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EA Audience Survey

Audience Survey


Hello everyone!  Escape Artists is so excited to announce that we are running our first ever audience survey from November 15th to 30th! 

We are interested in learning more about you, our audience, including how you engage with our shows, your access needs, what content you enjoy and want to see more of, and how you think we could be doing better. We hope to evaluate and improve how we create our episodes, benchmark our diversity/equity/inclusion progress, and tell potential sponsors/advertisers about our audience.

The survey is anonymous and takes under 5 minutes to complete, and you have the chance to enter a draw to win an EA SWAG BAG full of incredible EA merchandise!

Thank you, as always, for your incredible support, and we can’t wait to hear from you!

British Fantasy Award Nominations Across EA!


Congratulations to the finalists of the 2022 British Fantasy Awards! Here at EA we’re especially honored to recognize:

  • Award-winning genre fiction podcasts PseudoPod and PodCastle return as Best Audio award finalists!
  • Escape Pod assistant Premee Mohamed received nominations for her horror novel A Broken Darkness, and her novella These Lifeless Things!
  • PodCastle editor Shingai Njeri Kagunda‘s novella & This is How to Stay Alive is a Best Novella finalist!
  • EA alums C.L. Clark and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki also picked up nominations.
  • And finally, join us in congratulating Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner’s weekly pop culture newsletter, The Full Lid, for its Best Nonfiction nomination!

The British Fantasy Society Awards will be presented at Fantasycon on the evening of Saturday, September 17th at the Radisson Red Hotel and Conference Centre, Heathrow.

Hugo Nominations!


The 2022 Hugo Award finalists have been announced and EA is honored to have picked up multiple nominations!

We are thrilled to announce that both Escape Pod and PodCastle are again finalists for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine!

Congratulations to both teams:

  • Escape Pod editors S.B. Divya, Mur Lafferty, and Valerie Valdes, assistant editors Benjamin C. Kinney and Premee Mohamed, guest editor Brent C. Lambert, hosts Tina Connolly and Alasdair Stuart, audio producers Summer Brooks and Adam Pracht, and the entire Escape Pod team.
  • PodCastle editors Jen R. Albert, C.L. Clark, Shingai Njeri Kagunda, and Eleanor R. Wood, assistant editors Sofia Barker and Summer Fletcher, host Matt Dovey, audio producer Peter Behravesh, and the entire PodCastle team.

We’re also thrilled to see both Mur Lafferty and S.B. Divya return to the Best Editor Short Form category!

But there’s MORE!

The complete list of finalists is available at the Chicon 8 website – congratulations to them all!

The Hugo Awards will be presented at the 80th World Science Fiction Convention, Chicon 8, on Sunday, September 4th in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Attending members are eligible to vote in the Hugo Awards (learn more about membership options).

Paying It Forward


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Announcing WITCHING HOUR


Escape Artists are very proud to announce their audio drama debut, WITCHING HOUR. This hour-long special will release at midnight, Sunday October 31st for your Halloween audio entertainment, across all four EA podcasts.

Set during 2021’s unique Halloween ‘witching hour’, this alternate PseudoPod is at the centre of a multiverse-threatening ritual. PseudoPod Towers are manifesting across the globe, and its up to the audio drama horror community to unite and save the day.

WITCHING HOUR is an audio drama and audio fiction collaboration featuring contributions from CreepyPod, The Magnus Archives, Neighbourly, NightlightThe Secret of St. Kilda, The Storage Papers, and Unwell.

Written by Ash Beker, Summer Fletcher and Alasdair Stuart, WITCHING HOUR stars audio drama legends Imogen Harris and Alasdair Stuart and features performances by Peter Behravesh Scott Campbell, Kat Day, Graeme Dunlop, Wilson Fowlie, Shawn Garrett, Alex Hofelich, Mur Lafferty, Marty Perrett, MM Schill and Kaitlyn Zivanovich.

Directed and executive production by Marguerite Kenner with producer Ciaran Roberts, sound design and editing by Ryan Boyd and Peter Wood, and graphics by Matt Dovey.

WITCHING HOUR has headline content warnings for death & dying; horror themes; mental health & trauma; sound effects; socio-political themes; violence; swearing, blasphemy, and innuendo. Detailed content warnings will be available behind a spoiler tag when the episode launches. To learn more about how we use content warnings, visit https://tinyurl.com/BedtimeStoriesCW. Full text of the episode will be available at launch, along with a downloadable PDF transcript.

2021 British Fantasy Awards Best Audio Finalists PseudoPod and PodCastle

EA Receives British Fantasy Award Nominations Once Again!


Another year, another amazing group of BRITISH FANTASY AWARD NOMINATIONS!

  • Award-winning genre fiction podcasts PseudoPod and PodCastle return to the British Fantasy Society Best Audio award as 2021 finalists.
  • Additionally, John Wiswell’s 8-Bit Free Will (PodCastle 654), has been nominated for Best Short Fiction!
  • Continuing the good news train, our very own Escape Pod’s Premee Mohamed’s novel Beneath the Rising has received a nomination for Best Horror Novel!
  • And finally, join us in congratulating Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner’s weekly pop culture newsletter, The Full Lid, for its Best Nonfiction nomination!

The British Fantasy Society Awards will be presented at Fantasycon in (COVID willing) Birmingham, England in September.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

PodCastle is an Aurora Award finalist!


Congratulations to Jen R. Albert, Cherea Clark, Setsu Uzume, Peter Behravesh, and the entire PodCastle team for their Aurora Award nomination for Best Related Work! 

EA also extends its congratulations to

  • Premee Mohamed for BENEATH THE RISING as a Best Novel finalist, and
  • Jen R. Albert for the ephemera reading series as a Best Related Fan Work finalist

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

The Aurora Awards will be presented via a virtual ceremony during Can-Con in Ottawa on 16 October, 2021. Voting begins 31 July, 2021 and closes at 11:59 pm EDT on September 4, 2021.

The Aurora awards are voted on by the members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA), a national registered non-profit society.  Membership is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents for just $10 per calendar year.  The finalists are all Canadians who were nominated by our members for original works done in 2020.

Ignyte Awards nominations!


The 2021 Ignyte Awards finalist have been announced, and EA is honored to have returned to the the Best Fiction Podcast list with both PodCastle and Escape Pod!

Congratulations to Jen R. Albert, Cherea Clark, Setsu Uzume, Peter Behravesh, S.B. Divya, Mur Lafferty, Benjamin C. Kinney, Summer Brooks, Adam Pracht, Tina Connolly, Alasdair Stuart, and the entirety of the Escape Pod and PodCastle teams!

This marks the second year in a row PodCastle has been a finalist.

  • Cherae Clark for their Best Short Story nomination for “You Perfect, Broken Thing”
  • Justin C. Key for his Best Novelette nomination for ONE HAND IN THE COFFIN
  • and EA alums Darcie Little Badger, Eboni J. Dunbar, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, and Zin E. Rocklyn for their nominations!

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

The 2021 #IgnyteAwards are open for public voting from now through May 21st, and will be presented on September 18th as part of #FIYAHCON2021.