Archive for Announcements

PodCastle logo

The Best of PodCastle: Vote for Your Favorite Episodes!


Nominations are closed, and the final ballot is revealed! We’re now asking fans and frequent listeners of the podcast to vote for their favorite episodes from the ballot in the link below. The top five PodCastle episodes, as voted by fans, will be featured in a special later this year!

You can find the survey here. Vote now!

All the episodes in the final ballot are linked below for your listening pleasure.

Episode 1: “Come Lady Death” by Peter S. Beagle
Episode 20: “Cup and Table” by Tim Pratt
Episode 51: “The Cambist and Lord Iron” by Daniel Abraham
Episode 88: “Another End of the Empire” by Tim Pratt
Episode 92: “Sir Hereward and Mr. Fitz Go to War Again” by Garth Nix
Episode 93: “The Mermaid’s Tea Party” by Samantha Henderson
Episode 136: “The Christmas Mummy” by Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt
Episode 147: “Card Sharp” by Rajan Khanna
Episode 154: “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Under the Still Waters” by N.K. Jemisin
Episode 165: “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu
Episode 186: “Beyond the Sea Gate of the Scholar Pirates of Sarskoe” by Garth Nix
Episode 200: “In the Stacks” by Scott Lynch
Episode 211: “The Axiom of Choice” by David W. Goldman
Episode 214: “We Never Talk About My Brother” by Peter S. Beagle
Episode 254: “Sundae” by Matt Wallace
Episode 324: “Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy” by Saladin Ahmed
Episode 336: “Why I Bought Satan Two Cokes on the Day I Graduated High School” by Nathaniel Lee
Episode 345: “Makeisha in Time” by Rachael K. Jones
Episode 354: “The Sea of Wives” by Nathaniel Lee
Episode 356: “Super-Baby-Moms Group Saves the Day” by Tina Connolly
Episode 385: “Where Monsters Dance” by A. Merc Rustad
Episode 405: “Beat Softly My Wings of Steel” by Beth Cato
Episode 409: “The Husband Stitch” by Carmen Maria Machado
Episode 413: “This is Not A Wardrobe Door” by A. Merc Rustad
Episode 427: “Squalor and Sympathy” by Matt Dovey
Episode 438: “Defy the Grey Kings” by Jason Fischer
Episode 458: “Home is a House that Loves You” by Rachael K. Jones
Episode 467: “How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart’s True Love” by Baker & Dovey
Episode 487: “A Whisper in the Weld” by Alix E. Harrow
Episode 490: “The Names of the Sky” by Matthew Claxton
Episode 501: “The Christmas Abomination from Beyond the Back of the Stars” by Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt
Episode 506: “La Gorda and the City of Silver” by Sabrina Vourvoulias

Have questions? Please email editor@podcastle.org.

PodCastle logo

For Your Consideration: PodCastle Award Eligibility 2017


PodCastle wants to thank all of our listeners and fans for a wonderful 2017. We’re so proud of everything we accomplished throughout the year, from the astounding amount of original fiction we put forth to the addition of some fabulous new staff to our first nomination and win of a major podcasting award. Below is a list of our award-eligible stories from 2017. Also note that PodCastle itself is eligible in the semiprozine category of the Hugos.

The stories:

 

Here’s to all our listeners, authors, narrators, and contributors; we are so grateful for all your enthusiasm and support. Wishing you all a happy 2018!

 

Jen R Albert and Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali, co-editors, Setsu Uzume, assistant editor, and the PodCastle team

PodCastle logo

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

PodCastle logo

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

PodCastle logo

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

PodCastle logo

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

PodCastle logo

Announcements


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

PodCastle logo

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

 

 

PodCastle logo

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!

PodCastle logo

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!