Short Fiction

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. 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.

Wordcount: 1500-6000 words
We publish short-form fiction more or less exclusively. We do not accept poetry, serialized fiction, or novel excerpts.

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, 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.

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.

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