38 episodes

The Mash Stories Podcast showcased stories from our competition's shortlist. It no longer posts new episodes, but please enjoy some stories from our archives!

Our writers take three unlikely words and turn them into an absorbing tale of 500 words. The winners receive $100, also payable in bitcoin.

Mash Stories also offers a blog filled with tips for setting your pen to paper in the first place. We provide a podcast that narrates all of our competitions’ shortlisted stories.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

The Mash Stories Podcast showcased stories from our competition's shortlist. It no longer posts new episodes, but please enjoy some stories from our archives!

Our writers take three unlikely words and turn them into an absorbing tale of 500 words. The winners receive $100, also payable in bitcoin.

Mash Stories also offers a blog filled with tips for setting your pen to paper in the first place. We provide a podcast that narrates all of our competitions’ shortlisted stories.

    FINALE: Sparked Memories by Elizabeth E. Toole

    FINALE: Sparked Memories by Elizabeth E. Toole

    This is the final episode of the Mash Stories podcast. Thank you for listening! You can keep the stories coming at http://mashstories.com or have a nostalgic listening binge at http://mashstories.com/podcast.

    Thanks to all of our talented narrators, and to the authors for sending us such a feast of stories to broadcast.

    "Sparked Memories", written by Elizabeth E. Toole and narrated by Elisa Berkeley, was inspired by the keywords "Halloween", "common" and "missile".

    Can you mash three randomly assigned words into a story of 500 words or fewer? The Mash Challenge isn't going anywhere, so get writing!

    • 4 min
    The Only Sure Thing by John McElhinney

    The Only Sure Thing by John McElhinney

    "Carlos lies flat on his back, flailing at the sucking hole in his face. I reached for him and grabbed his webbing. As I pulled him, a pinprick of light flashed from the hill. The bullet knocked my helmet off and I fell back, dragging my friend to safety."

    "The Only Sure Thing", written by John McElhinney and narrated by Joe Biedrzycki, was inspired by the keywords "vinegar", "carpenter" and "taxes".

    Can you mash three randomly assigned words into a story of 500 words or fewer? Take the Mash Challenge at http://mashstories.com.

    • 4 min
    The Interns by Anthony Emecheta

    The Interns by Anthony Emecheta

    "Maryleen and Derek were among the interns undergoing training for a chance to get absorbed into the Nigerian Television Authority. Before their departure for street practical, their trainer revealed to them that the team that returned with the best news coverage gets the job."

    "The Interns", written by Anthony Emecheta and narrated by Elisa Berkeley, was inspired by the keywords "congress", "art" and "jealousy".

    Can you mash three randomly assigned words into a story of 500 words or fewer? Take the Mash Challenge at http://mashstories.com.

    • 4 min
    Straight To The Top by L.J. Kelley

    Straight To The Top by L.J. Kelley

    "Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall, ninety-nine bottles of beer, if one of those bottles should happen to fall…ninety-eight bottles of beer on the wall…. It was an art form, really. She occupied herself not with the motions themselves, but with the lyrics. The “good ol\’ boys” song seemed fitting somehow, in the dank basement corner of the Library of Congress."

    "Straight to the Top", written by L.J. Kelley and narrated by Elisa Berkeley, was inspired by the keywords "art", "congress" and "jealousy".

    Can you mash three randomly assigned words into a story of 500 words or fewer? Take the Mash Challenge at http://mashstories.com.

    • 4 min
    Playback by Conor Yunits

    Playback by Conor Yunits

    "James burst from the basement, grinning like a toddler who’s learned to speak. 'I’ve done it!' In his hand he clutched a small black box, with a large conical microphone on one end and a wire connected to a small speaker on the other."

    "Playback", written by Conor Yunits and narrated by Duncan Stripp, was inspired by the keywords "mug", "converter" and "happiness". It also happens to be the winner of the tenth Mash Stories Competition!

    Can you mash three randomly assigned words into a story of 500 words or fewer? Take the Mash Challenge at http://mashstories.com.

    • 5 min
    I Make Things by Gregory K. Shipman

    I Make Things by Gregory K. Shipman

    "'I make things.' My mother hated it whenever I said that. The dude next to me on the puke green bus stop bench nods."

    "I Make Things", written by Gregory K. Shipman and narrated by Joe Biedrzycki, was inspired by the keywords "taxes", "vinegar" and "carpenter".

    Can you mash three randomly assigned words into a story of 500 words or fewer? Take the Mash Challenge at http://mashstories.com.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

awayken ,

Short and Sweet

This is one of the more unique podcasts that I regularly listen to. Each episode is the reading of a short story shortlisted by the Mash Stories competition, so you get a wonderful variety of genres, plots and voices. The short stories are all really short, so it’s easy to listen to a bunch of Mash episodes in a row, or to work them into your weekly listening schedule. What’s not to love?

mnach ,

Wonderful Stories, Wonderful Voice Acting

I’ve always loved the print stories on the Mash Stories site, and now I have more to love. The podcasts add dynamism to the tales without undermining the imagination. The artists behind the voice acting are skilled and professional.

KKearns ,

Great every week

This podcast is always a surprise - you never know what Mash Story will come up next! The stories are professionally performed and a pleasure to listen to. Mash Stories truly is a competition with a community soul.

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