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All Four Escape Artists Podcasts Confirmed as SFWA Approved Markets

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.

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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.

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