pod castle, escape pod, pseudo pod
- Hi all:
I've been emailing back and forth this morning with the editor of
http://podcastle.org/guidelines which is a fantasy podcast.
They also do
It's a REPRINT market. I repeat a reprint market. Only works that
have been published somewhere else will be accepted...and she said
she was looking for writing that isn't particularly American....other
countries, other ethnic groups. She asked if my story in So long been
dreaming was fantasy. Alas it wasn't.
Here are the guidelines.
What We Want
PodCastle is looking for fantasy stories. We're open to all the sub-
genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to
slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or
non-real content should be meaningful to the story.
If you have a science fiction story, please send it to our sister
podcast Escape Pod. Horror fiction should be directed to Pseudopod.
The dividing line between horror and fantasy can be tricky. We at
PodCastle are open to dark fantasy. We don't object to your trying us
either before or after Psuedopod, if the story seems to suit both
We're primarily interested in two lengths of fiction, which we've
dubbed (somewhat arbitrarily) "short fiction" and "flash fiction."
Short Fiction: Most of our weekly stories will fall between about
2,000 and 6,000 words. Shorter stories would be overwhelmed by the
commentary before and after the stories. Longer stories are difficult
to fit into our upper time limit (defined rigorously as "The length
of a morning commute"). We may run longer stories, but it will be a
harder sell. We pay $100 for short fiction at this length.
Flash Fiction: We will sometimes podcast short five-to-ten
minute "bonus" pieces between our weekly main episodes. These stories
can be up to 1,000 words. Flash pieces are frequently quirkier and
more experimental than our weekly features. We pay $20 for flash
For stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words, we'll make a judgment
call, based on whether we think the story would work better as a
featured story or a bonus.
We prefer reprints, or works with a prior publication credit. We
define "publication" as any venue that paid you money for your work,
online or on paper. Unpublished work will be considered as well, but
if your story's good enough for us to buy it, it's probably good
enough to sell to another market first. Why not try to get two
audiences and two checks?
If you're looking for a market to send to for first publication, we
recommend perusing the listings at Duotrope and Ralan.
Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions
We accept simultaneous submissions (sending a story to us and to one
or more other markets at the same time), but appreciate being advised
that the story is under consideration elsewhere. Please do not send
multiple submissions (sending more than one story at a time to us)
unless you have been told that it is acceptable for you to do so.
We are an audio magazine. Our audience can't skim past the boring
parts. While we appreciate beautiful stories, those that feature
beautiful language at the expense of plot may not translate well.
Ideally, fiction should have strong pacing, well-defined characters,
engaging dialogue, clear action, and still be beautiful. Above all,
we're looking for stories that are fun to listen to. Humor is
Podcastle hopes to publish fiction reflecting the full range of
settings and tropes found in fantasy fiction. We'd particularly like
to see more stories set outside America, and stories that feature
characters who represent a range of backgrounds and ethnicities.
We will not balk at sexual content or strong language, but if your
story is primarily erotic or scatological in nature, it may not be
for us. Consider Open Source Sex for the former or satellite radio
for the latter.
Preparing Stories for Submission
We accept stories in e-mail, in plain text format, at the address
We don't want Word files, PDF files, scanned images of a book, or
sound files of you reading the story. Messages with such attachments
will get bounced. We will accept messages that are HTML formatted,
but if you know how to turn it off, we prefer plain text.
Send your story from the e-mail address at which you want us to
correspond with you. Otherwise, it's likely our correspondence will
The Subject line of your email should read: "Submission: [Title of
Your Story]." (Replace the text within the brackets with the title of
your story.) E-mails with different subject lines may be misfiled and
In the body of the message, include the following information:
1. Your real name. (You can use a pseudonym for the byline, but we
need to know who's legally offering us this story and to whom the
check should be written.)
2. Your mailing address. (If you don't give it to us, we'll need to
pay you by PayPal.)
3. A cover letter, listing salient workshops and degrees, and your
three to five most recent publications (if you have them). Also,
provide information about the publishing history of the piece. Has it
been published before? If so, where? Is there anything we need to
know about the availability of audio rights?
4. The word count of the story, rounded to the nearest hundred words.
5. The story's byline. (Omit if it's your legal name.)
6. The text of the story. Use single spacing with blank lines between
paragraphs and _underscores_ for emphasis.
203 N. Amity St.
Baltimore, MD 21223
I would like to submit my horror story "The Pit and the Pendulum" for
your podcast. My work has appeared in numerous online and print
venues including _The Norton Anthology of Literature_, the Project
Gutenberg Web site (http://www.gutenberg.org) and _The Simpsons
Halloween Special._ This particular work is in the public domain, and
all rights are available. It has previously been adapted into a
shockingly strange movie by Roger Corman. Thank you for your time and
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
by Edgar Allen Poe
I was sick sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at
length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses
were leaving me. The sentence the dread sentence of death was the
last of distinct accentuation which reached my ears. After that, the
sound of the inquisitorial voices seemed merged in one dreamy
indeterminate hum. It conveyed to my soul the idea of _revolution_
perhaps from its association in fancy with the burr of a mill-wheel.
This only for a brief period; for presently I heard no more. [. . .]
Once again, the submissions address is submit@.... Stories
sent to other addresses may not be considered.
Our Process of Consideration
Once you've sent us your story, we will review it and respond to you
via e-mail. Feel free to query if you have not received a response
within two months. Occasional slush updates will be posted at the
PodCastle blog. Periodically, the editors will post there to advise
submitters of progress and delays.
If we accept your story, we'll send you a contract as a PDF file in e-
mail. You will sign it and send it back to us via e-mail (after
scanning it), fax, or postal mail. Payment will come via check or Pay
Pal, at a rate of $100 for short fiction and $20 for flash fiction.
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 e-mail
is accurate and truthful;
5. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or
encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us.
If we buy your story we'll send you a contract, and you'll be bound
to all of the above.
PodCastle's audio files are released under a Creative Commons
license. Specifically, we use the Attribution-NonCommercial-
NoDerivatives license. Briefly, this means that the entire world has
permission to distribute the podcast for free, provided they give
credit for it, don't try to make money off of it, and don't change it
in any way. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it beyond fair
use, and mashing it up are all prohibited.
This license applies only to our audio performance of your work, for
which we've contracted and paid you. It does not apply to your story
itself; you retain your copyright and all rights to any other use of
For further discussion of Creative Commons licensing, see the Escape
Pod guidelines. If you are concerned about the licensing, we prefer
that you research and make your decision before submitting.
In case you're wondering whether you currently have audio rights to
your stories: unless you're doing work-for-hire for a game company,
all reputable SF/F magazines of which we're aware acquire serial
print rights, often with non-exclusive electronic or anthology
options. We know of no regular short fiction market that contracts
for exclusive audio rights. That doesn't mean it can't happen; always
check your contracts.
Still got questions?
If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or criticism (but not
stories) send them to our staff at editor@.... We'll do our
best to get back to you within a few days.
Thanks very much for your time, and we look forward to reading and
hopefully speaking what you've got!
Submissions Editor, Rachel Swirsky
Associate Editor, Ann Leckie
and editorial staff