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Multiple Hugo Nominations for EA!


The 2021 Hugo Award finalists have been announced and EA is honored to have picked up multiple nominations!

We are thrilled to announce that Escape Pod is again a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! Congratulations to co-editors S. B. Divya and Mur Lafferty, assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney, producers Summer Brooks and Adam Pracht, co-hosts Tina Connolly and Alasdair Stuart, and the entire Escape Pod team!

Joining them for their first Hugo Award nomination for Best Semiprozine, and on the heels of the British Fantasy Award win, are PodCastle! Massive congratulations to co-editors Jen Albert, C.L. Clark, assistant editor and host Setsu Uzume, producer Peter Behravesh and the entire PodCastle team!

But there’s MORE!

Finally, we’re incredibly happy to see Mur Lafferty and S.B. Divya gain their inaugural Best Editor Short Form nomination, recognizing not only their podcast editorial work but their creation of the Escape Pod 15th Anniversary anthology.

Find a complete list of finalists, and congratulations to them all!

The Hugo Awards will be presented at the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, DisCon III, in December. This event has promised a virtual programming stream for digital attendees as well as a special virtual attendance membership.

Announcing Associate Editor Pay


Two thousand twenty has been a year of extremes. In the first few months, many small companies like us faced dire projections about their future. And as the months wore on, ‘stability was the new growth’ — any creative project that maintained itself was doing well. Focus and energy have been in short supply, and our editorial teams have gone above and beyond to maintain their weekly release schedules.

It has also been a year of remarkable generosity. (Continue Reading…)

PodCastle Nominated for an Ignyte Award!


The finalists for the inaugural Ignyte Awards have been announced, and PodCastle has been nominated for this prestigious accolade! Co-editors Cherae Clark and Jen R. Albert, former co-editor and special editions editor Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, host & assistant editor Setsu Uzumé, and audio producer Peter Adrian Behravesh are finalists in the Best Fiction Podcast category for their work on the podcast.

The Ignyte Awards both broaden and deepen the genre awards scene, including not only short story, novel, and art categories, but also awards for poetry, middle-grade, podcasts, and others — as well as two separate awards that celebrate contributions to genre in the pursuit of inclusiveness and equity. The Ignyte Awards reflect the business models, values, and imagination of the SFFH field, lighting a path of possibility for both new and veteran creators.

We’re excited to be nominated alongside such an amazing group of diverse creators. FIYAH has created a truly wonderful thing in such a short time frame — and they’ve managed to capture perfectly the variety of perspectives that the genre community has to offer. We are so honored.

We would like to extend our deep gratitude to PodCastle’s wonderful listeners, to the Escape Artists group of podcasts, and to the entire PodCastle team, past and present, who work tirelessly to bring you the best of fantasy fiction every week.

The team joins several other wonderful podcasts on the shortlist: NIGHTLIGHT (Tonia Thompson), LeVar Burton Reads (LeVar Burton), Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Editor Scott H. Andrews), and OBSIDIAN (Co-Creators, Producers, and Writers Adetola Abdulkadir & Safiyah Cheatam).

Nominations were sourced from the Ignyte Awards Committee: 15 BIPOC voters on FIYAHCON staff of varying genders, sexualities, cultures, disabilities, and locations throughout the world. Voting is open to the wider SFF community until September 11, 2020. Visit the convention’s website to vote now!

The winners of the 2019 Ignyte Awards will be announced virtually at FIYAHCON, October 17-18, 2020.

Where to Find EA at CoNZealand Fringe


In addition to Worldcon, this year there is a Fringe program of complementary genre fiction programming at European-friendly times outside Worldcon programming hours. All items are being livestreamed on YouTube, so are available either live or can be watched later. Transcripts will also be made available.

You can learn more about #CoNZFringe at its website.

  • Alasdair Stuart will be moderating Fanzines Online: Fan Publications in the Age of Social Media on Tuesday, 28th July at 8 pm BST
  • Marguerite Kenner will be a panellist on Genre Podcasts: Beyond the Basics on Thursday, 31st July at 8pm BST
  • Katherine Inskip will be a panellist on Making Space for the New: How YA Trends Predict Cultural Shifts in SFF on Saturday, 1st August at 8 pm BST

Introducing CatsCast!


The Escape Artists Podcast Network is pleased to announce its newest member: CatsCast!

CatsCast has been releasing weekly episodes since September 2014, featuring cat-centric genre fiction. Editor and host Laura Pearlman presents episode 289 this week, “The Thing in the Basement” by Gerri Leen, narrated by Tina Connolly. Laura is also pleased to announce the results of the 2019 CatsCast audience favorite poll:

“The Cats That Fall on You From Nowhere” was awarded the American Surrealist Society’s coveted Invisible Candle award for “reminding everyone of that Magritte painting with all the men in bowler hats, because he did more than just that one with the pipe, you know”.

Executive Producer Marguerite Kenner added “Laura Pearlman is an unsung hero in the genre fiction world, and we’re delighted to see her editorial skills flourish.”

Be sure to follow CatsCast on Twitter (@CatsCastPod) for cat-related photos, story recommendations, and more.

 

Of course this is an April Fools. Many won’t be in the mood for one this year, and we empathise. But if there’s one thing we know our audience loves, it’s pictures (and audio!) of cats on the internet. We hope this brings you a smile.

Stay home. Stay safe. Wash your paws often.