Archive for Announcements

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.


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.

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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Regarding Narrator Pay

Recently, on a Twitter call for a specific narrator, discussion broke out regarding the rate of pay we offer narrators. All four podcasts currently pay $30 for short stories, around 12-40 minutes of finished audio ($15 for flash fiction). A professional voice actor pointed out that current union and non-union rates for audiobooks from the Global Voice Acting Academy are around $200-$300 PFH (per finished hour): (Continue Reading…)

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.