Escape Pod is a science fiction market. Our mandate is fun. We are fairly flexible on what counts as “science” (as we’ll delve into superheroes or steampunk on occasion) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre, but we are not looking for fantasy, magical realism, or more than a tinge of horror. If your story isn’t centered on science, technology, future projections, alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people, we’re probably not the right market for it.
Diversity: Escape Pod welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional SF publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States. Our goal is to publish science fiction that reflects the diversity of the human race, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.
Wordcount: 2000-6000 words (firm)
We use a blind submissions system. Please do NOT include your name or other identifying information in the file you submit.
We publish short-form fiction more or less exclusively. We are not interested in flash fiction, poetry, serialized fiction, or novel excerpts. As with other genres, we support their existence, but they’re not what we do.
Payment: $0.06 per word for original fiction; $100.00 flat rate for reprints of any length.
We are an SFWA qualifying market for original fiction and pay professional rates.
Escape Pod is looking for science fiction 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. Please visit PseudoPod for horror, 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 a BLIND standard manuscript format.
- 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, Escape Artists strongly encourages submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional science 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 humankind, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.
What to Submit
Send in your best original science fiction between 2,000 – 6,000 words. You can send one submission specifically for ARTEMIS RISING. If we have another story from you under consideration in the general submissions queue, that's fine. You can still submit to the ARTEMIS RISING queue as well. Multiple and/or simultaneous submissions are not accepted.
While we’ll be accepting a limited number of stories for ARTEMIS RISING, all stories will also be considered as general submissions as well, in the event that we simply have too much awesome to contain in one month (as happened last year).
You’re welcome to submit to all of the Escape Artists' ARTEMIS RISING calls, but please don’t send the same story to more than one podcast at a time.
How to Submit
Use this convenient submissions portal. Submissions will be open for the month of September 2016.
Please reference our general Submission Guidelines for details on formatting.