Submission Guidelines

Podcastle is temporarily closed to submissions. We expect to reopen to general submissions during May 2015.

Online Submissions
Podcastle is now only accepting submissions through our online submissions manager. We no longer accept email or paper submissions. We do not accept simultaneous submissions for previously unpublished stories.Our online submission form will ask you for the title, cover letter, and your story in manuscript format, attached as a .DOC, .DOCX, .RTF, or .ODT file.

In your cover letter, please include the word count and information about the publishing history of the piece. (Has it been published before? If so, where, when? Is there anything we need to know about the availability of rights?).

After you submit your work, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you have not received this confirmation within 24 hours, please notify us by email.

You will able to track your submission status at Submittable. If you have not heard from us within 3 months, you can query us at

Payment and Length
Podcastle is an audio fantasy magazine which accepts short stories between 2000-6000 words for weekly broadcast. We pays 6 cents per word for original fiction, and a $100 flat rate for reprints.
For flash fiction stories under 2000 words, we pay a flat fee of $20.

Podcastle buys nonexclusive first electronic and audio rights for original stories. For reprints, we buy nonexclusive reprint rights for audio. By submitting a previously published work, you warrant that all the relevant rights have reverted to you and you can legally re-sell them.

Podcastle is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. This means that the entire world has permission to distribute the podcast for free, provided they give credit for it, don’t try to make money off of it, and don’t change it in any way. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it beyond fair use, and mashing it up are all prohibited.

Diversity:  PodCastle welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States.  Our goal is to publish fiction that reflects the diversity of the human race, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.

We are open to all subgenres of fantasy: from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story. We prefer stories with strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action. As we publish primarily in audio, we strongly gravitate toward stories with distinctive voices that read well. Fun and humor are encouraged.

We like stories from across the full range of settings and tropes found in fantasy fiction. Diverse settings, backgrounds, and characters are a major plus.

Thanks very much for your time. We look forward to reading — and hopefully speaking — what you’ve got!


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