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Greetings good people,

It is only August and we can definitively say that PodCastle has had a fantastic year in more ways than one.

We ran our third Artemis Rising in March, and showcased some of the best stories by women and non-binary authors. We had our first Eid Special with a fantastic story by Saladin Ahmed. We have added on a bright bunch of new staff. We became a SFWA-qualifying pro rate publication, and we have had a record number of submissions from some very talented writers.

Save for a couple of dates, we’ve also pretty much filled our lineup of stories for the remainder of the year. Because of this, we will be keeping general submissions closed until October. This does not include two specific open calls.

  1. August 13th through 19th we will open submissions for our Halloween special. If you have a story that you think fits, or something you’ve been ruminating over, get to work and send it to us.
  2. Submissions for our fourth Artemis Rising, slated to run March of next year, will be open during the month of September. Artemis Rising 4 will be edited by our magnificent and much beloved assistant editor Setsu Uzume.

Lastly, don’t forget to head on over to the forums to follow the voting for our Flash Fiction IV Contest.

Jen Albert and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, co-editors PodCastle

Artemis Rising 4


During the month of September, PodCastle will be looking for submissions to celebrate ARTEMIS RISING, a special month-long event across the Escape Artists podcasts featuring stories by women and nonbinary authors in genre fiction.

Stepping in as guest editor for our fourth annual ARTEMIS RISING event is PodCastle assistant editor Setsu Uzume!

Summary

  • Payment at $0.06 per word. Please see our general submission guidelines for details of the rights we purchase and our sample contracts.
  • Original stories only.
  • Word count: 2000 6000 words.
  • Submit using Standard Manuscript Format. We accept files in .odt, .rtf, .docx or .doc format (no PDFs).
  • No multiple submissions.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • Submission window runs September 1-30, 2017.

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, LGBTQIA 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 2000 – 6000 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.

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. 

ARTEMIS RISING Q&A

  • Q: If a story has been rejected by PodCastle in the past, can I submit it to PodCastle AR?
  • A: No.
  • Q: If a story has multiple authors, do they all have to meet the AR criteria?
  • A: Yes.
  • Q: If I’ve already submitted an AR story, can I submit another I wrote with a co-author to the same podcast’s AR?
  • A: No.
  • Q: If I have a story on submission to a podcast, can I submit a different story to that podcast’s AR while the first one is still in the queue? Or vice versa?
  • A: Yes.
  • Q: Can I submit a rejected AR story to the same podcast’s non-AR submissions pile?
  • A: No, because AR editors may refer your story to the show’s regular editors at their discretion. Otherwise please take a rejection as a rejection of the story from the venue for all purposes.

 

Thanks, and we look forward to reading your stories!

Jen R Albert, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, and Setsu Uzume, PodCastle Senior Editors

 

 

Submissions Open for the Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest


Throughout the month of June, PodCastle will be accepting entries for this year’s Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest! Every author may submit one original fantasy piece of 500 words or less for consideration, so get your story ready to submit!

The three winning stories will be purchased and run as an episode of PodCastle. 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.

Head on over to our Flash Fiction Contest submittable portal to check out the contest entry rules and to submit your entries. All eligible stories will be posted on the forums in July, when voting will commence.

Best of luck!

Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest IV


The next wave of the fourth incarnation of the Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest is coming, and it’s PodCastle’s turn! The contest will be taking submissions beginning June 1st, 2017 and will be open for one month, closing on June 30th. Every author may submit one original story of 500 words or less for consideration, so take out your quill and dust off your tome and get your story ready to submit!

The three winning stories will be purchased and run as an episode of PodCastle. 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. In fact, you can head on over to the forums and do that right now! All the pertinent details and rules will be posted under “The Arcade” section of the forums.

Check back here in June for links to the contest forums and the Submittable portal where you can upload your contest entries. Best of luck to everyone participating!