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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



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PodCastle has won, and is declining, the Parsec Award

PodCastle has had an extraordinary year. We’ve published some amazing stories. We ran our fourth Artemis Rising. We were nominated for a World Fantasy Award. And just this week, we learned that we won our first Parsec Award — Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form) for our story “Six Jobs” by Tim Pratt, narrated by Stephanie Malia Morris.

Unfortunately, shortly after we received news of the win, we learned that another of the winners has a problematic history of abuse. The Parsec committee launched an investigation into the matter, and their findings were swift and clear and disappointing. They chose to take no action, saying:

“It is the goal of The Parsecs to judge solely on the merit of the content and not on gender, heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation, politics, or other factors not in the podcast as presented to the audience. To do more would be to fail at our core purpose.”

PodCastle has never made a secret of our feminist ideals or our dedication to inclusivity, and we aim to act with integrity and credibility in a way that emulates those ideals. We find it unconscionable to celebrate an award that was also offered to a well-known abuser, one that has been awarded by an organization that has chosen to ignore these abuses in favor of remaining apolitical. In the current climate, we cannot support an award that ignores the complaints of victims while boosting the platforms of their abusers; for us, an appeal to high-minded ideals is not reason enough considering the harm that was done and that may be done in the future. For this reason, PodCastle has decided to decline our 2018 Parsec Award.

Being non-partisan is not an excuse to shirk the responsibility to stand for justice. If the Parsec committee won’t, PodCastle certainly will.
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On Inclusion and Artemis Rising: An Apology

It has come to our attention, through multiple channels, that the current incarnation of Artemis Rising 5 has caused harm to members of our community.

Thanks to Bogi Takács’s eloquent explanation of how to bring more voices to the table, we are examining the best way to repair the trust we’ve broken. We appreciate the conversations happening on various platforms and thank you for allowing us to participate in them.

Artemis Rising’s aims have always been to highlight the work of underrepresented genre authors and provide training and progression opportunities to junior members of the Escape Artist family who are members of traditionally marginalized groups. The underrepresented groups that we’ve chosen to focus on have changed over time and are likely to continue to change from year to year.

This year, we failed to consider the effect this change would have on people who were previously eligible to submit but were not eligible this year.

Artemis Rising’s submission portals will remain open and stories are being read while we consider how best to move forward, but we feel it is imperative to urgently acknowledge our mistake.

We apologize for the exclusion and hurt caused by this year’s call. We appreciate the feedback we’ve received; to everyone who voiced their objections, thank you for giving us a chance to correct our error. We hear you.

Escape Artists editors

Escape Pod: S.B. Divya & Mur Lafferty
PseudoPod: Shawn Garrett & Alex Hofelich
PodCastle: Jen R. Albert & Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali (and assistant editor Setsu Uzume)
Cast of Wonders: Marguerite Kenner

The 2018 Artemis Rising editors

Escape Pod: S. Kay Nash & Laura Pearlman
PseudoPod: Cecilia Dockins & Tonia Thompson
PodCastle: Krystal Claxton & Elora Gatts
Cast of Wonders: Amy Brennan & Karissa Sluss