Speculative Fiction Markets

Escape Pod Calls for Science Fiction Stories – Pays 6 cents/word

Weekly sci-fi podcast and ezine Escape Pod is accepting short science fiction stories. Stories chosen for publication are narrated by professional performers and turned into podcasts for listeners.

Escape PodNorm Sherman, serving as Editor, is reviewing speculative fiction stories, ideally entertaining and humorous. He is open to all subgenres of spec fiction, including space opera, cyberpunk, supernatural, and alternate history. Writers have creative freedom to choose their own story themes. High energy, constructive stories are recommended, along with purposeful pacing, clear-cut characters, immersing dialogue, and unobstructed action.

Word length: 2K-6K words/story.

Payment: Escape Pod pays 6 cents/word (considered pro-rates for this genre). Escape Pod also pays $100/flat rate for reprints. Buys exclusive Electronic Rights.

Deadline: July 31, 2017. If you miss this deadline, Escape Pod will reopen September 1, 2017.

Read updated submission guidelines here

(Note: Escape Pod does not accept horror or fantasy. Submit horror stories to its sister podcast Pseudopod and fantasy stories to PodCastle.


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