The Writers' Block

About The Writers' Block

The Writers' Block is a weekly reading series featuring stories, essays and poetry by all kinds of writers -- from accomplished beginners to established authors. The program includes all genres, from fiction and non-fiction to poetry and plays.


Producer: Emmanuel Hapsis
Creator: Mark Taylor
Director of Operations: Monty Carlos
Engineers: Howard Gelman and Ceil Muller

The Writers' Block is a weekly podcast produced by KQED and distributed through NPR. To submit your work for consideration, please follow the guidelines below.


Q: What kind of work is The Writers' Block looking for?'s audience is made up primarily of 25-40 year olds, and our program is meant to appeal to a technically-savvy, younger listener. As such, the work should be fun, intelligent, and edgy. Segments run an average of 10 minutes. When selecting your work for The Writers' Block, please keep the length requirements as well as our audience in mind. In addition, your selection should provide as complete a listening experience as possible. We are partial to short stories or short, self-contained excerpts from books (no cliffhangers). We also like poem cycles -- collections of poems that fit together and explore a particular theme. We welcome all genres, fiction and non-fiction.

Q: What's the submission procedure?

Send a copy of your piece via email to:
Emmanuel Hapsis
Producer || Arts & Culture
writersblock at

You may also send hard copies via snail mail to:
Emmanuel Hapsis
Producer || Arts & Culture
KQED Interactive
2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

If you send a book, please be sure to clearly mark the selection or selections you would like considered.

Due to the heavy influx of submission, we unfortunately cannot respond to each one, but, if your submission is accepted, you can count on hearing from us within a few months!

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