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One Last Time


Hello, readers and listeners, lovely visitors to the castle!

We have some bittersweet news to announce. After an enjoyable tenure, Jen Albert and Cherae Clark are leaving their positions as co-editors of PodCastle. There are, simply put, not enough hours in the day, and they both need to focus on their rapidly expanding careers. Jen will be pursuing book editing and acquisitions at ECW Press, while Cherae focuses on writing (including the sequel to The Unbroken).

They are thrilled, however, to leave the keys to the castle in the capable hands of Eleanor R. Wood and Shingai Njeri Kagunda. We’ll let them introduce themselves to you at length a little later on, but briefly:

Eleanor has been working with PodCastle as an associate editor and copyeditor at PodCastle for over four years and is an excellent writer as well. Her stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Diabolical Plots, PodCastle, Nature: Futures, The Best of British Fantasy 2019, and various anthologies, among other places.

Shingai is a Kenyan writer of flash, short fiction, novel, and poetry who’s finishing her MFA at Brown University. During the pandemic, she co-founded Voodoonauts, a empowerment and educational organization constructed to uplift Afrofuturist Writers. Her story in Fantasy Magazine, “And This Is How to Stay Alive,” will reprint in 3 best-of anthologies this fall as well as sprawl into the novella, & This Is How to Stay Alive, at Neon Hemlock.

 

The upcoming stories through the rest of the year will likely be some combination of stories that Jen and Cherae picked out from the submissions periods of 2020, and the stories that Eleanor and Shingai pick out from this year. And in the future, who knows? Jen and Cherae may show up for a narration or to guest host an episode or two.

So, in all honesty, this is probably not the last time that you’ll hear from either Jen or Cherae–once you’re part of the Escape Artists family, you’re kinda stuck. With that, please give a warm welcome to Eleanor and Shingai! We all look forward to how their vision shapes the future of PodCastle.

From Jen and Cherae–thank you all for being a part of our lives for the last several (Jen)/few (Cherae) years. We’ve loved reading your stories and your reactions to the stories we aired. Thank you also for the confidence you’ve placed in us as you nominated and voted for us in the Hugos, the Ignytes, the British Fantasy Award, and more.

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2021 Award Voters Packet


Here’s where you can find our offering for 2021 award consideration in one convenient download (to come!), or check it out episode by episode.
  • Ignyte Awards: Voting is open to the public and closes May 21st.
  • Aurora Awards: The Aurora awards are voted on by the members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA), a national registered non-profit society.  Membership is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents for just $10 per calendar year. Voting closes September 4th.
  • Hugo Awards: Members of DisCon III are eligible to vote on the 2021 Hugo Awards. You can check your membership status, or become a voting member, at the 2021 DisCon III registration page. Voting closes November 19th.

Originals!

  • PodCastle 611: “Yo, Rapunzel” by Kyle Kirrin, narrated by Alasdair Stuart, C.L. Clark, Setsu Uzumé, Matt Dovey, Jen R. Albert, Peter Behravesh, and Mur Lafferty, hosted by Setsu Uzumé. A PodCastle original published January 28, 2020. (34:51)
  • PodCastle 614: “White Noon” by Aidan Doyle, narrated by Julie Hoverson, Hosted by Setsu Uzumé. A PodCastle original published February 18, 2020. (37:54)
  • PodCastle 625: “Salt and Iron” by Gem Isherwood, narrated by Eve Upton, hosted by Setsu Uzumé. A PodCastle original published May 6, 2020. (37:54)
  • PodCastle 638: “Slipping the Leash” by Dan Micklethwaite, narrated by Austin Malone, hosted by Setsu Uzumé. A PodCastle original published August 4, 2020. (14:04)
  • PodCastle 640: “Mists Songs of Delhi” by Sid Jain, narrated by Amal Singh, hosted by Setsu Uzumé. A PodCastle original published August 18, 2020. (37:52)
  • PodCastle 654: “8-Bit Free Will” by John Wiswell, narrated by Wilson Fowlie, hosted by Matt Dovey and Wilson Fowlie. A PodCastle original published November 24. (37:52)
  • PodCastle 655: “Mariska and Major” by Damini Kane, narrated by Suna Dasi, hosted by Srikripa Krishna Prasad. A PodCastle original published December 1, 2020. (58:20)

Reprints!

  • PodCastle 619: “The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle” by Sofia Samatar, narrated by C.L. Clark, hosted by Peter Behravesh. Reprint, originally published in The Starlit Wood, published in PodCastle March 24, 2020. (31:32)
  • PodCastle 632: “Our Chymical Séance” by Tony Pi, narrated by Wilson Fowlie, hosted by Jen R. Albert. Reprint, originally published in Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction, published in PodCastle, June 23, 2020. (41:08)
  • PodCastle 652: “Apple”  by L.S. Johnson, narrated by Tatiana Grey, hosted by Setsu Uzumé. Reprint, originally published in F Is for Fairy, published in PodCastle November 11, 2020. (1:08:28)
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2021 Hugo Award Finalist!


Here at the castle, we couldn’t be more pleased to announce that PodCastle joins EscapePod as a finalist for the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! For thirteen years, across multiple teams, we’ve been doing our best to bring you great original and reprinted fantasy stories to listen to every week, and we’re so grateful for this recognition. A hearty thanks from the dragon to those who nominated us! We would be nowhere without our amazing team of editors, our producer, narrators, and of course, the writers who trust us with their stories.

Voting is now open to all members of WorldCon. For more information on our Voters Packet go here. Currently, WorldCon 2021 plans for a hybrid in person-virtual convention from December 15 to December 19, 2021. For most up-to-date details, however, check here.  

 

Here is the rest of the 2021 Ballot! Congratulations to all of the finalists! We’re honored to be among your ranks.

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PodCastle Has Won the British Fantasy Award!


We’re thrilled to announce that PodCastle has won the 2020 British Fantasy Award in the Best Audio category! We were so proud to have been nominated alongside other wonderful podcasts: Breaking the Glass Slipper, Speculative Spaces, and our sister podcast at Escape Artists, PseudoPod. We’re grateful to the British Fantasy Society for this honor and for running the online ceremony during these trying times. 

We have a large, amazing team of editors, producers, hosts, and talent who work to make PodCastle a success. Thanks to our associate editors over the last few years—Krystal Claxton, Matt Dovey, Aidan Doyle, Eboni Dunbar, Emmalia Harrington, Kai Hudson, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Devin Martin, Kathryn McMahon, Ace Ratcliff, Julian Jarboe, Craig Jackson, Julia Patt, Hamilton Perez, Eleanor Wood, Tierney Bailey, Sofía Barker, Shomari Kirkwood, Srikripa Krishna Prasad, Ziv Wities, and Kaitlyn Zivanovich—you are all unparalleled in your drive, passion, and talent. And to our incredible bosses, Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart, thank you for giving us the support and freedom we need to create this beautiful thing. 

And to the authors whose work is at the center of everything we do, to the narrators whose voices touch and sustain us, and to the listeners who keep us going by tuning in week after week (for over twelve years now!): thank you so much. Our accolades are also yours.

Sincerely, 

Cherae Clark, Jen R. Albert, Setsu Uzumé, Peter Adrian Behravesh