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Congratulations to Alasdair Stuart, Best Fan Writer Hugo Finalist!


Hugo nominations have just been announced and we have an Escape Artist on the short lists, folks! Our very own co-owner, boss, keeper of the big red button and PseudoPod host, Alasdair Stuart is a finalist for the Best Fan Writer award!

Best Fan Writer is for work published in print or digitally for semiprozines, fanzines or generally available electronica media. Which is pretty much the part of Alasdair’s day job that isn’t Escape Artists so it’s great to see him make the list. Congratulations, boss!

The 78th World Science Fiction Convention will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 15th to 19th August this year. The awards will be handed out there and Escape Artists will be present for the whole weekend so do come say hello. More details to follow.

If You Stand for Nothing, What’ll You Fall For?


This is not the Parsec Awards blog post we began writing a few days ago.

In light of recent events, Escape Artists is declining its 2018 Parsec wins.

Escape Pod, edited by Mur Lafferty and S. B. Divya, won Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast.

PodCastle, edited by Jen R. Albert and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali won Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form) for its production of “Six Jobs” by Tim Pratt, narrated by Stephanie Malia Morris.

EA co-owners Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner have been in consultation with both editorial teams and Mr. Pratt, and we have unanimously decided to reject both awards. We also reached out to Ms. Morris, but have not head back from her as of the time of this post.

Update 21 December: Ms. Morris also agrees with this decision, as mentioned on Twitter.

While this decision was easy to make given the circumstances, it was not made lightly. Genre podcasting is a small, intensive field, and countless people pour their efforts into these shows. We would specifically like to single out the editorial teams already mentioned in addition to hosts and assistant editors Setsu Uzume, Benjamin C. Kinney, and Tina Connolly as well as producers Peter Wood, Peter Behravesh, Adam Pracht, and Summer Brooks. Without them and the legions of other people working at every level of EA, these episodes would not exist. We would love for their hard work to be recognized and rewarded, as it richly deserves to be.

But in the current state of affairs, that can’t happen. The systemic failure of care that has taken place with this year’s Parsec Awards can’t go unanswered and this is one of the strongest ways we can express our displeasure.

No one should be made to feel unsafe or threatened. It’s maddening that such a simple concept should still be considered a stance and not embedded in the foundations of every single organization. No situation involving a group of people is apolitical; to claim to act in such a way as justification for a lack of forethought is willful ignorance.

This is also a situation which puts astonishingly unfair pressure on every winner. We empathize with our colleagues placed in this situation and offer them all our solidarity, respect, and sympathies. We share the sentiments of Pendant Audio and thank the victims for their bravery in coming forward.

We choose to stand with our inclusive podcasting community. We wish the Parsec Awards had chosen to stand there as well.

Parsec Wins for Escape Pod and PodCastle!


PodCastle and Escape Pod swept up two of this year’s Parsec Awards, with Escape Pod winning Best Magazine, and PodCastle taking home Best Short Story (Small Cast, Short Form) for “Six Jobs” by Tim Pratt, narrated by Stephanie Malia Morris with host Setsu Uzume and producer Peter Wood.

The short story category was particularly excellent this year, featuring two PodCastle stories as well as a Cast of Wonders story as finalists.

Massive congratulations to all the finalists and winners!

Scam alert: Audrie Stroud


We’ve become aware that this individual is contacting artists and authors claiming to be a “creative editor and sourcer” for Escape Artists. The email we’re aware of requested the recipient’s freelance rates, and offered a permanent, full time position.

We do not know who this individual is, and they are not acting in our name. We’re disgusted our name is being hijacked in such a manner, and our hearts go out to any creatives contacted.

If you’ve received a similar message from this person, or a similar sounding request, please get in touch.

 

Jen R Albert and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali are World Fantasy nominees!


Massive congratulations to Jen and Khaalidah for their nomination in the Special Award – Non-Professional category for PodCastle!

Nominations were sourced from members of the current year’s convention, as well as the previous two years attendees and a panel of judges. This year’s award judges are David Anthony Durham, Christopher Golden, Juliet E. McKenna, Charles Vess, and Kaaron Warren.

The winners of the 2018 World Fantasy Awards will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention, November 1-4, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

PseudoPod shortlisted for a British Fantasy Society Award!


Following two rounds of nomination and voting from the members of the British Fantasy Society and FantasyCon, The British Fantasy Awards has reached its final jury stage.

PseudoPod has been shortlisted in the inaugural year of the Best Audio category!

Winners will be announced on 21 October 2018 at FantasyCon, the BFS annual convention.

Congratulations to Alex Hofelich, Shawn Garrett, Alasdair Stuart, Chelsea Davis, Marty Perrett and the entire PseudoPod team!

Thank you, April supporters!


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.

And a special shout-out to our first monthly drawing winner, Mallory Vance, who will receive a personalized reading or podcast listening recommendation by Alasdair Stuart.

A huge thank you to those who joined us in April 2018: (Continue Reading…)

Artemis Rising 4 cover art reveal


This year’s fantastic cover is by Geneva Benton, whose work you’ve probably seen on Fiyah’s incredible 2017 covers. Check out their interview with her. Layout by PodCastle’s own Matt Dovey.

Geneva is a self-taught illustrator from North Carolina, who loves working with colors, big hair, and drawing whimsy with a touch of realism and happiness. Her work has appeared in magazines, novels, editorial and advertising campaigns. You can find her most often on Instagram.

Need some swag? Geneva has you covered:

2017 Award Eligibility Round-up


Today’s the last day for Nebula nominations and the Hugo nomination portal is open now! For your convenience and consideration, we’ve assembled all the EA eligibility posts for you, Avengers-style!

Each of our shows are eligible in Semiprozine categories, and their editor(s) are eligible in Editor: Short Form categories. Click any image to be taken directly to each show’s list of 2018 original publications.

And don’t forget our own talented EA family! Many of their individual eligibility posts are available here: