Congratulations also to EA alums Darcie Little Badger and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki for their wins, Troy L Wiggins for his Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award, and all the winners and finalists.
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The 2022 Ignyte Awards finalists have been announced, and EA is honored to have returned to the Best Fiction Podcast list with three finalists — PodCastle, Escape Pod, and PseudoPod!
Congratulations to Shingai Njeri Kagunda, Eleanor Wood, Sofia Barker, Matt Dovey, Peter Behravesh, Jen R. Albert, Cherae Clark, Summer Fletcher, S.B. Divya, Mur Lafferty, Valerie Valdes, Benjamin C. Kinney, Premee Mohamed, Summer Brooks, Adam Pracht, Tina Connolly, Alasdair Stuart, Shawn Garrett, Alex Hofelich, Kat Day, Karen Menzel, Chelsea Davis, Marty Perrett and the entirety of the Escape Pod*, PseudoPod, and PodCastle teams!
This marks PodCastle’s third and Escape Pod’s second years in a row as Ignyte finalists.
Congratulations also to Shingai Njeri Kagunda for her Best Novella nomination for And This is How to Stay Alive, along with EA alums Cherae Clark, Darcie Little Badger, Zin E. Rocklyn, and Troy L. Wiggins for their nominations!
Congratulations to all of the brilliant finalists!
The 2022 #IgnyteAwards are open for public voting from now through June 10th, and will be presented on September 17th.
*2021 Escape Pod guest editor Brent C. Lambert is a member of the administration team for the Ignyte Award. To avoid any conflict and with his agreement, he has not been listed for this nomination. However the Escape Pod team absolutely feel his work contributed to Escape Pod’s 2021 success (such as its Hugo nomination that includes his name), and thank him for his grace and humility.
EA stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine and their right to freedom, justice, equality and self-determination.
We encourage everyone to educate themselves with vetted and trusted sources like decolonizepalestine.com, and to support the Palestinian people’s calls for social media exposure and protest tactics such as the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions movement.
We also want to call out the special Palestine Issue by Strange Horizons, and request that all our fellow publications and podcasts take this moment to support and highlight Palestinian creators and contributors.
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.
- 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
(Alasdair) Hi everyone, Alasdair here.
We’re not going to ask how you are right now, because we have a pretty good idea. You’re fine. You’re FINE. You’re the same version of fine as everyone right now, the one Aerosmith sang about. The one where you’re alternately anxious, terrified, furious and calm.
We empathise. We’re the same. (Continue Reading…)
One of the challenges of being a positively ancient podcasting company by modern standards is the pace at which technology and common practice advance. We’re currently retrofitting swaths of our back catalogs to bring them up to modern standards, including SSL certificates. Unfortunately, some podcatchers are interpreting this as the episodes being ‘new’ and pushing them to audience feeds.
EA passionately supports the empowerment of artists. We believe in Kickstarter as a platform that helps achieve that goal for many independent creators. And we also disagree with and condemn Kickstarter’s anti-union behavior.
In solidarity with Kickstarter United‘s request to not penalize campaigns because of the company’s stance, we’ll continue to both signal boost projects we’re excited by and closely monitor the situation.
Award-winning genre fiction podcasts PseudoPod and PodCastle have made the shortlist for the British Fantasy Society Best Audio award. The award, which debuted in 2018, went to the BBC audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys. PseudoPod was also a finalist that inaugural year.
We’re incredibly happy to see the hard work of our editorial teams recognized, especially by an award such as this. It speaks very highly of the BFS’ willingness to engage with the future of the industry that the Best Audio award exists and we’re honored to be on the shortlist.
Also join us in congratulating Alasdair’s weekly pop culture newsletter, The Full Lid, for its Best Nonfiction nomination!
The British Fantasy Awards are presented each year at Fantasycon which takes place in Glasgow, Scotland October 18th – 20th, 2019.
The Escape Artists forums will be under construction throughout the summer. We’ll reopen with a new look and streamlined threads so that your comments and questions get seen by podcast staff as well as other fans.
The forum will continue to be home to our flash fiction contests and all of the existing content will be archived and searchable.
In the meantime, please pardon our dust. We’ll keep the conversation rolling over on our supporter-exclusive Discord. We’d love to chat with you there – join instantly when you support us on Patreon.