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For Your Consideration 2017: Original Fiction in 2016

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.

Please listen to this MetaCast for all the Escape Artists entries!

EA Metacast – 48 Hours left on PP Kickstarter!!

What it says on the tin – 48 hours left on the PSEUDOPOD Kickstarter! We’ve just got $1000 left to push us over the top! Please consider pledging! Every bit helps! And if you’ve already pledged, consider upping your pledge for a special mystery bonus!

For Mortal Things Unsung

Pseudopod is putting together the first anthology to be released by Escape Artists. This is an integral part of our first Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for our narrators. For Mortal Things Unsung is inspired by the poem “Sympathetic Horror” translated from the French of Charles Pierre Baudelaire by Clark Ashton Smith.


Athirst for mortal things unsung

In shadowy realms of lone surmise


Or translated a different way, “We have a story for you, and we promise . . . it’s true.”

Under this banner we are assembling a phenomenal anthology celebrating stories from every year of Pseudopod plus a number of original stories from authors we love (in alphabetical order).

  • Charles Pierre Baudelaire translated by Clark Ashton Smith – “Sympathetic Horror”
  • Matthew Bey – “Hometown Horrible”
  • Jim Bihyeh – “Walk in Beauty” (an original Coyote Tale)
  • Tim W. Burke – “The Voyage and the Ship” (a story of the Guru Keresh)
  • Chris Lewis Carter – “Kill Screen”
  • Dixon Chance – “The Murmurous Paleoscope”
  • Irvin S. Cobb – “Fishhead”
  • Tina Connolly – “Turning the Apples”
  • J. Lily Corbie – “Like Dolls”
  • Eugie Foster – “Oranges, Lemons, and Thou Beside Me”
  • Orrin Grey – “New and Strangely Bodied” (original)
  • Grady Hendrix – “The Yellow Curse” a tale of the White Street Society (new to Pseudopod)
  • M.K. Hobson – “Votary”
  • Nina Kiriki Hoffman – “Stillborn”
  • Mel Kassel – “The Lady with the Light” (original)
  • Joe R. Lansdale – “Down By The Sea Near The Great Big Rock”
  • Livia Llewellyn – “Stabilimentum”
  • Thomas Ligotti – “Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story”
  • Paul Mannering – “The Ashen Thing”
  • David Nickle – “Looker”
  • M.C. Norris – “El Dentisto que Corta”
  • Sandra M. Odell – “Used”
  • Jon Padgett – “Murmurs of a Voice Foreknown”
  • Dagny Paul – “Standard Procedure” (original)
  • Tim Pratt – “Gulls”
  • Clark Ashton Smith – “The Garden of Adompha”
  • Lucy Snyder – “Magdala Amygdala”
  • David Steffen – “What Makes You Tick”
  • David Tallerman – “Stockholm Syndrome”
  • Lavie Tidhar – “Watchers”
  • Damien Angelica Walters – “In the Deepest, Darkest Holes” (original)
  • A.C. Wise – “Harvest Song” (original)
  • Alyssa Wong – “The Fisher Queen”

All of this will be wrapped in a shroud of cover art by Hugo Award-winning artist Elizabeth Leggett. Follow the link to her portfolio and see her other amazing work. Teases and reveals about the art to come soon to project backers.

Check out the campaign at:

If you have already backed and want to add the book, it’s easy to modify your pledge by logging in, clicking on “Manage Your Pledge” and then “Change Your Pledge.”



Artemis Rising 3 : Return of Hecate – Submit!

Artemis Rising 3 : Return of Hecate

Now open for submissions

through September 30

Pseudopod is now open for submissions to celebrate the third annual ARTEMIS RISING, a special month-long event across the Escape Artists podcasts featuring stories by women and nonbinary authors in genre fiction.

Our sister podcasts are also taking original submissions for the event. Please visit Escape Pod for science fiction, Cast of Wonders for young adult fiction, and Podcastle for fantasy fiction.


  • 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.

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 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, LGBTQ authors, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States.  Our goal is to publish fiction 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 horror fiction between 2,000 – 6,000 words.

You can send Pseudopod 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 our regular episodes as well.

How to Submit

Our Submittable portal will be open for ARTEMIS RISING stories September 1st through September 30th.

Prepare your manuscript in something approximating Standard Manuscript Format. We accept files formatted in .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt.

In your cover letter, please include your legal name (for contract purposes), byline (if different from your legal name), mailing address, and the story’s approximate word count and publication history. If you have any previous publications, feel free to list the most recent three, but this is optional and won’t affect your story’s consideration.

Once you’ve sent us your story, you will receive an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you have not received this confirmation within 24 hours.


By sending us your story you understand and agree that:

  1. You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;
  2. You are the copyright holder of the work;
  3. You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to the work;
  4. All information in the contact and cover sections of your submission is accurate and truthful;
  5. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us; and
  6. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will sign your contract and accept your payment on your behalf.

Our Team

Artemis Rising 3 submissions will be reviewed and sound produced by the women and non-binary members of Pseudopod’s staff. Our Guest Editor will be Associate Editor Dagny Paul, and our Sound Producer will be Chelsea Davis. Assisting with submissions will be Associate Editors Chelsea Davis, Kat Rocha, Jennifer Roper, Nicole Suddeth, and N.V. Winnick.

Dagny AR3 Announcement


If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, send them to We’ll do our best to get back to you within a few days.

We look forward to reading your scary stories!


Shawn Garrett and Alex Hofelich, Co-Editors

Dagny Paul, Guest Editor