2016 was an amazing year for PseudoPod. We ran our 500th Episode with a story by Fritz Leiber, followed with a classic by Robert E. Howard narrated by Anson Mount, who will soon be playing the role of Black Bolt in the Marvel Inhumans television series. We celebrated Artemis Rising for a second year, and prepared for our third year (running now!) We celebrated our first decade of podcasting weekly short horror fiction, ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to pay for an our first anthology and a sweet tiki mug, and completed the one-year qualification period to register as a SFWA Qualifying Market. Our host and one of our editors participated in the inaugural year of the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction. And there’s so much more! We hope you’ll take the opportunity to take a look at what we did this past year and peek into our back catalog. We look forward to what else 2017 will bring!
The Escape Artists podcasts are delighted to announce that Pseudopod, Podcastle, and Cast of Wonders have entered the list of approved short fiction markets maintained by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (“SFWA”). They join sister-show Escape Pod.
Since 2006, Escape Artists has been at the leading edge of audio short fiction. Its four podcasts provide free, weekly stories in their respective genres across every element of speculative fiction. Their combined back catalog of nearly 1800 episodes encompass a huge array of authors and narrators, from industry giants to emerging talents. Each episode features flash or short fiction and commentary, supporting EA’s ‘One Story, Told Well’ mission.
‘Everyone at Escape Artists is thrilled to see this confirmed’ said owner, Alasdair Stuart. ‘We’re very proud of the number of authors who have their first professional sales with one of our shows. Bringing all four shows’ pay rates into synch, and being approved SFWA markets, will continue to support our goal of lowering barriers to entry in publishing. Sales to EA podcasts will now count toward SFWA membership requirements for authors, and bring a wider range of voices to genre fiction.
In our first 2017 metacast, for your consideration we present the Escape Artists stories that ran in 2016 which are eligible in the upcoming award nomination season.
A quick plug. For us. All four EA shows – PodCastle, Pseudopod, Escape Pod and Cast of Wonders – are themselves eligible in the SEMIPROZINE Hugo category. So is our eZine, Mothership Zeta.
Not Fancast. Not Fanzine. SEMIPROZINE. Yes, the categories are confusing and often overlap. “Fancast” is traditionally dominated by commentary shows and sketch-based audio programs.
There’s an argument that we could split the shows and compete in multiple categories to increase our chances. We don’t think that benefits anyone. The division is artificial at best, and extremely difficult (at worst) to explain, given all four of our shows have harmonised pay rates and submissions policies. It would smack of gamesmanship, which doesn’t interest us. This is what we did last year, and like our commitment to paying creatives, we stick to our commitments and are always pushing to expand.
Don’t get us wrong, we LOVED seeing PodCastle and Escape Pod on the Hugo long lists for the last two years, and we’d be honoured for any one of our shows to be a finalist.
But that’s a decision that rests solely in the hands of YOU, our fans and supporters.
Below are links to some aggregation projects, where fans are building lists of those eligible in the various categories. They’re great tools, and we’d like to thank David Steffen for his efforts. We’ll also link to our Wikia page, containing links to all the eligible Escape Artists stories.
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