Archive for Announcements

For Your Consideration


In our first 2016 metacast, we present the Escape Artists (EA) stories that ran in 2015, which are eligible in the upcoming Hugo nomination season.

A quick plug. For us. All four EA shows – PodCastle, Pseudopod, Escape Pod and Cast of Wonders – are themselves eligible in the SEMIPROZINE Hugo category.

Not Fancast. Not Fanzine. SEMIPROZINE. Yes, the categories are confusing and often overlap. “Fancast” is traditionally dominated by commentary shows and sketch-based audio programs.

There’s an argument that we could split the shows and compete in multiple categories to increase our chances. We don’t think that benefits anyone. The division is artificial at best, and extremely difficult (at worst) to explain, given all four of our shows have harmonised pay rates and submissions policies. It would smack of gamesmanship, which doesn’t interest us.

Don’t get us wrong, we LOVED seeing PodCastle and Escape Pod on last year’s Hugo long lists, and we’d be honoured for any one of our shows to be a finalist.

But that’s a decision that rests solely in the hands of YOU, our fans and supporters.

(And just a note, Mothership Zeta doesn’t qualify this year because they’re too new.)

Below are links to some aggregation projects, where fans are building lists of those eligible in the various categories. They’re great tools, and we’d like to thank David Steffen for his efforts. We’ll also link to our Wikia page, containing links to all the eligible Escape Artists stories.

Please listen to this MetaCast for the Escape Artists entries!

PodDisc shutting down


After years of great service, Arri and Kimi – who run Poddisc for us – have decided to step away. So PodDisc, our CD fulfilment site, will be shutting down in early February.

That means two things. First, if you’re a PodDisc customer – and we know lots of you are, and thanks for that – now is your last chance to get caught up on any t-shirts or back catalogue you’re missing. PodDisc is happy to take your orders.

Second, for the next little while EA won’t have a fulfilment service. We’ve been looking into different options behind the scenes, both for physical products like t-shirts and prints and swag, and for digital distribution of our back catalog.

(Right now I’m imagining the White House Press Corps right after someone says the words “truth about the Moon Landings.”)

Don’t worry, the EA back catalogue will always be available for free on our websites. Like I said, different options and ideas are in the works, for approaches you’ve not seen before to the retail side of the company. Once we have something to announce, you’ll be the first to know.

Kind regards,

Alasdair Stuart
Owner, Escape Artists

Upcoming Contract Changes


Starting in 2016, PodCastle will make some significant changes to the rights we buy from authors, most notably the purchase of electronic rights to post the text of stories to our website. This is to clear up some ambiguity surrounding the eligibility of stories first published in audio for major awards and Year’s Best anthologies. Since we have begun paying pro rates for original stories, we want to make sure our authors receive the same consideration for these honors as those published at text-based zines.

Please see our Submissions Guidelines for more information, including links to full sample contracts.

Calling All Narrators!


At long last, we’re very excited to announce that PodCastle is now paying our narrators!

Standard rates for solo readings are $15 for flash fiction (<2000 words), and $30 for short stories (2000-6000 words). Rates vary for two-narrator readings, full cast readings, and longer works, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis, by the editors.

Have you ever wanted to narrate for PodCastle? Please head on over to our Narrator Audition Portal, and give us your best voice. We’d love to hear from you!

Those who have narrated for us in the past need not audition again; you’re already in our narrator database, and we’ll contact you directly when we have another reading we might like you to do.