The short fiction industry has changed a great deal since Escape Pod launched in 2005. There are widespread misconceptions about audio publication in general, and EA in particular.

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Escape Artists Inc. (or ‘EA’) is a media production company. We publish four free weekly audio fiction podcasts, work with partners such as Titan Books to publish print and digital anthologies, and create video content on platforms like Twitch.

From 2015 to 2017, we published the six issue digital magazine Mothership Zeta.


That’s the Hugo-nominated Escape Pod; we publish them.

Nope! They’re also called Escape Artists, though. And they produced one of our favorite movies. You can find them here.

From an editorial perspective, yes. Each show has their own staff and controls their own submission windows and story decisions.

As their publisher, EA manages areas where efficiency between shows makes a difference. Things like a central contracting team, event attendance, and our EA-wide events like Artemis Rising.

Not true! When Escape Pod was launched in 2005 its goal was to create a reprint market for short science fiction. In those days if you didn’t subscribe to a print magazine, chances were you’d never get another chance to read the stories it contained. PseudoPod and PodCastle followed Escape Pod’s lead, and for many years our markets focused on reprints as a way of introducing their growing audiences to great fiction and the developing podcast distribution method.

But over the last few years EA has shifted towards more original fiction. The Artemis Rising original fiction showcase is a great example. Each show takes their own approach in terms of balancing new and reprint fiction, driven primarily by their budgets. More supports means larger editorial budgets means more original fiction.

All four EA podcasts are SFWA qualified short fiction markets, and pay $0.08/word for original fiction of any length, inline with the SFWA rate increase that took place in September 2019.

Are there other magazines that have higher per-word rates? Yes – but do they have a combined half a million average monthly listeners? That’s our unique selling point.

There are many other genre short fiction markets that pay lower rates, fixed rates, token payments, or not at all. We consider ourselves middle of the pack, and the rights we request in our contracts reflect this. We request only what we use, ask for industry-standard exclusivity periods, and give up front carve-outs for annual ‘best of’ and award anthologies. This is in line with best practice for the genre short fiction industry.

Definitely not true! Ratified in 2015 and passed in 2016, the ‘A Story by Any Other Name’ amendment to the World Science Fiction Society’s bylaws makes it clear that a work is eligible in the category appropriate to its length, regardless of publication format (including digital publication and audio):

Section 3.2.6: the categories of Best Novel, Novella, Novelette, and Short Story shall be open to works in which the text is the primary form of communication, regardless of the publication medium, including but not limited to physical print, audiobook, and ebook.

For example:

  • Escape Pod was the very first Hugo-nominated semiprozine podcast in 2018, and nominated a second time in 2020.
  • PodCastle is the first podcast nominated for the World Fantasy Special Award – Non-Professional category

Plus, podcast stories have featured in multiple ‘best of’ anthologies and other prestigious awards. Nino Cipri’s “Opals and Clay” (originally published as PodCastle episode 402) was a 2016 Finalist in the James Tiptree Jr. award, and L’Erin Ogle’s “The Coven of Dead Girls” (originally published as PseudoPod episode 651) was selected for The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror in 2019.

True – 2400 and counting! But every episode is someone’s first, just like every issue of a magazine you pick up might be your first introduction to that market.

Each of our shows publish a new listener’s guide if you want to start with the editors’ favorites, and each has extensive submissions guidelines to help you understand what kind of stories they want to publish. Check our Markets page for links.

Try loading up the latest (free!) episode or and starting there, or head to our forum to read how others commented on a particular episode.

Alasdair Stuart (he/him) is the co-owner of EA, along with Marguerite Kenner.

A professional enthusiast, pop culture analyst, and writer, Alasdair is a two-time Hugo Finalist for Best Fan Writer, and a British Fantasy Society Best Non-fiction finalist for his weekly pop culture newsletter The Full Lid.

His nonfiction can be found at numerous genre and pop culture venues, including regular columns at the Hugo Award-winning Ditch Diggers and Fox Spirit Books. His game writing includes ENie-nominated work on the Doctor Who RPG and After The War from Genesis of Legend.

