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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.

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

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PodCastle Flash Fiction Contest VI


The Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest is back again, and it’s PodCastle’s turn! The contest will be taking submissions beginning March 1, 2021, and ending on March 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST. PodCastle Associate editor Craig Jackson, or Ocicat on the forums, will be our Guest Editor for the contest!

Each author may submit one original fantasy story of 500 words or less. Stories will then be sorted into categories, anonymized, and posted to our forums for all to read and vote on in a tournament-style contest (you can check out past contests over there as well)! The three winning stories will be purchased at our usual payment rate, USD $0.08 per word, and the stories will be 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 in April!

Check back here on March 1 or follow us on social media for links to our Moksha portal where you can upload your contest entries. Best of luck to everyone participating!


[NOTE: A previous version of this post indicated that we would be purchasing stories for USD $30 each. That has been corrected to $0.08 per word to reflect our increased payment rates.]

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PodCastle Has Been Nominated for the British Fantasy Award!


The finalists for the 2020 British Fantasy Award have been announced, and PodCastle has been nominated in the Best Audio category!

The nominee list is bursting with incredible talent in every category, including our sister podcast PseudoPod, also in the Audio category, and Escape Artists owner and host extraordinaire Alasdair Stuart, who is nominated in the Non-Fiction category for his newsletter The Full Lid. We consider ourselves honored to appear alongside all of the incredible nominees and would like to extend their deep gratitude to PodCastle’s wonderful listeners, to the Escape Artists group of podcasts, and to the entire PodCastle team, past and present, who work tirelessly to bring you the best of fantasy fiction every week.

Sincerely,

Cherae Clark, Jen Albert, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Setsu Uzume, and Peter Adrian Behravesh