Escape Pod is a podcast magazine for science fiction short stories.
We are fairly flexible on what counts as science (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 the 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.
Please use Standard Manuscript Format, but with all identifying information removed. We use anonymized submissions for our associate editors. Your name and other relevant information can be included in your cover letter, which is visible to upper level editors.
Wordcount: 1500-6000 words
Payment: $0.06 per word for original fiction; $100.00 flat rate for reprints of any length.
Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: Escape Pod does not accept multiple submissions (i.e., more than one story at a time from the same author) or simultaneous submissions (i.e., submitting to Escape Pod and one or more other markets at the same time).
Rights: Escape Pod publishes in both text and audio; you are offering both of those one-time and archival rights to us when you send us your story.
Content: Escape Pod is a science fiction market. 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 welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We strongly encourage 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.
If you identify as part of these or other underrepresented groups, we welcome and encourage you to indicate so in your cover letter. We acknowledge the reality of unconscious bias and will make our best efforts to account for it during the editorial review process. Our goal is to publish fiction that reflects the diversity of the human experience.
Authors under 18 are welcome. By submitting, any author under 18 asserts they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian with whom Escape Artists, Inc. can enter into a contract on behalf of the author.
By sending us your story you understand and agree that:
You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;
You are the copyright holder of the work;
You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to the work;
All information in the contact and cover sections of your submission is accurate and truthful;
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.
If you are proficient with any foreign languages or accents, feel free to include them in your demonstration with an additional 1-2 minutes.
We typically respond to your submission in 2-3 months. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
We strongly prefer an uncompressed mono WAV or AIFF format for our files. If necessary, you may use the MP3 format, however, please do not encode at anything less than 256 kbps.
A sample rate of 44.1 kHz is best since it’s what we publish at, but we insist on at least 22 kHz. Stereo or mono doesn’t matter, although in the case of WAV and AIFF, using mono halves the file size.
Please edit the file yourself if you have time. It’s easier for you to do it because you have a much better idea of where your mistakes are. If you don’t have time, send us the raw recording to edit, but PLEASE send our audio production manager a note (email@example.com) to let us know it’s not. That way we can schedule the time to do it. We reserve the right, in such cases, not to use the recording at all.
If you don’t like the story — for instance, you just can’t imagine it sounding other than a little cheesy — please don’t torture yourself. Let us know you’ve decided it’s not for you, and if possible share with us any criticism you may have. You won’t offend us. We will respect your candor and professionalism, and it will reflect very well on you as a narrator.
Make sure your reading starts with the title and author. PodCastle prefers a clean, ‘audiobook’ style of reading, but with some energy and personality to it.
Do not put in special effects or sound effects unless you have cleared it with the Editors or Audio Producer.