He co-owns the Escape Artists Podcast Network and hosts their horror podcast, PseudoPodalong with the Hugo Award nominated science fiction podcast, Escape Pod. He is a frequent guest and presenter on podcasts, with voice acting credits including the 2019 AudioVerse Award-winning The Magnus Archives.

His second collection of expanded essays from PseudoPod, The PseudoPod Tapes Volume 2: Approach with Caution, is available from Fox Spirit Books.

A frequent awards judge including the Arthur C. Clarke, The Kitschies, Brave New Words and the BFS, he blogs at www.alasdairstuart.com and is on Twitter @AlasdairStuart.

Please don’t do that.

Alasdair is EA’s owner and publisher, but he’s not on any editorial teams.

His job involves helping the shows do awesome things, steering EA towards the future, being involved with the genre fiction community, and hosting both PseudoPod and at Escape Pod. He’s a frequent guest on other podcasts, appears regularly at conventions, and works with many different genre award organizations and associations.

In other words, his roles don’t involve selecting individual stories. Sending him your story won’t have any impact on whether or not it gets published.

Marguerite Kenner (she/her) is the co-owner of EA, along with Alasdair Stuart. She was the editor of Cast of Wonders from 2013 – 2019.

Marguerite Kenner is a native Californian who has forsaken sunny paradise to live with her partner, Alasdair Stuart, in a UK city named after her favorite pastime but pronounced differently.

She’s an experienced multi-tasker, managing her time between being a technology lawyer, co-owner of Escape Artists, educating creatives about business skills, and studying popular culture (i.e. going to movies, playing video games, and curling up with a really good book).

You can follow her adventures on Twitter.

We’ve been donation driven since 2005 with the generous support of our audience and fans.

Mothership Zeta‘s issues are available for sale – check them out on Amazon or directly from EA via PayHip.

Pick up PseudoPod’s 10th anniversary anthology, For Mortal Things Unsung.

Yeah! Absolutely it is!

We’re a donation-funded company that gives away its content and publishes boundary-challenging genre fiction in a period of political and cultural turmoil. You bet it’s precarious.

The one part of our job we hate is that we’re always strapped for cash. But you can help us. Check out our donation options to the right, including Patreon, PayPal and Ko-fi.

Great question! The short version is either: each method has about the same cost to us.

  • If you prefer an interactive donor experience, and want to receive regular news and behind-the-scenes bonus content, head to Patreon. You’ll get access to a personal RSS feed of occasional non-fiction content by Alasdair Stuart and Karen Bovenmyer.
  • If you’d rather set up a monthly or annual subscription that will take care of itself, PayPal is your best bet. Pick one of the drop-down options to the right. If none of them are quite right for you, choose the ‘Donate via Credit/Debit’ to go to PayPal and enter your own (just be sure to tick the ‘Make this a monthly donation’ box). Need help, just drop us a line.
  • If a one-off donation is what you’re after, hit the ‘Donate via Credit/Debit’ button.

Thank you for your support!

Special thanks to donor Paul Cahill-Britton for this addition!

Patreon does collect VAT on donations made by Patrons subject to the scheme. Patreon collects this tax on top of the stated donation amount, and reports it on our behalf.

So for example, if you’re a UK supporter at the $10/month level, Patreon would charge you 20% VAT as well, and collect $12. We receive $10, before Patreon takes its percentage.

This article gives more detail if you’re interested.

From PayPal’s Help Center (April 2019):

Here’s how to change the way you pay for automatic payments:

  1. Login to PayPal.
  2. Click the Settings icon.
  3. Click Payments.
  4. Click Manage automatic payments under “Automatic payments.”
  5. Click the name of the merchant for the agreement you want to change.
  6. Under “Payment method,” click Change next to the funding source you’re looking to change.

If you have a balance with PayPal, then it is always the first payment method we use to pay a Billing Agreement.

