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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

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.

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!

 

For Your Consideration: PodCastle Award Eligibility 2015


Thanks so much for listening to PodCastle. Since it’s a new year, we wanted to make you aware of what stories we ran in 2014 that are eligible for awards. Below you’ll find a list of our stories, along with where they were originally published.

Additionally, PodCastle is eligible for Best Fancast Hugo Award!

Thanks so much for your consideration.

“Saving Bacon” by Ann Leckie, narrated by Alasdair Stuart (A PodCastle Original)

“La Madre del Oro” by Jeffrey Ford, narrated by Phil Gigante ( Originally published in Dead Man’s Hand)

“Enginesong” by Nathaniel Lee, (Originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

“Bee Yard” by Cole Bucciaglia, narrated by Sue Brophy (Originally published in Timber Journal)

“The Meaning of Love” by Daniel Abraham, narrated by M.K. Hobson (Originally published in Rogues)

“Drowning in Sky” by Julia August, narrated by Abra Staffin-Wiebe (Originally published in Fantasy Magazine‘s Women Destroy Fantasy!)

“The Wine” by MC Wagner, narrated by C.S.E. Cooney (A PodCastle Original)

“I Wrung it in a Weary Land” by Kenneth Schneyer, narrated by Dave Thompson (A PodCastle Original)

“The Rag Man Mulls Down the Day” by Amal El-Mohtar, narrated by Marguerite Croft (A PodCastle Original)

“Zeraquesh in Absentia” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, narrated by Amal El-Mohtar (Originally published in The Dark)

“The Dolphin” by Dave Bishop, narrated by Joe Scalora (A PodCastle Original)

“Why I Bought Satan Two Cokes on the Day I Graduated High School” by Nathaniel Lee, narrated by Dave Thompson (Originally Published in U.F.O. 3)

“Burying the Coin” by Setsu Uzume, narrated by Amanda Fitzwater (A PodCastle Original)

“Days of Rain” By Rachael K. Jones, narrated by Cat Rambo (A PodCastle Origianl)

“Help Summon the Most Holy Folded One!” by Harry Connolly, narrated by a full cast (Help Fund My Robot Army! and Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects)

“Elf Employment” by Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt, narrated by Wilson Fowlie (A PodCastle Original)

“The Problem With Other Worlds” by Nick Scorza, narrated by Dave Thompson (A PodCastle Original)

“Makeisha in Time” by Rachael K Jones, narrated by K. Tempest Bradford (originally published in Crossed Genres)

And we’ve got a couple more stories coming out soon:

The Sea City Six: Where are they Now?  By Jenn Reese, narrated by Mur Lafferty, originally published in Flytrap.

“The Testimony of Samuel Frobisher Regarding Events Upon His Majesty’s Ship CONFIDENCE 14-22 June, 1818, with Diagrams”, Ian Tregillis, narrated by Ian Stuart (Originally published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)

Editors’ Note: Many thanks to David Steffen at Diabolical Plots for helping us organize the above the list.