When the Going Gets Weird, the Weird (continue to) Turn Pro

For 2016, PseudoPod has new pay rates. For all new submissions, we will pay the pro rate of $.06 per word for original fiction. We will pay $100 flat rate for short fiction reprints (2,000 words or more), and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 2,000 words). This makes all the original fiction purchases pro-paying. See the submission guidelines for further details. To maintain a transparent relationship without the writing community, We have also placed our contract templates on the submission guidelines page.

PseudoPod Submissions – Closure Extension

We have adjusted our submissions schedule. We’ve had great success with the stories you’ve sent us. As such, we’re going to extend our submissions closure period through the end of March. Our goal will be to move to a three-on three-off schedule. For the near future, we plan to work with the following schedule:

  • 1/1/16 – 3/31/16 Closed for Submissions
  • 4/1/16 – 5/31/16 Open for Submissions
  • 6/1/16 – 7/31/16 Closed
  • 8/1/16 – 10/31/16 Open
  • 9/1/16 – 9/30/16 Open Call for Artemis Rising Submissions
  • 11/1/16 – 1/31/17 Closed
  • 2/1/17 – 4/30/17 Open
  • 5/1/17 – 7/31/17 Closed
  • 8/1/17 – 10/31/17 Open
  • 9/1/17 – 9/30/17 Open Call for Artemis Rising Submissions
  • As with all plans, they are subject to change, but we wanted to pull back the curtain a bit and let you know what our plans generally are.

    PseudoPod 474: Mr. Hill’s Death

    by S.L. Gilbow.

    “Mr. Hill’s Death” was first published in The Dark Magazine and was reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2015. “The English assignment in the story is based on a project I used to give when I was teaching high school. The idea for the short story came to me when a student showed a video of a car wreck to illustrate the word ‘tragic.'”

    A 2011 graduate of Clarion West Writers Workshop, S.L. GILBOW‘s short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, The Dark Magazine, Betwixt and many other publications. Gilbow is a retired lieutenant colonel and navigator with twenty-six years of Air Force service and over 2000 flying hours in the B-52. He currently teaches English at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. You can learn learn more about S. L. Gilbow at slgibow.com.

    Your narrator – Mat Weller – well, you may heard of him if you keep your ears open.

    Mr. Hill’s death is posted on YouTube. You can’t actually see him. Just the back of his sunflower yellow convertible, top up, cruising along a two lane road. The fifty-second clip, taken from a dash cam in a following car, seems rather ordinary at first, and you might think you were watching a typical drive through a wooded countryside. That is if the clip weren’t titled “Tragic Car Wreck.”

    PseudoPod 473: Sack Race To The River

    by Chris Kuriata

    “Sack Race To The River” was first published in issue 3 of Phobos in December, 2014.

    CHRIS KURIATA has written stories about home invading bears, elderly poisoners, and ghastly family photographs, which have appeared in many fine magazines. He lives in the Niagara Region. He has a funny and creepy story included in the upcoming Exile anthology THE PLAYGROUND OF LOST TOYS.

    Your narrator – Spencer Disparti – is a poet and the podcast host for “The Green Magick Podcast”. You can find most of his work at Skeletopia and you can find the podcast in iTunes or at Podbean.com.

    After cramming ourselves into the sack—my brother and I crouched on top of Dad’s shoulder blades like a pair of folded wings—Dad galloped down the stairs and out into the night. My brother and I cheered, enjoying the midnight wind blasting across our faces. Dad ran to the escarpment, grabbing the trunks of skinny trees to keep his balance as we skidded down the incline. He ran to the edge of the river, huffing and puffing, checking the time on his phone.

    “Seven minutes,” he said. “Thank God we’ve started now ’cause we need practice. We need so much practice.”