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PodCastle Submissions Are Reopening for November


The PodCastle engines are low on fuel, so we’re coming in for a landing next month to fill up on fiction! Our submissions portal will open again on November 1 and will remain open for the entire month. Please take a look at our guidelines then visit our submissions portal to submit. We accept original and previously-published fantasy fiction under 6,000 words.

 

Grab your tickets and hop on board during our brief touchdown! We’re looking forward to reading your work.

 

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert, PodCastle Co-Editors

and the PodCastle Editorial Team

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ARTEMIS RISING Is Open for Submissions!


September is here, and we are open for submissions for ARTEMIS RISING, our fourth annual month-long event across the Escape Artists podcasts featuring stories by women and nonbinary authors in genre fiction.

As your guest-editor, here’s what I’d like to see…

I know tough older women. Firefighters for the national forestry service. Mechanics. Veterans. Founders of engineering departments. I’ve been honored and humbled to call them sisters, mentors, and guides. They are weather-beaten and grizzled, and no less women for it. The live, love, and crack jokes. Some have families; some don’t. But there’s a perception that these women aren’t women because of their vocations, and those vocations have been the province of heroic male characters in fantasy for as long as I can remember.

If you want to explore archetypes, go deeper. “Strong female character” is as much a box as “hero’s girlfriend.” Show me complexity, experience, insight. Take maiden-mother-crone and shift it into youth-warrior-sage. I want warriors and sages in spirit, even if they never pick up a weapon. I want female heroes, non-binary heroes—and most of all, I want a damn good story.

If your best doesn’t quite match the above, but still fits the spirit of Artemis Rising, send it. Write what feels true… but for PodCastle’s slice of Artemis Rising this year, that’s what feels true to me.

Head on over to our submittable portal to submit now.

Setsu Uzume
Guest editor, ARTEMIS RISING

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PodCastle Has Won Best Fictional Podcast!


We’re very excited to announce that PodCastle was nominated for and has won the award for Best Podcast—Fictional at the Academy of Podcasters awards this past week! We were shocked and delighted to have won. We’d like to congratulate our fellow nominees: Alice Isn’t Dead, Hello from the Magic Tavern, Homecoming, LifeAfter, Terms, The Black Tapes, The Bright Sessions, Welcome to Night Vale, and Within the Wires. We’re so honored to have been recognized alongside these wonderful, groundbreaking podcasts.

The awards ceremony took place in Anaheim, California on August 23rd and was attended by our associate editor Stefani Cox. She brought home this beauty:

Best Fictional Podcast Trophy

A huge thanks goes out to everyone who’s helped get the castle off the ground—to our current and former staff for all their dedicated work, to our talented authors, narrators, and other contributors, and of course, to our wonderful listeners, who’ve stuck by PodCastle all these years. Thank you!

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen Albert
PodCastle Co-Editors

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PodCastle Is Seeking A Story for Halloween!


This week, PodCastle invites you to scare us! We are looking for a Halloween story for 2017. If you’re a writer with a short story (original or reprint) that you’d like us to run this Halloween, visit our submittable portal now. Scary or funny, ghosts, ghouls, or goblins—haunted stories of all kinds are welcome.

The jaws of the portal snap shut at the unholiest of hours (midnight, EST) on August 19th, so be sure to feed the beast your less-than-6,000 word offering in time. Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions will be regurgitated automatically, so please don’t send them for this call. See the portal for more terrifying submissions details.

 

Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert

PodCastle Editors

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Greetings good people,

It is only August and we can definitively say that PodCastle has had a fantastic year in more ways than one.

We ran our third Artemis Rising in March, and showcased some of the best stories by women and non-binary authors. We had our first Eid Special with a fantastic story by Saladin Ahmed. We have added on a bright bunch of new staff. We became a SFWA-qualifying pro rate publication, and we have had a record number of submissions from some very talented writers.

Save for a couple of dates, we’ve also pretty much filled our lineup of stories for the remainder of the year. Because of this, we will be keeping general submissions closed until October. This does not include two specific open calls.

  1. August 13th through 19th we will open submissions for our Halloween special. If you have a story that you think fits, or something you’ve been ruminating over, get to work and send it to us.
  2. Submissions for our fourth Artemis Rising, slated to run March of next year, will be open during the month of September. Artemis Rising 4 will be edited by our magnificent and much beloved assistant editor Setsu Uzume.

Lastly, don’t forget to head on over to the forums to follow the voting for our Flash Fiction IV Contest.

Jen Albert and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, co-editors PodCastle

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Artemis Rising 4


During the month of September, PodCastle will be looking for submissions to celebrate ARTEMIS RISING, a special month-long event across the Escape Artists podcasts featuring stories by women and nonbinary authors in genre fiction.

Stepping in as guest editor for our fourth annual ARTEMIS RISING event is PodCastle assistant editor Setsu Uzume!

Summary

  • Payment at $0.06 per word. Please see our general submission guidelines for details of the rights we purchase and our sample contracts.
  • Original stories only.
  • Word count: 2000 6000 words.
  • Submit using Standard Manuscript Format. We accept files in .odt, .rtf, .docx or .doc format (no PDFs).
  • No multiple submissions.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • Submission window runs September 1-30, 2017.

Who Can Submit

Anyone who identifies as a woman, to whatever degree that they do. Nonbinary authors are also welcome and encouraged to submit stories.

As always, we at PodCastle strongly encourage submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional fantasy fiction, including, but not limited to, people of color, LGBTQIA authors, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States. Our goal is to publish fantasy that reflects the diversity of the human race, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.

What to Submit

Send in your best original fantasy fiction between 2000 – 6000 words.

You can send PodCastle one submission for ARTEMIS RISING. If we have another story under consideration already in the general submissions queue, we’d be happy to consider an additional story for ARTEMIS RISING.

