Archive for Announcements

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.

Special art print for Artemis Rising 2

By now, you’re sure to have heard about Artemis Rising 2! It’s a special month-long event featuring stories by some of the best female and non-binary authors in genre fiction, airing across all the Escape Artists podcasts in February 2016.

We’re very pleased to announce that EA has commissioned a special art print for Artemis Rising 2 by none other than Galen Dara!

Galen likes monsters, mystics, and dead things. She has created art for Uncanny Magazine, 47North publishing, Skyscape Publishing, Fantasy Flight Games, Tyche Books, Fireside Magazine, Lightspeed, Lackington’s, and Resurrection House. She has been nominated for the Hugo, the World Fantasy Award, and the Chesley Award. When Galen is not working on a project you can find her on the edge of the Sonoran Desert, climbing mountains and hanging out with an assortment of human and animal companions. Her website is plus you can find her on Facebook and Twitter @galendara.

Here’s an example of her wonderfully thoughtful pieces, included in the 2015 Spectrum Fantastic Art annual.

Picture by Galen Dara: "A City On It's Tentacles"
Picture by Galen Dara: “A City On It’s Tentacles”

General Submissions Update

Happy October, everyone!

We received a tremendous number of submissions from this year’s Artemis Rising call. Many thanks to everyone who sent us something — the quantity and quality of the stories has been extraordinary. In order to give proper attention to all the submissions we’ve received, we’ll be temporarily closed to new submissions beginning November 1. We expect to reopen our submissions portal in January 2016.

Thank you for your patience! We look forward to reading your stories.


Rachael K. Jones and Graeme Dunlop

PodCastle Co-Editors