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PodCastle is an audio magazine that presents fantasy short stories, usually between 2000 and 6000 words in length. It occasionally releases flash fiction pieces less than 2000 words in length. PodCastle was launched on April 1, 2008.

PodCastle is the world's first audio fantasy magazine. Weekly, we broadcast the best in fantasy short stories, running the gammut from heart-pounding sword and sorcery, to strange surrealist tales, to gritty urban fantasy, to the psychological depth of magical realism. Our podcast features authors including Peter Beagle, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Jim C. Hines, and Cat Rambo, among others. Terry Pratchett once wrote, “Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.” Tune in to PodCastle each Tuesday for our weekly tale, and spend the length of a morning commute giving your imagination a work out.

PodCastle pays its authors, but the content is free because it is produced and distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. It is supported through listener donations. PodCastle is part of Escape Artists, Inc.1), which also produces Escape Pod and Pseudopod.