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Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest V

The Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest is back for a fifth time, and it’s PodCastle’s turn! The contest will be taking submissions beginning April 15, 2019, and ending on April 30, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Each author may submit one original fantasy story of 500 words or less. Stories will then be sorted into categories, anonymized, and posted by an administrator on our forums for all to read and vote on in a tournament-style contest!

The three winning stories will be purchased for USD $30 each and 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 May 15, 2019!

Check back here on April 15 or follow us on social media for links to the Submittable portal where you can upload your contest entries. Best of luck to everyone participating!

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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.