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.
Escape Pod is a science fiction market. Our mandate is fun. 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 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.
If you identify as part of these or other underrepresented groups, we welcome and encourage you to indicate so when you send us your story. 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.
Wordcount: 2000-6000 words (firm)
We publish short-form fiction more or less exclusively. We are not interested in flash fiction, poetry, serialized fiction, or novel excerpts.
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.
You can find samples of our contracts at the links below. Note that these are for informational purposes only, and upon acceptance all the relevant information will be completed by our managing editor:
Where to Send: Please submit your stories using our Submittable page. We use blind submissions, so please do not include identifying information in the file you send us.