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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.

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.

Announcing ESCAPE POD: THE SCIENCE FICTION ANTHOLOGY from Titan Books!


Escape Artists and Titan Books are delighted to announce the upcoming publication of Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the hit podcast of the same name. Featuring new and exclusive stories from today’s bestselling writers, the collection will publish October 2020 and is the latest addition to Titan Books’ award winning anthology list that includes editors such as George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, Mark Morris, Christopher Golden and Rachel Autumn Deering, & Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan.

Escape Pod has been bringing the finest short fiction to millions all over the world, at the forefront of a new fiction revolution. Founded in 2005 by Serah Eley, Escape Pod is the world’s oldest audio fiction podcast and was a Hugo Award finalist in 2017. Specializing in science fiction, the podcast gives its audience a different story each week that’s fun and engaging, with thought-provoking afterwords from its episode hosts.

This anthology gathers together stories from writers such as Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, Mary Robinette Kowal, John Scalzi, and more, including nine works of original fiction. Editors Mur Lafferty and S.B. Divya have produced the science fiction collection of the year, bringing together bestselling authors in celebration of the publishing phenomenon that is Escape Pod.


ESCAPE POD: THE SCIENCE FICTION ANTHOLOGY
9781789095012 | October 20 2020 | Paperback | £8.99/$14.95 | 368pp

2020 Award Season Eligibility Round-up for 2019 Original Fiction


Happy Award Season, everyone! We’ve assembled all the EA eligibility links for your convenience and consideration.

Escape Pod, PodCastle, PseudoPod and Cast of Wonders are eligible in Semiprozine categories, and their editors are eligible in Editor: Short Form categories. Please note our editorial teams prefer to be nominated together on ballots.

Click any image below to be taken directly to a show’s post for a a full list of eligible work:

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