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New Year, New Goals


Hello folks, Alasdair here. It’s the top of the year and, as is always the way with times like this, we’re taking stock and making some changes. Specifically, to what our Patreon goals are.

You can find all the details in our latest post. TL;DR – we’re bringing swag to our Patrons in support of our two new goals. If you support us through PayPal or in any of the millions of other ways, thank you as well — you literally keep the lights on.

It’s those new goals we want to talk about a bit more. Last year was a great year for us, and it’s driven us to think deeper about what we want to be as an organization, what we want to be known for in our industry, and how we want to get there. We’ve achieved a lot more critical recognition this year (for good and for ill), and yes, awards are considered benchmarks of success. We’d love to continue being nominated and maybe win some, but ultimately they’re outside our control.

So we’re focusing our energy on what positive changes we can make to strengthen our editorial voices and Widen the Circle for all.

Goal 1: Eight Cents a Word

As soon as we hit this goal, every show gets to increase the pay rate for original fiction to eight cents a word. This would be amazing not only because authors deserve to be paid better for their writing but because it helps us keep pace with our peers and gives our editorial teams the additional budget they need to attract submissions from and publish the best in their fields.

Goal 2: Pay our Associate Editors

The PoB Scorecard project by Fiyah highlighted that Associate Editors, or ‘slush readers’, are the life blood of our industry. Short fiction markets live and die based on the hard work and dedication of first readers. As genre fiction has deeper conversations about barriers to entry, paying for the labor (emotional and otherwise) involved in the editorial process has also received increased scrutiny.

We want to pay our associate editors. They’re the only members of our teams not currently compensated. That has to stop. Reaching this goal means every single person involved with our shows would be receiving compensation for their time. It’s desperately overdue industry-wide. We want to live our values and bring this level of professionalism to every member of our teams.

 

Your help has made all the different reaching where we are today, and we’re not planning to slow down. Thank you for all you do and continue to do to support us. With your help, we’ll reward the people most deserving of that recognition, help raise the standards industry-wide, and continue to evolve and grow.

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…)