email protected] if there is any way we can accommodate your application, or if you have questions or concerns.

Deadline

Audition deadlines are listed in the casting document for each issue, linked above.

For calls for specific backgrounds, submissions will be considered on a rolling basis until we find the right person unless otherwise specified, so the sooner you submit, the better.

We are currently closed to general auditions. Keep an eye on khōréō’s social media to hear about open calls in the future!

Awards & Honors

khōréō’s first issue was published in February 2021. Since then, we have gone on to receive some of the highest industry awards and honors, in addition to excellent reviews across the board. Help us keep publishing fantastic work by subscribing or donating today.

Awards

2022 IGNYTE Award
Fiction Podcast 

2022 Shirley Jackson Award, Short Story
“You’ll Understand When You’re a Mom Someday” by Isabel J. Kim (link)

"Best of" Anthologies

The Year’s Best Fantasy, vol. 2
“Phoenix Tile” by Guan Un (link)

2022 Brave New Weird Anthology
“Skin” by Isha Karki (link)
“Banhus” by M. E. Bronstein (link)

2022 Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 
“The Frankly Impossible Weight of Han” by Maria Dong (link)

Nominations, Shortlists, & Longlists

2022 Brave New Weird Shortlist
“Tomatoes” by Eugenia Triantafyllou (link)
“Skin” by Isha Karki (link)
“The Scumbling” by J. C. Changmore (link)
“Banhus” by M. E. Bronstein (link)

2022 IGNYTE Award Finalist 
Community Award

2022 Hugo Awards Longlist
Best Semiprozine

2021 BSFA Award Longlist, Short Fiction
“Sorry We Missed You!” by Aun-Juli Riddle (link)