We are always interested in hearing from potential new readers. We live and die by our variety and strength of the voices we use.

As of November 2015, PodCastle pays narrators for their work. Standard rates are $15 for flash-length stories (under 2000 words) and $30 for short stories between 2000 and 6000 words. Pay rates vary for full-cast readings and for longer works.

Narrators interested in more paid work may also consider auditioning with Strange Horizons, which also compensates readers.

How to Audition:

To audition, please fill out the following survey and attach an audio sample of yourself reading a piece of fiction, 5 minutes or less. Please include a pronunciation of your name in your recording. If you are proficient with any foreign languages or accents, feel free to include them in your demonstration. Our preferred technical specs and reading tips can be found here.

What to expect next:

We will review your recording, and offer you feedback if it's not quite what we're looking for, so you can audition again with a different setup or equipment later. Then your information goes into our narrator database to be used when we are looking for a reader.

Your contact information will also be shared with our sister podcasts (Escape Pod for science fiction, and PseudoPod for horror), as they share our narrator database. Narrations with them are still done on a volunteer (unpaid) basis, but narrator pay will be rolled out with them in the very near future.


When we find a story we'd like you to narrate, we send you a query letter with the text attached and give you a chance to read it and reject it if you're not interested or don't have the time. We try to do this at least 2 months before the due date, although there can be last minute rushes (which you're free to reject).
Ends on September 30, 2017

During the month of September, PodCastle will be looking for submissions to celebrate ARTEMIS RISING, a special month-long event across the Escape Artists podcasts featuring stories by women and nonbinary authors in genre fiction.

Stepping in as guest editor for our fourth annual ARTEMIS RISING event is PodCastle assistant editor Setsu Uzume!


  • Payment at $0.06 per word. Please see our general submission guidelines for details of the rights we purchase and our sample contracts.
  • Original stories only.
  • Word count: 2000 – 6000 words.
  • Submit using Standard Manuscript Format. We accept files in .odt, .rtf, .docx or .doc format (no PDFs).
  • No multiple submissions.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • Submission window runs September 1-30, 2017.

Who Can Submit

Anyone who identifies as a woman, to whatever degree that they do. Nonbinary authors are also welcome and encouraged to submit stories.

As always, we at PodCastle strongly encourage submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional fantasy fiction, including, but not limited to, people of color, LGBTQIA authors, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States. Our goal is to publish fantasy that reflects the diversity of the human race, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.

What to Submit

Send in your best original fantasy fiction between 2,000 – 6,000 words.

You can send PodCastle one submission for ARTEMIS RISING. If we have another story under consideration already in the general submissions queue, we’d be happy to consider an additional story for ARTEMIS RISING.

While we’ll be accepting a limited number of stories for ARTEMIS RISING, all stories will be considered for regular PodCastle too.

How to Submit

Our Submittable portal will be open for ARTEMIS RISING stories September 1st through September 30th.

Prepare your manuscript in something approximating Standard Manuscript Format. We accept files formatted in .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt.

In your cover letter, please include your legal name (for contract purposes), byline (if different from your legal name), mailing address, and the story’s approximate word count. If you have any previous publications, feel free to list the most recent three, but this is optional and won’t affect your story’s consideration.

Once you’ve sent us your story, you will receive an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you have not received this confirmation within 24 hours.


By sending us your story you understand and agree that:

  1. You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;
  2. You are the copyright holder of the work;
  3. You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to the work;
  4. All information in the contact and cover sections of your submission is accurate and truthful;
  5. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us; and
  6. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will sign your contract and accept your payment on your behalf.


If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, send them to editor@podcastle.org. We’ll do our best to get back to you within a few days.

We look forward to reading your fiction!


Setsu Uzume, Guest Editor 

And the PodCastle team