Firewords Podcast

Firewords Podcast
The creative writing podcast of fiery fiction & poetry

S02E06: Creepy & Unnerving - Dan’s Pick
Sep 30 • 5 min
Sleep Warbler, by Simon Lowe, is Dan’s Issue 11 pick. Here, he explains how it explores the theme of Power in a disturbing, yet entertaining, way.
S02E05: Heartwarming & Poignant - Jen’s Pick
Sep 16 • 4 min
Jen picks a memorable piece from Issue 11. Little Jacques and the Bad Man, by Audrey Kalman, has stayed with her since she first read it during the submission round. Here, she discusses why.
S02E04: Great Writing That Doesn’t Get Published
Sep 9 • 5 min
We take a look at writing that could easily have been included in Firewords but which, for many reasons outwith the writer’s control, we have had to reject.
S02E03: Know Where To Send Your Work
Sep 2 • 6 min
Linked to our previous article, Know What An Editor Wants Without Stalking Them, this episode will help you to target your work most effectively - and save you time in the process.
S02E02: Fragments Revisited
Aug 25 • 5 min
Here, we take a look at continuing problems with the misuse of fragments. Check out the accompanying article at
S02E01: Back for a new season!
Aug 25 • 4 min
An introduction to the new season of our podcasts, which will all come in short, five minute chunks.
Bonus Story Episode: Curiosity, CO
Jan 10 • 17 min
While we’re taking a break from recording new podcast episodes, here’s a story from Issue 10.
018: The Editing Process
Jul 24, 2018 • 15 min
Writing is only a tiny part of the battle – editing is where the true magic happens, but it can be hard to maintain the motivation to keep refining once the first draft is done. In today’s episode we discuss this process and why it can be such a…
Bonus Story Episode: The Wasp and the Willow
Jul 17, 2018 • 12 min
It’s been a little while since we had a new episode of the podcast because we’ve been busy getting Issue 10 finished. To bridge the gap between episodes we thought it’d be fun to share the audiobook recording of a story from a previous issue. We’ll be…
017: Balancing Writing and Real Life
May 30, 2018 • 12 min
One of the biggest struggles for writers these days is actually finding the time to write. We’re all leading busier lives with more distractions than ever, so how is it even possible to find the right balance? In this episode, we tackle this topic in…
016: Answering your questions
Apr 23, 2018 • 15 min
This episode is a little different because we answer some listener questions. We received some great #AskAnEditor questions and had fun trying our best to answer them. What do we wish submitters would stop doing? Would we recommend starting your own…
015: Why you need a submission strategy
Mar 26, 2018 • 12 min
It’s submission time at Firewords (until 29th March!), which seems like a good time to share some tips for submitting to us and other publications. Jen shares her 3-step submission strategy that ensures she sends her writing out regularly.
014: Unexpected Perspectives
Mar 1, 2018 • 16 min
We explore the idea of perspectives in writing and how they can make or break a story. We also have some excellent examples for you from Firewords 9!
013: Poetry that moves us
Jan 11, 2018 • 11 min
The first podcast of 2018 focuses on poetry and how we believe you can get a true emotional reaction from your reader. We don’t take an analytical look at poetic techniques, but rather step back to consider how writing should be approached in the first…
012: A look back at 2017
Dec 5, 2017 • 14 min
In this end-of-year wrap up episode, we look back at what we achieved in 2017 and what we’ve got planned for the future. We also talk about Issue 9 of the magazine, which is about to be released! Finally we discuss the NaNoWriMo challenge that took place…
011: Are you guilty of overwriting?
Oct 26, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s episode was inspired by a problem we’ve noticed in a few submissions. It’s also something Jen is struggling with in her own writing: Overwriting. This topic is one we’ve written about before, but we’re discussing it again as it’s an important one.…
010: Final touches before submitting
Sep 29, 2017 • 10 min
As we head into another submission round, we thought it would be a good time to discuss them on the podcast, so today’s episode is all about those final touches before you hit send. We’re back. We’re married. And we’re excited to be podcasting again.…
009: Knowing when to stop
Aug 4, 2017 • 4 min
We’re taking a break from podcasting for the whole of August and this mini update episode explains why (spoiler: one week until the wedding!) We also touch on a problem that a lot of writers experience – feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes you need to…
008: What have you got to lose?
Jul 21, 2017 • 18 min
In this week’s podcast, I keep the topic a surprise from Jen and put her on the spot about what’s holding her back from putting her work out there more. Here are some of the reasons we touch on in this episode. Maybe you can relate to some of them? -…
007: Self-promotion for writers: A necessary evil?
Jul 5, 2017 • 16 min
Writing can be a very solitary activity and a lot of writers would prefer to keep it that way, but putting yourself out there and spreading the word about your work can be extremely rewarding. Self-promotion is often thought of as a dirty term and…
006: What makes a winning story?
May 31, 2017 • 14 min
With Issue 8 fresh off the press, we are excited to be publishing the winners of our visual prompt competition, run in partnership with Bloomsbury and Writers & Artists. Maggie Chiang, illustrator and past-contributor of Firewords, created a wonderful…
005: Why feedback is the secret to improving your writing
May 17, 2017 • 11 min
In this week’s episode, we discuss different ways that you can use feedback – both from Firewords and other sources – to improve your writing on a continual basis. We also have three suggestions on where you can find this elusive feedback. A lot of people…
004: Building a writing habit
Apr 14, 2017 • 16 min
Why is writing consistently so damn hard? Sometimes it feels like life is constantly trying to interfere with getting words on the page. In this episode, we outline of our own creative writing routine and show we are normal human beings; we struggle with…
003: Writing effectively for a set theme or prompt
Mar 22, 2017 • 21 min
Is it possible to write to a theme effectively AND keep your unique writing voice? Hear some excerpts of writing we’ve published and find out why they work so well. We also discuss the pitfalls of trying to force your writing to fit a theme that doesn’t…
002: Submitting your writing
Mar 2, 2017 • 14 min
We take a look at the process of submitting your work to literary magazines. We received almost 900 pieces in our last call for submissions, and have noticed some points that keep cropping up. Some of our tips may help you streamline your process and…
001: An introduction to Firewords
Feb 17, 2017 • 7 min
In this first episode, we introduce ourselves, the Firewords project and what we have planned for this new creative writing podcast.