Archive for Announcements

Holiday Special Submissions Call

Escape Pod is looking for a holiday-themed story to run at the end of the year. We are accepting reprints and originals for this limited submissions call, which will run from Oct 1 – Oct 15, 2018.

Stories should follow our general guidelines for subject matter and word count. They should also incorporate a holiday that could take place in November or December by an Earth-based Gregorian calendar.

If you have a story in our general submissions that you would like considered for the special call, let us know by email to, otherwise, please use the Submittable portal below for our Holiday Special.

Holiday Special

Hugo Award News

Escape Pod is honored to be a finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. Voting is now open to members of WorldCon. The Voter Packet, including 5 stories from us, is available for your consideration. Find all the details here!

Congratulations to Co-Editor Mur Lafferty on her nominations for Best Novel and Best Fancast, and to Associate Editor Sarah Gailey for Best Novella!

The following staff members from Escape Pod and Escape Artists will be attending WorldCon in San Jose:

  • Alasdair Stuart
  • Marguerite Kenner
  • Mur Lafferty
  • S.B. Divya
  • Norm Sherman
  • Benjamin C. Kinney
  • Sarah Gailey
  • S. Kay Nash
  • Laura Pearlman
  • Peter Behravesh

Look for us there, and please do stop us to say hello!

Flash Fiction Contest – 2018 Edition – Landing on April 15!

Escape Pod’s Flash Fiction contest returns to the Solar System this year, and it lands on April 15!

Submissions will run from April 15-30, 2018, via this link on Submittable:

To be a valid submission to the contest, each story must adhere to the following rules:

  1. The story must be no more than 500 words long, not including its title. Do not use the title to skirt around the word count. Word count will be determined using Google Docs.
  2. Each author may submit only ONE story.
  3. The story must adhere to the general Escape Pod submission guidelines. Most importantly, it needs to be a science fiction story; other genres, including horror and fantasy, are discouraged. As a general rule, we will take a very liberal view of what constitutes science fiction, but authors should note that experience shows that stories that attempt to skirt the genre restriction tend to fare badly in the voting.
  4. The story must be original and previously unpublished. Stories will be posted on a members-only portion of the forum (, so first publication rights will not be spent if your story does not win. If you are not sure whether your story counts as published or not (for example, if an earlier version has appeared on your blog but nowhere else), please write (PM or send a query to with the subject line “QUERY”) and ask before submitting. Please do not submit stories that have been entries in a previous Escape Artists contest.
  5. The person submitting the story must be the story’s author (or acting for the author with express permission) and hold full publishing rights to the story. A story that is derived from a previously published work in another format (i.e. not a short story) is fine (assuming doing so isn’t in violation of copyright, obviously).
  6. The story must be submitted in its final form, as the author intends it to be read by the voting public. We may or may not allow minor typo corrections if those slip in, but as a general rule, we will not allow authors to submit changes to stories, especially not after submissions are closed.
  7. The title and the text must be included in the body of the submission. Any byline will be stripped when the stories are posted in the contest, and will be revealed when either the story fails to advance, or ultimately wins. Feel free to request a pseudonym for the byline, but we will need a legal name if you win for prize purposes.
  8. 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.

Winners will be paid $30, making this a pro sale of at least six cents a word.

Please blog, tweet, email, send postcards, telephone, summon demons, and otherwise get the word out.


BREAKING! Escape Pod is a Finalist for the Hugo Award!

We are thrilled to announce that Escape Pod is a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! We are so grateful to those who nominated us as well as our whole team, who work so hard to put together this podcast week after week. Not to mention the amazing authors who have trusted us to bring their stories to audio.

Here’s a full listing of the 2018 ballot:

Congratulations to all of the finalists!

Currently, Divya, Mur, Benjamin, Tina, publishers Alasdair and Marguerite will be attending WorldCon in San Jose.

Thank you from the bottoms of our heart for your support!

Artemis Rising 4

Escape Pod is proud to present the fourth annual Artemis Rising event through the month of March, 2018! We have five original stories for you this year, all guest-edited by our Associate Editors, Laura Pearlman and S. Kay Nash.

You can find the full list of all the Artemis Rising stories across all four podcasts here:

Our custom artwork this year is by the talented Geneva Benton. You can buy prints of the illustrated cover or underlying fine art image directly from Geneva.


Artemis Rising
Artemis Rising

Escape Pod’s 2017 Award Eligibility

In case you are eligible to nominate and/or vote for science fiction awards, please consider the stories first published by Escape Pod in 2017, or reprinted in Escape Pod and first published elsewhere in 2017. All of these stories fall into the Short Story category for the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

Escape Pod is also eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo Award. In 2017, our editors were Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman.

2017 first publications:

2017 reprints:

  • Planetbound” by Nancy Fulda, originally appeared in CHASING SHADOWS, edited by David Brin and Stephen W. Potts, January 2017

A Bold New (Website) Frontier

As you’ve likely noticed, Escape Pod and all of our siblings in the Escape Artists family have a new look! We’re very excited about our lovely new website, but as with any frontier, we’re likely to encounter some unexpected problems.

We appreciate your patience as settle into our new home!

If you have any technical difficulties or simply want to give us your feedback, please drop us a line at