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On Inclusion and Artemis Rising: An Apology


It has come to our attention, through multiple channels, that the current incarnation of Artemis Rising 5 has caused harm to members of our community.

Thanks to Bogi Takács’s eloquent explanation of how to bring more voices to the table, we are examining the best way to repair the trust we’ve broken. We appreciate the conversations happening on various platforms and thank you for allowing us to participate in them.

Artemis Rising’s aims have always been to highlight the work of underrepresented genre authors and provide training and progression opportunities to junior members of the Escape Artist family who are members of traditionally marginalized groups. The underrepresented groups that we’ve chosen to focus on have changed over time and are likely to continue to change from year to year.

This year, we failed to consider the effect this change would have on people who were previously eligible to submit but were not eligible this year.

Artemis Rising’s submission portals will remain open and stories are being read while we consider how best to move forward, but we feel it is imperative to urgently acknowledge our mistake.

We apologize for the exclusion and hurt caused by this year’s call. We appreciate the feedback we’ve received; to everyone who voiced their objections, thank you for giving us a chance to correct our error. We hear you.

Escape Artists editors

Escape Pod: S.B. Divya & Mur Lafferty
PseudoPod: Shawn Garrett & Alex Hofelich
PodCastle: Jen R. Albert & Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali (and assistant editor Setsu Uzume)
Cast of Wonders: Marguerite Kenner

The 2018 Artemis Rising editors

Escape Pod: S. Kay Nash & Laura Pearlman
PseudoPod: Cecilia Dockins & Tonia Thompson
PodCastle: Krystal Claxton & Elora Gatts
Cast of Wonders: Amy Brennan & Karissa Sluss

Artemis Rising 5: Hecate’s Pentacle


During the month of September, PseudoPod seeks submissions to celebrate ARTEMIS RISING, a special month-long event across the Escape Artists podcasts featuring stories by any author who identifies as a woman, to any degree.

Stepping in as guest editors for our fifth annual ARTEMIS RISING event is PseudoPod Associate Editor Cecilia Dockins and Nightlight Editor Tonia Thompson.

 

Your Guest Editors:

Cecilia Dockins, PseudoPod Associate Editor

Cecilia Dockins resides near Nashville, Tennessee. Over the years, she has slung cocktails in bars, instruments in surgical suites, ink on paper, and possibly a curse word or two. She’s an Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate and former University of Maine: Stonecoast student, a failed academic, loner, dreamer, damn-good angler, and professional book hoarder.

Tonia Thompson, Nightlight Editor

Tonia Thompson is the editor of Nightlight: The Black Horror Podcast.  Follow the stories on Twitter @NightlightPod

From Tonia’s website:

I write horror, science fiction and dark fantasy. I’ve been scaring people since the second grade, when I wrote my first story based on Michael Myers. I’m pretty sure my teacher was concerned, but I turned out fine(ish).

I also write essays on racial inequality and inclusion in literature. If you don’t like my essays, you probably won’t like my fiction either. It’s cool. Just don’t send me a nasty note because I’m not your cup of tea. Don’t start none, won’t be none. (Continue Reading…)

This is Horror Award: Fiction Podcast of the Year


We’re honored to accept FOR THE SECOND TIME the This is Horror Award for the Fiction Podcast of the Year category. We would have been perfectly satisfied losing to any of the other folks we graced the shortlist with, and we are humbled by the outcome. Congratulations to all the other winners!

2017 was an amazing year for PseudoPod. We ran three stories by Ramsey Campbell, a master of the short form. We ran a classic from titan editor and writer Karl Edward Wagner which was narrated and sound bed by Anson Mount, who will soon be playing the role of Captain Christopher Pike in the Star Trek Discovery television series. We celebrated Artemis Rising for a third year, and prepared for our fourth year (go check out the five excellent stories we ran in March!) We could gush for hours about all the voices and stories, new and old, that we brought to our listeners. 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 continued celebration our first decade of podcasting weekly short horror fiction, delivering our first anthology, For Mortal Things Unsung, and a sweet tiki mug. Our host and one of our editors participated in the second year of the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction. And there’s so much more! We couldn’t have done this without our tireless staff, including Dagny, Moaner, Karen, Graeme, Chelsea, Marty, Brian, Shawna, Tad, Scott, Cecilia, Cliff, Britany, Adrian, Kim, Austin, Erin, Otter, Jesse, and Victoria. We look forward to what else 2018 will bring!

For Your Consideration 2018: Original PseudoPod Fiction in 2017


For your consideration we present the Escape Artists stories that ran in 2017 which are eligible in the upcoming award nomination season.

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.

Additionally in 2017, Escape Artists published the anthology “For Mortal Things Unsung: A PseudoPod 10th Anniversary Special.” This book was published in March of 2017. (Continue Reading…)