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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!

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General Submissions Update

Many thanks to everyone who sent us their work so far in 2017—we’ve received a record number of submissions this year, and we’re truly impressed with the quality of the stories we’ve seen. In order to give proper attention to the stories in the queue, and to give the castle staff a much needed mid-year rest, we will be closing to submissions on June 1, 2017. So, waste no time in sending us your incredible fantasy fiction! We will reopen our submissions portal in July 2017.

All the Best,

Jen R. Albert and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
PodCastle Co-Editors

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EA Metacast, January 2017

In our first 2017 metacast, we present the Escape Artists (EA) stories that ran in 2016 that are eligible in the upcoming nomination season.

PodCastle’s Award Eligible stories from 2016 are all listed below. Give the metacast a listen and visit our sister podcasts Escape Pod, Pseudopod, Cast of Wonders, and our sister magazine Mothership Zeta to check out their award eligible fiction too!

 

Originals

The Wedding of Snow, Earth, and Salt” by Kate Heartfield

In the Woods Behind My House” by Nicolette Barischoff

The Color of Regret” by Carrie Patel

Opals and Clay” by Nino Cipri

Send in the Ninjas” by Michelle Ann King

Territory” by Julie Steinbacher

Beat Softly, My Wings of Steel” by Beth Cato

Tumbleweeds and Little Girls” by Jeff Bowles

Hands of Burnished Bronze” by Rebecca Schwarz

For Honor, For Waste” by Setsu Uzume

Responsibility Descending” by G. Scott Huggins

Communion” by Jei D. Marcade

Archibald Defeats the Churlish Shark-Gods” by Benjamin Blattberg

James and Peter, Fishing” by Anaea Lay

The Bee Tamer’s Final Performance” by Aidan Doyle

Mirabilis” by Shannon Peavey

Sweeter than Lead” Benjamin C. Kinney

Madame Félidé Elopes” by by K. A. Teryna translated by Anatoly Belilovsky

Wolfy Things” by Erin Roberts

The Beautiful Bird Sits No Longer Singing in the Nest” by Kate Lechler

How to Survive in Room 105” by T. Jane Berry

The Ghost Years” by Nghi Vo

Telling Stories” by Sandra M. Odell

Gaps of Joy, and a Knot for Love” by S. B. Divya

Green Girl” by Erica Ruppert

Dragon Fancy” by Leigh Wallace

The Seventh Year” by Alexandra Balasa

Chatter the Teeth” by Kurt Hunt

It’s a Wonderful Carol” by Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt

Shaina Rubin Keeps Her Head Under Circumstances Nobody Could Have Expected” by Rebecca Fraimow

 

Reprints

This Is Not a Wardrobe Door” by A. Merc Rustad, originally published at Fireside

The Men from Narrow Houses” by A. C. Wise, originally published at Liminal Stories

Braid of Days and Wake of Nights” by E. Lily Yu, originally published in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Thundergod in Therapy” by Effie Seiberg, originally published in Galaxy’s Edge

Lapis Lazuli” by Tania Fordwalker, originally in ASIM

Girl in Blue Dress (1881)” by Sunil Patel, originally published in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

Squalor and Sympathy” by Matt Dovey, originally published in Writers of the Future Volume 32

Love Letters on the Nightmare Sea” by Rachael K. Jones, originally published in Flash Fiction Online

In Mixcoatl’s Net” by Charlie Allison

The Rock in the Water” by Thoriya Dyer, originally published in PoC Destroy Fantasy

Further Arguments in Support of Yudah Cohen’s Proposal to Bluma Zilberman” by Rebecca Fraimow, originally published in Diabolical Plots

 

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PodCastle Submissions Reopening

Travel between the worlds is again possible—our submissions portal has appeared once more! It wants your best fantasy tales, so if you have a short story you’d like us to read, please take a look at our guidelines then visit our submissions portal to submit. We accept both original fiction and reprints under 6,000 words.

We’re looking forward to reading your work.

Best,

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert, PodCastle Co-Editors

and the editorial team

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