Archive for Announcements

January 2023 Metacast

Presenters: Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart

Hey folks, welcome to an Escape Artists metacast. I’m Marguerite Kenner. And I’m Alasdair Stuart.

For those of you who have never heard a metacast before, think of this like a mini State of the Union address, a way for us to update you about what’s been happening at EA. The big thing is our news that EA now stands for the Escape Artists Foundation — we’ve become a nonprofit. We want to share with you how we got there, answer some questions, and explain what it means for you. (Continue Reading…)

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EA Audience Survey!

Hello everyone!

Escape Artists is excited to announce that we are launching our first-ever audience survey between November 15th and 30th! We are interested in learning more about you, our audience, including how you engage with our shows, your access needs, what content you enjoy and want to see more of, and how you think we could be doing better.

The survey is anonymous and takes under five minutes to complete, and you have the chance to enter a draw to win an EA SWAG BAG full of incredible EA merchandise!

Thank you, as always, for your incredible support, and we can’t wait to hear from you!


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Indigenous Magic Month


PodCastle is very proud to present Indigenous Magic, our special month of stories featuring Indigenous themes by Indigenous authors. Every week during November 2022, we will be bringing you a new Indigenous Magic story, and we can’t wait to share them all!

We have five fabulous stories coming up:

“Anu and the Vetala” by Srikripa Krishna Prasad, narrated by S. B. Divya

“The Tree Whisperer” by Oluwatomiwa Ajeigbe, narrated by Somto Ihezue

“The Bone Pickers” by Kelsey Hutton, narrated by Laurie McDougall

“The Witching Hour” by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, narrated by Shingai Njeri Kagunda

“Dying Rivers and Broken Hearts” by Gabriella Buba, narrated by Vida Cruz

We’re also delighted to be featuring this beautiful artwork by Cindy Fan, an illustrator and night owl who specializes in bringing stories to life in a dreamy and thoughtful manner for print and digital media. When she’s not drawing she loves walking slowly and aimlessly admiring the textures around her. Her work can be found at

Our cover art design is by Matt Dovey.

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Hugo Award 2022 Finalist!

We’re over the moon to announce that PodCastle has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine for the second year running. We’re once again honoured to share this nomination with our spacefaring sister, Escape Pod, and we’re humbled and delighted at this recognition of our hard work over the past year. We’re amongst some stellar company in this category – congratulations to our fellow nominees!

The full list of nominees in all categories can be found here.

We’re so grateful to everyone who nominated us, and we’re thankful to all of our staff for their hard work and to our authors for entrusting us with their wonderful stories.

Winners will be announced at ChiCon8, which takes place between 1-5 September 2022.

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Special Submissions Call: Indigenous Magic

PodCastle is incredibly excited to announce our call for Indigenous Magic stories of Global homegrown mythologies and legends. We want stories that center Black, Brown, and Indigenous cultures, histories, belief systems, philosophies, and perspectives. These are the stories of fireside tellings that are tied to the land on which they are written, the stories that reflect our cultural and historical trajectories in the wivestales and gossip on the tongues of our mothers and grandmothers.

While our general guideline of receiving stories primarily in English still applies, we especially encourage stories that incorporate more than one language or dialect, stories that offer alternative structures to the expected linear standardized arc, and stories that offer a fresh take or new perspective on a history that has not been considered universal.

This is an opportunity to draw on the softly surreal and the deeply fantastical in oral histories that have been passed down.

It is important that these stories are told by the people they belong to. We respect the traditions they are drawn from and honour the need to make space for marginalized voices to tell their version of any given story. We welcome authors who are writing from indigenous perspectives that are within their realm of experience and personal history. If you’ve written a story about a culture that is not your own, please refrain from submitting it to this particular call.

We’re a fantasy publication, so all stories must have a fantasy element that’s crucial to the tale, though it can be subtle. We are unable to consider science fiction or straight-up horror, though dark fantasy is more than welcome. We will consider both originals and reprints for this call, paying our standard rate of 8 cents per word for originals and $100 for reprints. We’re looking for stories between 2,000-6,000 words, though we will consider up to 7,000 words for reprints. These upper limits are strict: unfortunately we cannot consider reprints above 7,000 words or originals above 6,000 for this submissions call.

We’ll be open to Indigenous Magic submissions for the month of July 2022. Please submit through our Moksha portal. Our standard guidelines apply to anything we haven’t specified here.

We can’t wait to see your stories!


~Shingai Njeri Kagunda and Eleanor R. Wood, PodCastle Co-Editors

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For Your Consideration: PodCastle Award Eligibility 2021

2021 was quite the year here at the Flying Castle. We published fifteen original stories and thirty-one new reprints; we were nominated for Hugo, British Fantasy, Ignyte, and Aurora awards; and we bid farewell to former Co-Editors Jen R. Albert and Cherae Clark, as well as to Assistant Editor and Host Summer Fletcher at the end of the year. Shingai Njeri Kagunda and Eleanor R. Wood took over as Co-Editors, and we’re starting 2022 with a whole new masthead, gazing at the glorious horizons before us, and deeply excited about all the wonderful stories we’re planning to bring you this year.

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British Fantasy Award Nominations

The 2021 British Fantasy Award shortlist has been announced, and we’re honoured to have been nominated once again in the Best Audio category! Our tentacled sister, PseudoPod, has also been nominated again in this category, so we’re in the very best company.

As if that wasn’t enough lovely news, one of our stories has also been nominated for Best Short Fiction. We’re delighted that “8-Bit Free Will”, by John Wiswell (PodCastle 654), is up for the award, and we’ll be on tenterhooks for John as well as ourselves.

And yet more news! Escape Artists’ Head Honcho Alasdair Stuart is also up for Best Nonfiction for his weekly pop culture newsletter, The Full Lid. Cake and balloons for everyone!

Winners will be announced at FantasyCon, which takes place this year on September 24th – 26th in Birmingham, UK.

Please join us in congratulating PseudoPod, John, Alasdair, and all the other nominees. Huge thanks from us here at the Flying Castle to all our listeners, our narrators, and our wonderful authors, and to our superb editorial team for all their hard work.

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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.
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  • 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.
  • British Fantasy Awards:  The winners (selected by jury) will be announced at Fantasycon on September 26th. Thank you to everyone who nominated us!
  • 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.
  • Ignyte Awards: Voting is open to the public and closes May 21st.


  • 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)


  • 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.