Ends on April 30, 2019

PodCastle Flash Fiction Contest, 2019 — Submission Rules

This special Flash Fiction Contest submittable portal will be open from 00:01 EST on 15 April and close at 23:59 EST on 30 April. When the portal disappears, submissions are formally closed and will not reopen.

In order to be a valid submission to the contest, each story must adhere to the following rules:

1. The story must be no more than 500 words long, not including the title. Do not use the title to skirt around the word count. Word count will be determined using Google Docs.   

2. The story must adhere to the general PodCastle submission guidelines. Most importantly, it needs to be a fantasy story; other genres are discouraged, but crossover stories with strong fantasy elements will be permitted. As a general rule, we will take a very liberal view of what constitutes fantasy and will accept all subgenres, but authors should note that past experience shows that stories which attempt to skirt the genre restriction tend to fare badly in the voting.

3. The story must be original and previously unpublished. Stories will be posted on a members-only portion of the forum, so first publication rights will not be spent if your story does not win.

The person submitting the story must be the story's author (or acting for the author with express permission) and hold full publishing rights to the story.

If you are not sure whether your story counts as published or not, please write a query to editor@podcastle.org with the subject line "QUERY" and ask before submitting. Please do not submit stories that have been entries in a previous Escape Artists contest.

4. Each author may submit ONE story to the contest. Note that this is a change from previous contests.

5. The story should be submitted in its final form, as the author intends it to be read by the voting public. If you must fix an error while the April submission window is still open, you may withdraw your submission and resubmit it through Submittable. Changes to entires will not be permitted once the Submittable portal is closed. 

6. Included the attached submission should be the title and the text of your story. Any byline will be stripped when the stories are posted in the contest and will be revealed when either the story fails to advance, or it ultimately wins. 

7. The top three winning stories will be published las part of a flash fiction episode PodCastle to air in the fall. Each of the three winning authors will be awarded $30 for their flash piece (a minimum of $0.06 per word). In past contests, the editors have sometimes approached authors of additional stories and purchased them as well. This may or may not happen this time, at the editors' discretion.

8. Authors under 18 are welcome. By submitting, any author under 18 asserts they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian with whom Escape Artists, Inc. can enter into a contract on behalf of the author.

9. Entries in the contest will be judged completely anonymously, with all authors on equal footing regardless of whether or not they are already published elsewhere or if they have any association with EA. In the interest of transparency, the following people have access to the submission portal, and can see the names of authors (and therefore are prohibited from participating in the contest in any capacity): Jen Albert, Cherae Clark, Setsu Uzume, Craig Jackson (Ocicat), and Graeme Dunlop. Note that staff on EA's other podcasts, and other forum moderators, have no access to this information and may choose to participate if they wish.