If that doesn’t work, check the links to the right to set up a new PayPal subscription at your desired level (and thank you!). Make sure to tick the ‘Make this a monthly donation’ box if you’re not using the drop-down options. Then, log into your PayPal account and cancel the old subscription (we can’t cancel it from our end).

We wish we knew! We’ve never suspended a subscription; as far as we can tell, this is what PayPal calls it when it encounter difficulty processing a payment. Lots of things can cause this, like insufficient PayPal balance, an expired debit or credit card.

We can’t correct the issue on our end — ‘suspended’ means ‘cancelled’. You’ll need to set up a new PayPal subscription, or consider supporting us through a different method, like Patreon or Ko-fi.

We’d LOVE to hear from PayPal on this issue; our queries have gone unanswered. If you know more please let us know!

No worries! We happily accept checks if that’s easier for you. You can mail them to the following address:

Escape Artists Inc.
Post Office Box 83
Woodstock, Georgia 30188

If you have another method you prefer, drop us a line.

And thank you!

Thank you for asking! There are lots of other ways you can support us:

  • Leave us a review and rate us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, YouTube, Spotify, or wherever you download episodes.
  • Review For Mortal Things Unsung, the PseudoPod 10th anniversary anthology, on Amazon, Goodreads or Smashwords.
  • Share our episodes with your friends and family, and on social media. All of our shows are on Twitter and Facebook. Signal boosts are always appreciated, both by us and the fantastic creators involved!
  • Contribute fan art to our Instagram!
  • Do you organize a convention or fiction event, have a book coming out, or a product that might interest our listeners? Consider advertising with us.
  • Consider our shows and the stories they publish for awards, and include them in award eligibility and consideration resources. This benefits our authors as well – everyone wins!
  • Want to volunteer, or have a skill set you think would help? Let us know!

Each of our shows has a full Press Kit with images ready and waiting for you. Check our Markets page for direct links.

Find magazine aspect ratio images for all four shows in this zip file.

Print-quality artwork is available upon request.

EA is not currently holding general auditions for narrators. Each of our shows will advertise if they’re seeking particular voices for a story on their social media accounts, so following those is the quickest way to learn about specific needs.

Each EA podcast has editorial autonomy, and independently recruit for their associate reader teams. Your best bet is to follow the social media accounts for the show you’re interested in joining, or contacting their editorial team directly.

Slush reading roles are currently unpaid; our latest Patreon goal is to pay our associate editors – the last unpaid role within our organization.

Just click on the magnifying glass icon, underneath the social media buttons, in the top right corner of each site:

All the episodes in our back catalog are available to stream or download from our website, and always will be.

Podcatchers (like Apple Podcasts) only go backwards so far, due to their own space limitations — usually around 300 episodes!

If you use something like podget or mashpodder that is based on wget, this might solve the problem:

Modify the –user-agent parameter for wget to be blank or a specific agent. For example: –user-agent=”” or –user-agent=”Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/38.0.2125.111 Safari/537.36″

Huge thanks to the EA forum community for providing this solution.

If you use something like podget or mashpodder that is based on wget, this might solve the problem:

Modify the –user-agent parameter for wget to be blank or a specific agent. For example: –user-agent=”” or –user-agent=”Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/38.0.2125.111 Safari/537.36″

Huge thanks to the EA forum community for providing this solution.

Currently, there’s no easy way to get past episodes in bulk. We don’t maintain an authorized Torrent, but the podcast feeds contain the most recent 300 episodes.

But watch this space – we’re working on a way to make our back catalog a whole lot more accessible to our listeners.

EA marks several impressive achievements reached by its staff, authors and narrators. They are:

  • Escapologist – an author whose first SFWA-qualifying genre fiction sale was with an EA market
  • Prestidigitator – a Flash Fiction Contest winner
  • Worldwalker – an author published on all four podcasts (formerly called a Hat Trick)
  • Storyteller – someone who has narrated for all four podcasts
  • Cicerone – someone who has hosted episodes on all four podcasts

And finally, the Virtuoso (formerly the Grand Slam) – this polymath has been published by, narrated for, and hosted episodes at each and every EA podcast.