Archive for Announcements

On Inclusion and Artemis Rising: An Apology


It has come to our attention, through multiple channels, that the current incarnation of Artemis Rising 5 has caused harm to members of our community.

Thanks to Bogi Takács’s eloquent explanation of how to bring more voices to the table, we are examining the best way to repair the trust we’ve broken. We appreciate the conversations happening on various platforms and thank you for allowing us to participate in them.

Artemis Rising’s aims have always been to highlight the work of underrepresented genre authors and provide training and progression opportunities to junior members of the Escape Artist family who are members of traditionally marginalized groups. The underrepresented groups that we’ve chosen to focus on have changed over time and are likely to continue to change from year to year.

This year, we failed to consider the effect this change would have on people who were previously eligible to submit but were not eligible this year.

Artemis Rising’s submission portals will remain open and stories are being read while we consider how best to move forward, but we feel it is imperative to urgently acknowledge our mistake.

We apologize for the exclusion and hurt caused by this year’s call. We appreciate the feedback we’ve received; to everyone who voiced their objections, thank you for giving us a chance to correct our error. We hear you.

Escape Artists editors

Escape Pod: S.B. Divya & Mur Lafferty
PseudoPod: Shawn Garrett & Alex Hofelich
PodCastle: Jen R. Albert & Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali (and assistant editor Setsu Uzume)
Cast of Wonders: Marguerite Kenner

The 2018 Artemis Rising editors

Escape Pod: S. Kay Nash & Laura Pearlman
PseudoPod: Cecilia Dockins & Tonia Thompson
PodCastle: Krystal Claxton & Elora Gatts
Cast of Wonders: Amy Brennan & Karissa Sluss

2018 Sunburst Award Longlist


Congratulations to all the Sunburst Awards longlist finalists, including Rati Mehrotra’s Hacker’s Faire, narrated by Wilson Fowlie, and PodCastle associate editor Naru Dames Sundar’s The Weight of Sentience.

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastika published during the previous calendar year. Winners receive a medallion that incorporates the Sunburst logo. Winners of both the Adult and Young Adult Sunburst Award also receive a cash prize of $1,000, while winners of the Short Story Sunburst Award receive a cash prize of $500.

The Sunburst Award takes its name from the debut novel of the late Phyllis Gotlieb, one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian speculative fiction. Past winners of the Sunburst Award include Ruth Ozeki, Guy Gavriel Kay, Cory Doctorow, Nalo Hopkinson, Charles de Lint, Thomas King, and last year’s winner Claire Humphrey.

For additional information about the Sunburst Award, the nominees, juries, as well as previous awards, eligibility, and the selection process, please visit the official website at www.sunburstaward.org.

BREAKING NEWS: Escape Pod is a Hugo Finalist!


We are thrilled to announce that Escape Pod is a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine!  A huge thank you to the voters for the nomination, and congratulations to all their fellow finalists.

Congratulations to Tina Connolly, S. B. Divya, Benjamin C. Kinney, Mur Lafferty,  Adam Pracht, Norm Sherman, Alasdair Stuart, and the entire Escape Pod team!

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

A fuller press release will follow, to celebrate all the awesome Escape Artists-affiliated nominees.

PodCastle 500!


PodCastle has hit a tremendous milestone today, releasing it’s 500th episode “Maiden Mother Crone,” a collaborative story by Ann Leckie and Rachel Swirsky, hosted by Dave Thompson and Anna Schwind, and narrated by Wilson Fowlie — all PodCastle veteran rock stars!

Assistant editor Setsu Uzume gives us the low-down: (Continue Reading…)

Thank you, November Donors and Patrons!


Once a month we want to say a special thank you to the new supporters who keep our servers fed and our shows in your podcatchers week after week.

We’re also continuing to monitor the Patreon situation. It seems every day or two there’s a new statement or promise being made. As we mentioned, we completely understand if you need to change or cancel your pledge there because of their new fees model. Our PayPal and Dwolla options remain available, if those might work for you in the alternative (a huge thank you to those who have told us they’ve switched!). And you won’t miss out on any bonus content – we make sure it’s available to ALL our donors.

A huge thank you to those who joined us in November 2017:

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Patreon Fee Changes


As you’re probably seen by now, Patreon has announced fee structure changes. There’s been a lot of discussion already, especially about the disproportionate damage this will do to $1 level pledges.

We’re reading it all, and paying close attention to what’s being said by our patrons, our colleagues and Patreon themselves.

In the immediate future, we’re going to see how the company responds to the massive backlash against this move and then decide what changes, if any, we’ll need to make. (Please respond, Patreon!) Once we do, as ever, you’ll be the first to know.

In the meantime, it’s business as usual for us. All our supports of ANY LEVEL – whether on Patreon, PayPal, or Dwolla – have access to the secret vault of Premium Content goodies for the rest of the year. If you haven’t received a message about that, drop us a line and we’ll make sure you’re in the know.

And if you need to make changes to your Patreon pledge levels, we completely understand. Thanks to you we hit our $1200 goal a full month earlier than anticipated! But between this announcement and the donation dropoff that usually occurs at the beginning of a new year, we’re going to hold off on announcing our next goal for a bit. There are also plenty of ways you can support us without donating.

Thanks as always for your support!