Short Fiction

Escape Pod is currently open to submissions. We will be closed from June 1 to August 31, 2019.

Escape Pod is a science fiction market. 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. We want stories that center on science, technology, future projections, and/or alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people.

Please visit PseudoPod for horror, Cast of Wonders for young adult, and PodCastle for fantasy fiction.

Wordcount: 1500-6000 words

We publish original and reprint short fiction. We do not accept poetry, serialized fiction, novel excerpts, or non-fiction.

Payment for original fiction: USD $0.06 per word
We are an SFWA qualifying market for original fiction.
Payment for reprint fiction: USD $100 per story

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).

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, LGBTQIA or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities or non-religious people, and writers from outside the United States. When in doubt, please don’t self-reject. We appreciate you entrusting us with your stories.

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.

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.

Legalese: 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;
  • 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.

You can find samples of our contracts at this link. Note that these are for informational purposes only, and upon acceptance all the relevant information will be completed by our managing editor.

Where to submit: Please submit your stories using the button below, or go directly to our Submittable page. Please use Standard Manuscript Format but with all identifying information removed.

We use anonymized submissions for our associate editors. Your contact information can be included in your cover letter and will be visible to the upper-level editors. You may also list a few recent publications if you wish.

Queries: Please direct any questions regarding fiction submissions to the editors via

We strive to respond to all submissions within 2-3 months. Please feel free to query regarding your submission status after 3 months have passed.