What We Want
Pseudopod is a horror genre magazine in audio form. For more information on our guidelines, check out this page.
Pseudopod 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 legacy publishing markets, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States. Our goal is to publish horror that reflects the diversity of the human race, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.
Payment and Rights
We pay the pro rate of $.06/word for original fiction, $100 for full-length reprints, and $20 for flash reprints.
PseudoPod buys nonexclusive audio rights, and nonexclusive electronic rights to distribute the audio file under a Creative Commons license. Specifically, we use 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 that exceed 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.
Format and Cover Letter
Prepare your manuscript in something approximating Standard Manuscript Format formatted in .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt. In your cover letter, please include your legal name, byline (if different from your legal name), and the story’s approximate word count and (if a reprint) publication history.
Once you’ve sent us your story, you will get an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you have not received this confirmation within 24 hours. After 60 days, if you haven’t received a response, feel free to query by email. Make sure to log your submission on the Grinder.
This portal is for the upload of completed narrations and hosting spots for PseudoPod.
If you want to audition for a narration spot, that process is handled through PodCastle. Check out those guidelines here: http://podcastle.org/narrator-guidelines/
During the month of September, PseudoPod is looking for submissions to celebrate ARTEMIS RISING, a special month-long event across all four Escape Artists podcasts featuring stories by any author who identifies as a woman, to any degree.
For ARTEMIS RISING, PseudoPod is looking to fill the entire month with female-authored horror fiction. Payment will be $.06 per word for original fiction, $20 for flash reprints, and $100 for full-length reprints. Original fiction is preferred.
Who Can Submit
Anyone who identifies as a woman, to whatever degree that they do.
As always, we at PseudoPod strongly encourage submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional horror fiction, including, but not limited to, people of color, LGBTQ authors, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States. Our goal is to publish horror 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 horror fiction between 500 – 6,000 words.
You can send PseudoPod one submission for ARTEMIS RISING. For ARTEMIS RISING we are asking that you do not send any simultaneous submissions.
Our goal is to have all responses sent out by the second week of November. If this changes due to the volume of submissions received, we’ll update you. While we’ll be accepting a limited number of stories for ARTEMIS RISING, all stories may be considered for filling the remainder of the PseudoPod calendar.
How to Submit
Please follow our usual submission guidelines on how to format your story, and submit through our special ARTEMIS RISING Submittable portal.
Thanks, and we look forward to reading your stories!