What are the Prizes? 

TWO grand prize winners receive:

  • A contract to be cast in a future J.T. Geissinger project produced by Dark Star Romance
  • Recording set-up: state of the art microphone and recording interface
  • Monthly 1 hour mentorship/coaching calls with Troy for 1 yr ($3000 value)
  • Added to Dark Star Romance narrator roster
  • Weekend recording session & seminar with Troy, which includes:
    • All-expense paid trip (hotel, airfare & transport) to Troy’s hometown: St. Louis, MO
    • Recording/Coaching/Mentoring seminar with Troy and the Dark Star team…a full weekend of hands-on learning and strategy including performance coaching, technical training, and business advice…plus anything else you want to ask!
    • Dinner with the Durans at a great restaurant

What is the Timeline? 

The Next Dark Star contest will run for about 13 weeks, from April 1st until early July, 2024.  The general structure and approximate timeline is below:

  • Initial Submissions  ~2 Weeks
  • Meet Your Top 26 ~2 weeks
  • Challenge #1 – eliminate 11, down to Top 16  ~2 weeks
  • Challenge #2 – eliminate 5, down to Top 11 ~2 weeks
  • Challenge #3 – eliminate 4, down to Top 6 ~2 weeks
  • Challenge #4 – eliminate 2, down to Top 4 ~2 weeks
  • LIVE FINALE – the Top 4 read live to determine our NEXT DARK STARS!

Who is Eligible? 

  • You must be 18 or over to enter
  • No narration experience necessary
  • If you are a working narrator, you must have 20 books or less published as a narrator as of April 1, 2024.
  • Must have some level of tech/equipment to provide professional sounding audio
  • Must commit to:
    • Participating in challenges. The challenges will start around the beginning of May and conclude in early July. Eliminations will occur with each challenge. Some challenges will include attending recorded mentoring sessions with acclaimed Narrators or Authors. Clips from mentoring sessions may be used for promotional material for the contest and to promote YOU.
    • Posting your Challenge Submissions on your TikTok; and tagging @DarkStarCon, AND#TheNextDarkStar24, #DarkStarCon,
  • When you sign up, you agree that Dark Star can use your name/videos/images for promotional material

Who can I contact if I have a question?

If you have any questions about the competition, please email branden@darkstarromance.com