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Flash Fiction Contest 4: Bloodlines

The original paraphernalia for the Flash Fiction Contest had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Stuart, the oldest man in town, was born. Mr. Lieberman spoke frequently to the forum members about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as little tradition as was represented by the black box. There was a story that the present box had been made with some pieces of the box that had preceded it, the one that had been constructed when the first people settled down to make a village here.

Mr. Garrett and his oldest son, Nick, hold the black box securely on the stool until Mr. Lieberman can stir the papers thoroughly with his hand. Because so much of the ritual had been forgotten or discarded, Mr. Lieberman had been successful in having slips of paper substituted for the chips of wood that had been used for generations. Chips of wood, Mr. Lieberman had argued, had been all very well when the village was tiny, but now that the population was more than three hundred and likely to keep on growing, it was necessary to use something that would fit more easily into the black box.

The fourth incarnation of the Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest is coming. Pseudopod is leading the charge this time. Every author may submit up to two original stories of 500 words or less for consideration. Submissions are open now until September 15. Head to Pseudopod’s special Submittable portal to exercise your civic duty in the lottery.

The competition will begin in October 2015. The three winning stories will be purchased and run as an episode of Pseudopod. Payment will be $30 so this will be considered a pro sale. Stories will be published on a members-only section of the forums, so first publication rights will not be expended by participating in the contest. It’s easy to be become a member. Sign up for a forum account and make a single post so we know you’re not a bot. This is a good thread to start with. From there, all the pertinent details will be posted under “The Arcade”. Visit forum.escapeartists.net for rules and details.

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Call for Submissions: Artemis Rising II

During the month of September, PodCastle is looking for submissions to celebrate ARTEMIS RISING, a special month-long event across all three Escape Artists podcasts featuring stories by some of the best female and nonbinary authors in genre fiction.

For ARTEMIS RISING, PodCastle is looking to fill the entire month with original fantasy fiction. Payment will be $.06 per word.

Our sister podcasts are also taking original submissions for the event. Please visit Escape Pod for science fiction, and PseudoPod for horror.

Who Can Submit

Anyone who identifies as a woman, to whatever degree that they do. Nonbinary authors are also  welcome and encouraged to submit stories.

As always, we at PodCastle strongly encourage submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional fantasy fiction, including, but not limited to, people of color, LGBTQ authors, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States.  Our goal is to publish fantasy that reflects the diversity of the human race, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.

What to Submit

Send in your best original fantasy fiction between 2,000 – 6,000 words.

You can send PodCastle one submission for ARTEMIS RISING. If we have another story under consideration already in the general submissions queue, we’d be happy to consider an additional story for ARTEMIS RISING.

We do accept simultaneous submissions, with one exception: while you’re welcome to submit to all three ARTEMIS RISING calls (Escape Pod for science fiction and PseudoPod for horror), please don’t send the same story to more than one ARTEMIS RISING call at a time. Wait until you receive an answer, and then feel free to submit it to another Escape Artists call, if appropriate.

While we’ll be accepting a limited number of stories for ARTEMIS RISING, all stories will be considered for regular PodCastle too.

How to Submit

Start writing now, and keep an eye out for a special ARTEMIS RISING Submittable portal. Submissions will be open for the month of September 2015.

Please reference our usual submission guidelines for formatting.

Thanks, and we look forward to reading your stories!

Graeme Dunlop and Rachael K. Jones, Editors

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Guest Co-Editor

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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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