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Call for Associate Editors!


We’re recruiting! PodCastle is looking to add additional associate editors (also referred to as slush readers) to our team.

PodCastle is an SFWA short fiction market. We’re in need of associate editors who can read and comment upon at least 10–20 stories a week during three to four reading periods spread throughout the year. You’ll be asked to help us select engaging, diverse, well-written, and thought-provoking stories from our unsolicited submissions queue. The most successful slushers will be familiar with our work and be able to identify a good fit. It helps if you’re familiar with our episodes and our submission guidelines. If selected, you will still be able to submit to PodCastle (and any other Escape Artists podcast).

We’re dedicated to publishing fiction that reflects the entire spectrum of the human experience. We acknowledge the realities of unconscious bias and make our best effort to account for it during our review process and expect every one of our associate editors to do the same. 

This is an unpaid, volunteer position. However, we take lowering the barriers to publication and experience seriously and do our best to help associate editors gain experience. We will happily write letters of recommendation or references for both academic and employment applications for our readers.

EA is a tight-knit, welcoming, and inclusive group. We encourage you to ask around about us and our reputation or contact us directly if you have any questions.

If you would like to join our team, please complete our Associate Editor application form. We will be accepting applications until March 1, 2020.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Jen Albert and Cherae Clark, Co-editors
Setsu Uzume, Assistant Editor
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British Fantasy Award Shortlist!


The dragon is getting stuffed on celebratory cake this week! The British Fantasy Society shortlist has been announced and PodCastle and PseudoPod have both been nominated under the Best Audio category!

Also, Alasdair’s weekly pop culture newsletter, The Full Lid, has gotten a nonfiction nomination, so there’s even more cake.

Please join us in congratulating our hardworking editorial teams on this awesome recognition.

The British Fantasy Awards are presented each year at Fantasycon, which takes place in Glasgow, Scotland from October 18th – 20th, 2019.

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Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest V


The Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest is back for a fifth time, and it’s PodCastle’s turn! The contest will be taking submissions beginning April 15, 2019, and ending on April 30, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Each author may submit one original fantasy story of 500 words or less. Stories will then be sorted into categories, anonymized, and posted by an administrator on our forums for all to read and vote on in a tournament-style contest!

The three winning stories will be purchased for USD $30 each and run together as an episode of PodCastle. Note that stories will be published on a members-only section of the forums, so first publication rights will not be expended by participating in the contest. And it’s easy to become a member! In fact, you can head on over to the forums and do that right now. All the pertinent details and rules will be posted under “The Arcade” section of the forums; voting will commence May 15, 2019!

Check back here on April 15 or follow us on social media for links to the Submittable portal where you can upload your contest entries. Best of luck to everyone participating!

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For Your Consideration: PodCastle Award Eligibility 2018


It’s that time again: awards season has begun! If you’re looking for some awesome fantasy fiction to nominate, here’s a convenient list of PodCastle‘s original, award-eligible short stories from 2018:

“Words Never Lost” by DaVaun Sanders

“Scar Clan” by Carrow Narby

“We Head for the Horizon and Return with Bloodshot Eyes” by Eleanna Castroianni

“My Heart the Bullet in the Chamber” by Stephanie Charette

“Propagating Peonies” by Suzan Palumbo

“Burning Season” by C. L. Clark

“One Day, My Dear, I’ll Shower You with Rubies” by Langley Hyde

“When Shadow Confronts Sun” by Farah Naz Rishi

“The Mooncakes of My Childhood” by Y. M. Pang

“There Is a Season” by Lynne M. MacLean

“Antler, Ash & Onyx” by A. C. MacLachlan

“Hosting the Solstice” by Tim Pratt

“Grounded Women Never Fly” by Stefani Cox

We thank you so much for thinking of us and our authors. We’d be honored if you were to consider any of our originals this year on your ballots. Cheers to the new year!

 

Jen R. Albert and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, PodCastle Co-Editors