Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Audio Rights Month & W1S1 Anthology Update

Happy May Day everyone! Spring is here, and we're offering up a round of great interviews this month. We'll be talking about podcasts, audiobooks, and audio rights sales in May, and featuring some excellent markets to consider.

On the lineup are the "Pods:" EscapePod, PodCastle, and PseudoPod, which seek SF, Fantasy, and Horror stories respectively. We'll also be talking with a professional in creating audiobooks about just how that is done and what authors might expect.

Also in May, we will be finalizing our selections for the Write1Sub1 Anthology Vol. 1. Many of us have submissions pending for reprint, and I hope to have a response to each of you before the end of the month. If May passes and you haven't heard from me, please email us at You can also leave a comment here on the blog. Our goal is to select the stories, choose cover art and layout, and have it available to all of you (at production cost) this summer.

The Write1Sub1 admin team are volunteering their time for this and don't make a dime off this project. Like you, we just want something to put on our bookshelves.

Now, back to audio rights. These rights can be overlooked by writers, and I feel deserve some special attention. They give us an opportunity to have our stories told in a different form and to sell the same tale more than once. Additional exposure, additional income, additional entertainment for our readers!

There are a ton of audio rights markets out there. I did a quick search and came up with a list below. Many of these markets purchase the audio rights in addition to first world print/electronic rights, so you'll want to watch what you're selling. Many others prefer reprints after the print/digital versions have sold to other markets.
Deamspinner Press
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Strange Horizons
Wily Writers
Escape Pod
Nashville Review
Lightspeed Magazine
Nightmare Magazine
Untied Shoelaces of the Mind
Lovecraft eZine
Bound Off
Cast of Wonders
Raleigh Review
Circlet Press
Roar and Thunder

If you know of other audio rights markets, please add them in the comments!


  1. Great list! I'm always looking for podcasts to sell reprints to.

    Toasted Cake also does podcasts, although they're closed atm.

    1. Doh, I must have missed Toasted Cake because of them being closed. Thank you so much for pointing it out! They're a great podcast.

  2. It's not really an audio rights market, but I want to invite everyone to listen to and submit to my podcast, Cold Reads. I read one story each week, and I prefer previously published. Please check it out.

    1. Sounds like a lot of fun, Nathaniel! I've subscribed. Can't wait to listen. :)

  3. Great list. I'd like to plug my market, too. I am the Podcast Manager for, and every Monday I (or a guest reader) narrates a published EDF story for the site. There is no payment attached, but if anyone wants to try out podcasting--to start to build up a portfolio--I invite them to contact me at I am always looking for people to read, and you can choose any EDF story published after June 2009 that hasn't already been read.

    Or...if you have a story published at EDF and would like it to be turned into a podcast, contact me and I'd be happy to do it. I've already narrated several of the Write1Sub1 writers so far, and would love to do more.

    1. Thanks, Folly! I don't know about everyone else, but I'll definitely be in touch. I'm a big fan of EDF and can't wait to check out the podcast side of things.