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PodCastle Editorial Announcement and Submissions Update

In January of 2015, editors Dave Thompson and Anna Schwind announced their retirement from PodCastle. New editors Kitty NicIaian and Dawn Phynix were scheduled to take their place in April. While they’ve been hard at work behind the scenes for the last few months, they’re unfortunately no longer able to take the helm at PodCastle as previously planned. We wish them all the best as they move on to new adventures.

In their place, Dave and Anna have tapped Rachael K. Jones and Graeme Dunlop as the new co-editors of PodCastle.

Rachael K. Jones is a PodCastle author, occasional guest host, and longtime fan. Since 2013, she served as Escape Pod’s Submissions Editor. She is excited for the opportunity to carry on Podcastle’s tradition of excellent, diverse fantasy fiction alongside Graeme.

Graeme Dunlop has been formally associated with Escape Artists since March 2011, starting with Pseudopod as Audio Producer. He’s an avid fan of PodCastle and has hugely enjoyed narrating there on a regular basis. Since February 2014 he has assisted as PodCastle Associate Editor. He looks forward to working with Rachael to continue bringing high-quality fantasy to the ‘Castle’s many fans.

PodCastle submissions will be temporarily closed during April while the upcoming schedule is arranged. We’re unable to proceed with the the previously scheduled quarterly themed anthology, but all open submissions will be read, considered, and responded to before we reopen for new submissions.

Have any questions? Graeme and Rachael can be reached at editor@podcastle.org.

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Changes: Rates and Online Submission Manager

Beginning February 20, Podcastle is using an online submission manager to streamline the submission and acceptance process and improve communications with authors and among our editors. The submission page includes guidelines for the current submission call and our current rates.

We will no longer accept submissions by email after 2/20/15, but please be assured that our editors will read and respond to any story that is already in our system – you do not need to resubmit!

Speaking of rates: Podcastle rates are increasing to 6 cents per word for original fiction and 2 cents per word for reprints. We hope authors are as excited by this as we are! Flash fiction (under 1000 words) remains a flat $20 per piece.

We are very excited by these changes, and expect that they will be of benefit to our authors – and listeners!

 

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For Your Consideration: PodCastle Award Eligibility 2015

Thanks so much for listening to PodCastle. Since it’s a new year, we wanted to make you aware of what stories we ran in 2014 that are eligible for awards. Below you’ll find a list of our stories, along with where they were originally published.

Additionally, PodCastle is eligible for Best Fancast Hugo Award!

Thanks so much for your consideration.

“Saving Bacon” by Ann Leckie, narrated by Alasdair Stuart (A PodCastle Original)

“La Madre del Oro” by Jeffrey Ford, narrated by Phil Gigante ( Originally published in Dead Man’s Hand)

“Enginesong” by Nathaniel Lee, (Originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

“Bee Yard” by Cole Bucciaglia, narrated by Sue Brophy (Originally published in Timber Journal)

“The Meaning of Love” by Daniel Abraham, narrated by M.K. Hobson (Originally published in Rogues)

“Drowning in Sky” by Julia August, narrated by Abra Staffin-Wiebe (Originally published in Fantasy Magazine‘s Women Destroy Fantasy!)

“The Wine” by MC Wagner, narrated by C.S.E. Cooney (A PodCastle Original)

“I Wrung it in a Weary Land” by Kenneth Schneyer, narrated by Dave Thompson (A PodCastle Original)

“The Rag Man Mulls Down the Day” by Amal El-Mohtar, narrated by Marguerite Croft (A PodCastle Original)

“Zeraquesh in Absentia” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, narrated by Amal El-Mohtar (Originally published in The Dark)

“The Dolphin” by Dave Bishop, narrated by Joe Scalora (A PodCastle Original)

“Why I Bought Satan Two Cokes on the Day I Graduated High School” by Nathaniel Lee, narrated by Dave Thompson (Originally Published in U.F.O. 3)

“Burying the Coin” by Setsu Uzume, narrated by Amanda Fitzwater (A PodCastle Original)

“Days of Rain” By Rachael K. Jones, narrated by Cat Rambo (A PodCastle Origianl)

“Help Summon the Most Holy Folded One!” by Harry Connolly, narrated by a full cast (Help Fund My Robot Army! and Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects)

“Elf Employment” by Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt, narrated by Wilson Fowlie (A PodCastle Original)

“The Problem With Other Worlds” by Nick Scorza, narrated by Dave Thompson (A PodCastle Original)

“Makeisha in Time” by Rachael K Jones, narrated by K. Tempest Bradford (originally published in Crossed Genres)

And we’ve got a couple more stories coming out soon:

The Sea City Six: Where are they Now?  By Jenn Reese, narrated by Mur Lafferty, originally published in Flytrap.

“The Testimony of Samuel Frobisher Regarding Events Upon His Majesty’s Ship CONFIDENCE 14-22 June, 1818, with Diagrams”, Ian Tregillis, narrated by Ian Stuart (Originally published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)

Editors’ Note: Many thanks to David Steffen at Diabolical Plots for helping us organize the above the list.

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PodCastle 345: Makeisha In Time

by Rachael K. Jones

Read by K. Tempest Bradford

Originally published in Crossed Genres, Issue #20, August 2014. Read it here!

Makeisha has always been able to bend the fourth dimension, though no one believes her. She has been a soldier, a sheriff, a pilot, a prophet, a poet, a ninja, a nun, a conductor (of trains and symphonies), a cordwainer, a comedian, a carpetbagger, a troubadour, a queen, and a receptionist. She has shot arrows, guns, and cannons. She speaks an extinct Ethiopian dialect with a perfect accent. She knows a recipe for mead that is measured in aurochs horns, and with a katana, she is deadly.

Her jumps happen intermittently. She will be yanked from the present without warning, and live a whole lifetime in the past. When she dies, she returns right back to where she left, restored to a younger age. It usually happens when she is deep in conversation with her boss, or arguing with her mother-in-law, or during a book club meeting just when it is her turn to speak. One moment, Makeisha is firmly grounded in the timeline of her birth, and the next, she is elsewhere. Elsewhen.

Makeisha has seen the sun rise over prehistoric shores, where the ocean writhed with soft, slimy things that bore the promise of dung beetles, Archeopteryx, and Edgar Allan Poe. She has seen the sun set upon long-forgotten empires. When Makeisha skims a map of the continents, she sees a fractured Pangaea. She never knows where she will jump next, or how long she will stay, but she is never afraid. Makeisha has been doing this all her life.

Rated R.  Contains violence.

Editors’ Note: Please hang out after the episode for an announcement from Dave and Anna. Additionally, you can check out Dave’s blog here.

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