The Original Science Fiction Podcast & Magazine
This is an abbreviated version of our guidelines. For additional details, see our full submission guidelines.
Please use Standard Manuscript Format, but with all identifying information removed as described below under Anonymous Submissions. We prefer italics represented as actual italics, not underlines – but that is a preference, not a requirement, and will not affect our decisions.
For original fiction: 1,500-6,000 words (sweet spot: 2000-4000)
For reprints ONLY: 1,500-7,500 words (sweet spot: any)
These are firm limits.
We publish original and reprint short fiction. We do not accept poetry, serialized fiction, novel excerpts, or non-fiction. Please see our full submission guidelines for additional details on the kinds of stories we prefer, which includes limitations on formatting and content.
Payment: USD $0.08 per word for original fiction. USD $100 per story for reprint fiction. We are a SFWA qualifying market for original fiction.
Anonymous Submissions: No identifying information should appear on your manuscript. We use anonymized submissions for our associate editors. Upper-level editors will read your submission-form information and cover letter, including any diversity statement. Failure to anonymize the manuscript will not cause us to automatically reject your story, but failure to read and follow our guidelines may affect our decisions.
Diversity: Escape Pod welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional SF publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQIA or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities or non-religious people, and writers from outside the United States. When in doubt, please don’t self-reject. We appreciate you entrusting us with your stories. If you identify as part of these or other underrepresented groups, we welcome and encourage you to indicate so when you send us your story. We acknowledge the reality of unconscious bias and will make our best efforts to account for it during the editorial review process. Our goal is to publish fiction that reflects the diversity of the human experience.
Cover letters: We prefer a short cover letter that includes only:
We recommend minimizing the amount of time you spend developing your cover letter. We read every story we receive, so we don’t need to see summaries or pitches.
Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions: Escape Pod does not accept multiple submissions (i.e., more than one story at a time from the same author) or simultaneous submissions (i.e., submitting the same story to Escape Pod and one or more other markets at the same time).
Resubmissions: If we reject a story, please do not submit it again (even if revised) unless we explicitly request a resubmission.
Submission Windows: Escape Pod usually remains open for submissions year-round, except for a break during the northern hemisphere summer.
Legalese: By sending us your story you understand and agree that: