Pod Together

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Name: Pod Together
Date(s): 2011-
Moderator(s): Paraka, podklb, Shmaylor
Founder: Paraka, podklb
Type: podfic, fanfiction
Fandom: multifandom
Associated Community: livejournal, Archived version; dreamwidth
URL: AO3 Collection
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Pod Together is an annual podficcing challenge, founded by Paraka and podklb. It is subtitled A collaboration challenge for writers and podficcers. It has communities on both Livejournal and Dreamwidth, and a collection on Archive of Our Own. Podfics are hosted at Paraka's archive, Paraka Productions. Meta about the process is encouraged.

From the profile:

Welcome to pod_together (also mirrored on Livejournal, twitter and tumblr)! A challenge where writers and podficcers join together to create awesome projects - the writer writing something specifically to be podficced, and the podficcer recording it.

Why are we doing this?

Reason One: A lot of podfic meta talks about the connection between podfic acting and TV or movie acting. But there haven't been many stories written specifically for podfic before. This challenge will give us a chance to take that analogy a step further, and also dispel some of the sense that podfic is nothing but a format shift for stories intended to be read on paper.

Reason Two: We think it will be a fun and interesting challenge for writers to write something specifically meant to be performed. For podficcers, the interesting challenge will be figuring out how to adapt to this format and bring the story to life.[1]

The challenge was inspired by the 2011 Spring Fling podfic anthology.


The minimum length for fanworks is 1000 words or 10 minutes of audio. Podfics should be in mp3 format.

See pod_together: 2018 Rules and FAQ, Archived version.


Posting started in July 2011. There were 73 participants, creating 41 projects in 31 different fandoms.[2] Fandoms included Adam Lambert (Musician) (4 works), American Idol RPF (3), Bandom (4), Discworld - Terry Pratchett (1), Glee (3), Gunless (2010) (1 work), Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling (3), Hawaii Five-0 (2010) (2 works), His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (1), Inception (2010) (2 works), Jennifer's Body (2009) (1 work), Kris Allen (Musician) (3), Lost Souls - Poppy Z. Brite (1), Merlin (TV) (1), My Chemical Romance (4), Panic! at the Disco (1), Princess Bride (1987) (1 work), Rapunzel (Fairy Tale) (1), Sherlock (TV) (1), Social Network (2010) (2 works), Stargate Atlantis (5), Stargate SG-1 (1), Supernatural (6), and White Collar (1 work).

The AO3 collection for 2011 can be found here.


Posting started in August 2012. A total of 61 projects were completed.[3]

Fandoms include Adam Lambert (Musician) (2 works), Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (1), The Avengers (2012) (12 works), The Avengers - Ambiguous Fandom (1), Bandom (15 works), Batman Beyond (1), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2), Cain Saga and Godchild (1), Cobra Starship (2), Criminal Minds (1), Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (Album) (1), Doctor Who (1), Doctor Who & Related Fandoms (1), Doctor Who (2005) (2 works), The Dresden Files - All Media Types (1), The Dresden Files - Jim Butcher (2), Empires (1), Fall Out Boy (1), Firefly (1), Glee (1), Good Omens - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (2 works), Good Wife (TV) (1), Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling (2), Inception (2010) (1 work), Iron Man (Movies) (1), KORMAN Gordon - Works (1), Life with Derek (1) Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off (Music Video) (1), Macdonald Hall - Gordon Korman (1), Marvel Cinematic Universe (5), Merlin (TV) (2), Meta - Fandom (1), Music RPF (1), My Chemical Romance (11 works), One Direction (Band) (1), Panic! at the Disco (4), Parks and Recreation (1), Person of Interest (TV) (1), Queen (Band) (1), Sarah Jane Adventures (1), Sherlock (TV) (2), Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms (1), Social Network (2010) (1 work), Stargate Atlantis (1), Supernatural (2), Supernatural RPF (2), Teen Wolf (TV) (4), Thor (Movies) (1), Voltron: Lion Voltron (1), X-Men: First Class (2011) (2 works), and Young Veins (1 work). A collection was set up on the AO3 here.


Posting started in August 2013. A total of 69 projects were completed.[4]


58 projects were completed, not including party favors.[5]






A total of 95 projects were completed. The AO3 collection for 2020 can be found here.

This year had a Filk Broken Telephone challenge organized by carboncopies. Three teams worked simultaneously on writing filk based on the song that came before. A collection was set up on the AO3 here After all the songs were revealed, a live "concert" was held on the podtogether discord where people listened simultaneously to recordings or sang their songs live. A recorded version can be found here


The Organization for Transformative Works interviewed klb and paraka about the challenge in 2019: OTW Guest Post: pod_together – Organization for Transformative Works, Archived version.


CDs of the podfics from the 2012 challenge were included in TAMU's Media Fanzine Collection.


  1. ^ pod_together: Profile (accessed 13 July 2014)
  2. ^ All 2011 Projects now Posted! (accessed 2 November 2012)
  3. ^ Debriefing Post (accessed 2 November 2012)
  4. ^ pod_together: Pod_together 2013 Wrap-Up Post, Archived version, posted to dreamwidth Sep. 7th, 2013.
  5. ^ pod_together: Posting Schedule, Archived version, posted to dreamwidth Aug. 8th, 2014.