PodCastle Has Won Best Fictional Podcast!


We’re very excited to announce that PodCastle was nominated for and has won the award for Best Podcast—Fictional at the Academy of Podcasters awards this past week! We were shocked and delighted to have won. We’d like to congratulate our fellow nominees: Alice Isn’t Dead, Hello from the Magic Tavern, Homecoming, LifeAfter, Terms, The Black Tapes, The Bright Sessions, Welcome to Night Vale, and Within the Wires. We’re so honored to have been recognized alongside these wonderful, groundbreaking podcasts.

The awards ceremony took place in Anaheim, California on August 23rd and was attended by our associate editor Stefani Cox. She brought home this beauty:

Best Fictional Podcast Trophy

A huge thanks goes out to everyone who’s helped get the castle off the ground—to our current and former staff for all their dedicated work, to our talented authors, narrators, and other contributors, and of course, to our wonderful listeners, who’ve stuck by PodCastle all these years. Thank you!

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen Albert
PodCastle Co-Editors

PodCastle 485: Cassandra Writes Out of Order


by Andrea Tang

read by Sandra Espinoza

hosted by Matt Dovey

A PodCastle Original!

Rated PG-13.

The man from the government says, “We know the shape of the world right now, of course. That’s our job. The one we’re offering you is a little different.”

“Different how?”

The man from the government asks, “Can you tell us what the shape of the world will be tomorrow?”

Marisol’s fountain pen pauses. She sticks it between her teeth and smiles around the plastic. “All right.”

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Andrea TangWriter by inclination and international affairs analyst by trade, Andrea Tang is a recovering liberal arts grad who likes asking questions about how different cultures—and by extension, different people—collide, mix, or otherwise converse with each other. In the world beyond her notebook, she enjoys martial arts, theater, and ruining beloved musicals by remixing show tune lyrics with hot takes on global politics. Her other short fiction is forthcoming from Apex Magazine and GigaNotoSaurus.

Sandra EspinozaSandra is a New York born and raised voice actress with a background in English literature and writing. After a childhood where video games were banned from the house, she one-eighty’d so hard she’s finally in them and never leaving. Voice over training in between jobs, fan projects she created for her favorite games soon gained recognition and lead to her first paid role with Wadjet Eye Games.

Some games Sandra’s voiced for include the Primordia, Apotheon, Heroes of Newerth, Marvel’s Avengers Academy, and most recently Brawl Stars by Clash of Clans developer Supercell. She also provides voice over and editing services for countless lifestyle and education podcasts. When she’s not voice acting you can catch her on Twitter or Facebook under the handle “DustyOldRoses,” obsessing over good food, good games and the color pink.

PodCastle 484: Flash Fiction Extravaganza! Seasons


In Spring, the Dawn. In Summer, the Night.by Aidan Doyle.

Read by Nina Brady.

It always seems to me that people who hate me must be suffering from some strange form of lunacy. – Sei Shōnagon, The Pillow Book, Circa1000 C.E.

On the third day of the third month, the good people of court traveled by ox-drawn carriage from the Imperial Palace to the Divine Spring Garden, the carriage boys running ahead to ensure the common people didn’t block our way. The colored sleeves of so many elegant ladies showing through the curtains must have been a wondrous sight as the carriages rattled past.

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“Autumn Jewels” by Shveta Thakrar.

Read by Ramakrishnan M.

On the third of the nine nights of Navratri, the celebration honoring goddess Durga, a call slight as spider silk murmured through the temple. Most revelers heard nothing, but four-year-old Bhavna eluded her mother’s watchful eye long enough to sneak out of the saturated colors and lively music of garba, past a wild pumpkin patch, and into the night-shrouded woods beyond.

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“Winter Witch” by Matt Dovey.

Read by Julie Hoverson.

I feel their grief moving through the forest. It is like a buried splinter tugging at my skin, working its way further inside. In part this is my deep intimacy with these woods, nurtured through all my thirty years, and in part it is the soft sound of their sobbing, carried through still air that is thick with pine and decay and more.

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Rated PG-13.

PodCastle Is Seeking A Story for Halloween!


This week, PodCastle invites you to scare us! We are looking for a Halloween story for 2017. If you’re a writer with a short story (original or reprint) that you’d like us to run this Halloween, visit our submittable portal now. Scary or funny, ghosts, ghouls, or goblins—haunted stories of all kinds are welcome.

The jaws of the portal snap shut at the unholiest of hours (midnight, EST) on August 19th, so be sure to feed the beast your less-than-6,000 word offering in time. Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions will be regurgitated automatically, so please don’t send them for this call. See the portal for more terrifying submissions details.

 

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert

PodCastle Editors