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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

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PodCastle Has Been Nominated for the Ignyte Award!


The finalists for the inaugural Ignyte Awards have been announced, and PodCastle has been nominated for this prestigious accolade! Co-editors Cherae Clark and Jen R. Albert, former co-editor and special editions editor Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, host & assistant editor Setsu Uzumé, and audio producer Peter Adrian Behravesh are finalists in the Best Fiction Podcast category for their work on the podcast. 

The Ignyte Awards both broaden and deepen the genre awards scene, including not only short story, novel, and art categories, but also awards for poetry, middle-grade, podcasts, and others as well as two separate awards that celebrate contributions to genre in the pursuit of inclusiveness and equity. The Ignyte Awards reflect the business models, values, and imagination of the SFFH field, lighting a path of possibility for both new and veteran creators.

We’re excited to be nominated alongside such an amazing group of diverse creators. FIYAH has created a truly wonderful thing in such a short time frame and they’ve managed to capture perfectly the variety of perspectives that the genre community has to offer. We are so honored.

We would like to extend our 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.

The team joins several other wonderful podcasts on the shortlist: NIGHTLIGHT (Tonia Thompson), LeVar Burton Reads (LeVar Burton), Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Editor Scott H. Andrews), and OBSIDIAN (Co-Creators, Producers, and Writers Adetola Abdulkadir & Safiyah Cheatam).

Nominations were sourced from the Ignyte Awards Committee: 15 BIPOC voters on FIYAHCON staff of varying genders, sexualities, cultures, disabilities, and locations throughout the world. Voting is open to the wider SFF community until September 11, 2020. Visit the convention’s website to vote now!

The winners of the 2019 Ignyte Awards will be announced virtually at FIYAHCON, October 17-18, 2020.

 

— Cherae Clark, Jen R. Albert, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Setsu Uzumé, and Peter Adrian Behravesh

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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.