London’s Gatwick Airport is offering a rather unusual opportunity for children’s book authors: they’re looking for stories to record and offer via their new Soundcloud service, and anyone is free to submit samples for consideration.
The idea is that authors can send in an unpublished story that would take between 5 and 30 minutes to read. The airport will pick one story per week, record it, and offer it to people using their terminals. There’s no money in it, but the airport receives more than 30m visitors every year so just one week could see a story being offered to more than half a million people.
You can find out more about the program at the airport’s Tumblr page (which has a rather fiddly and annoying layout, IMHO). Authors maintain full copyright of their work if they are selected to be recorded. There’s no word about the criteria that are used, but the offer is currently only for children’s books. It doesn’t say that you have to be British to enter.