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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.