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Flash Fiction



PodCastle is a weekly fantasy podcast producing audio performances of fantasy short fiction, including all the sub-genres of fantasy, such as magical realism, urban fantasy, slipstream, high fantasy, and dark fantasy.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    3 months*
    Editor reported data
    19 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Pays$0.08 per word

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 1500

Max words: 6000

Max pieces: 2

Sub Genres: Fantasy, Magical Realism

Payment: $ 0.08 per word

Short fiction. Our “sweet spot” for story length is between 3,000 and 4,000 words.

Fiction - 1500 words max

Max words: 1500

Sub Genres: Literary

Flash fiction


Max words: 6000

Max pieces: 2

Payment: $ 0.08 per word

Translations of stories into English are welcome.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Standard Manuscript Format, with the exception that we do not require your home address or telephone number on the document.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We use the Standard Manuscript Format, with the exception that we do not require your home address or telephone number on the document. We accept files in .rtf, .docx, or .doc format.

  • Author's rights

    PodCastle publishes stories in both text and audio. You indicating both are available when you submit your story. We ask for 4 months exclusivity for text and audio for original stories, and 4 months audio exclusivity for reprints. We are happy to receive previously-podcasted stories; this just means don’t re-pod the story until 4 months after publication with PodCastle. We distribute under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. Briefly, this means that the entire world has permission to distribute the audio files for free, provided they give credit for it, don’t try to make money off of it, and don’t change it in any way. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it beyond fair use, and mashing it up are all prohibited. This license applies only to our audio performance of your work, for which we’ve contracted and paid you. It does not apply to your story itself; you retain your copyright and all rights to any other use of the story.

  • Additional info

    PodCastle is looking for fantasy stories. We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional publishing, including, but not limited to, women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States. Reprints are welcome and encouraged. Submissions: you are permitted to submit one (1) original story and one (1) reprint at any given time, thus you may have two (2) stories under active consideration at a time.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

19 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

0 days

Fastest response time

87 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 3748 days, 3296 days, 3040 days, 4818 days, 3183 days

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12-month average acceptance rate

19 days

12-month average response time

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PodCastle has released hundreds of stories, whose authors include Peter S. Beagle, Natalia Theodoridou, Jeff VanderMeer, N.K. Jemisin, Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, Scott Lynch and Ken Liu. We pay our authors and narrators, but we will always be 100% free for you. We are supported through listener donations a...

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    Editor Shingai Njeri Kagunda avatar

    Shingai Njeri Kagunda


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    Eleanor R. Wood