Submission Guidelines

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 We do not accept simultaneous submissions for previously unpublished stories.Our online submission form will ask you for the title, cover letter, and your story in manuscript format, attached as a .DOC, .DOCX, or .ODT file.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?). If we buy your piece, we will need your bio, publication history, and professional headshot, but don’t worry about those unless/until we ask for them.

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

PodCastle buys stories for each calendar quarter around a specific theme. The current theme is Dirty Jobs. We are reading for this theme from Jan 15-Mar 30, when we will close until the next submission period is announced. You can find out more about this theme at our submission page or here.

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 2 cents per word for reprints.
For flash fiction stories under 1000 words, we pay a flat fee of $20.

Podcastle buys first serial rights for print, ebook, and audio with an exclusivity period of six months past the publication date. For reprints, we buy nonexclusive reprint rights for print, ebook, and 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.

The Podcastle podcast 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 SF 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.

Podcastle is seeking quality fiction without regard for the author’s background.  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 range of 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!


Kitty NicIaian and Dawn Phynix, Editors
and editorial staff


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