While we’ll be accepting a limited number of stories for ARTEMIS RISING, all stories will be considered for regular PodCastle too.

How to Submit

Start writing now, and keep an eye out for a special ARTEMIS RISING Submittable portal. Submissions will be open for the month of September. 

ARTEMIS RISING Q&A

  • Q: If a story has been rejected by PodCastle in the past, can I submit it to PodCastle AR?
  • A: No.
  • Q: If a story has multiple authors, do they all have to meet the AR criteria?
  • A: Yes.
  • Q: If I’ve already submitted an AR story, can I submit another I wrote with a co-author to the same podcast’s AR?
  • A: No.
  • Q: If I have a story on submission to a podcast, can I submit a different story to that podcast’s AR while the first one is still in the queue? Or vice versa?
  • A: Yes.
  • Q: Can I submit a rejected AR story to the same podcast’s non-AR submissions pile?
  • A: No, because AR editors may refer your story to the show’s regular editors at their discretion. Otherwise please take a rejection as a rejection of the story from the venue for all purposes.

 

Thanks, and we look forward to reading your stories!

Jen R Albert, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, and Setsu Uzume, PodCastle Senior Editors

 

 

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Submissions Open for the Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest


Throughout the month of June, PodCastle will be accepting entries for this year’s Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest! Every author may submit one original fantasy piece of 500 words or less for consideration, so get your story ready to submit!

The three winning stories will be purchased and run as an episode of PodCastle. 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.

Head on over to our Flash Fiction Contest submittable portal to check out the contest entry rules and to submit your entries. All eligible stories will be posted on the forums in July, when voting will commence.

Best of luck!

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Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest IV


The next wave of the fourth incarnation of the Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest is coming, and it’s PodCastle’s turn! The contest will be taking submissions beginning June 1st, 2017 and will be open for one month, closing on June 30th. Every author may submit one original story of 500 words or less for consideration, so take out your quill and dust off your tome and get your story ready to submit!

The three winning stories will be purchased and run as an episode of PodCastle. 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. It’s easy to be 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.

Check back here in June for links to the contest forums and the Submittable portal where you can upload your contest entries. Best of luck to everyone participating!

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General Submissions Update


Many thanks to everyone who sent us their work so far in 2017—we’ve received a record number of submissions this year, and we’re truly impressed with the quality of the stories we’ve seen. In order to give proper attention to the stories in the queue, and to give the castle staff a much needed mid-year rest, we will be closing to submissions on June 1, 2017. So, waste no time in sending us your incredible fantasy fiction! We will reopen our submissions portal in July 2017.

All the Best,

Jen R. Albert and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
PodCastle Co-Editors

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EA Metacast, January 2017


In our first 2017 metacast, we present the Escape Artists (EA) stories that ran in 2016 that are eligible in the upcoming nomination season.

PodCastle’s Award Eligible stories from 2016 are all listed below. Give the metacast a listen and visit our sister podcasts Escape Pod, Pseudopod, Cast of Wonders, and our sister magazine Mothership Zeta to check out their award eligible fiction too!

 

Originals

The Wedding of Snow, Earth, and Salt” by Kate Heartfield

In the Woods Behind My House” by Nicolette Barischoff

The Color of Regret” by Carrie Patel

Opals and Clay” by Nino Cipri

Send in the Ninjas” by Michelle Ann King

Territory” by Julie Steinbacher

Beat Softly, My Wings of Steel” by Beth Cato

Tumbleweeds and Little Girls” by Jeff Bowles

Hands of Burnished Bronze” by Rebecca Schwarz

For Honor, For Waste” by Setsu Uzume

Responsibility Descending” by G. Scott Huggins

Communion” by Jei D. Marcade

Archibald Defeats the Churlish Shark-Gods” by Benjamin Blattberg

James and Peter, Fishing” by Anaea Lay

The Bee Tamer’s Final Performance” by Aidan Doyle

Mirabilis” by Shannon Peavey

Sweeter than Lead” Benjamin C. Kinney

Madame Félidé Elopes” by by K. A. Teryna translated by Anatoly Belilovsky

Wolfy Things” by Erin Roberts

The Beautiful Bird Sits No Longer Singing in the Nest” by Kate Lechler

How to Survive in Room 105” by T. Jane Berry

The Ghost Years” by Nghi Vo

Telling Stories” by Sandra M. Odell

Gaps of Joy, and a Knot for Love” by S. B. Divya

Green Girl” by Erica Ruppert

Dragon Fancy” by Leigh Wallace

The Seventh Year” by Alexandra Balasa

Chatter the Teeth” by Kurt Hunt

It’s a Wonderful Carol” by Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt

Shaina Rubin Keeps Her Head Under Circumstances Nobody Could Have Expected” by Rebecca Fraimow

 

Reprints

This Is Not a Wardrobe Door” by A. Merc Rustad, originally published at Fireside

The Men from Narrow Houses” by A. C. Wise, originally published at Liminal Stories

Braid of Days and Wake of Nights” by E. Lily Yu, originally published in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Thundergod in Therapy” by Effie Seiberg, originally published in Galaxy’s Edge

Lapis Lazuli” by Tania Fordwalker, originally in ASIM

Girl in Blue Dress (1881)” by Sunil Patel, originally published in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

Squalor and Sympathy” by Matt Dovey, originally published in Writers of the Future Volume 32

Love Letters on the Nightmare Sea” by Rachael K. Jones, originally published in Flash Fiction Online

In Mixcoatl’s Net” by Charlie Allison

The Rock in the Water” by Thoriya Dyer, originally published in PoC Destroy Fantasy

Further Arguments in Support of Yudah Cohen’s Proposal to Bluma Zilberman” by Rebecca Fraimow, originally published in Diabolical Plots