Submission Guidelines

Clonepod is always searching for new science fiction and fantasy to broadcast to all of our clones and listeners. If you want to hear your story read aloud on our podcast and potentially illustrated – email your story either in a word document or unformatted in the body of your email to We have a fairly quick response time, and you will hear back from us within a month.  You can check here for updates on this time frame.

We are looking for science fiction and fantasy that makes young and old alike feel a certain sense of wonder. We want to maintain a broad balance variety of stories within the speculative fiction genre, but we are not looking for horror or erotica. We want stories that can make you think, stories that challenge the status quo and stories that simply give a good escapist read.

We are looking for stories that are between 2,000 to 7,000 words long. We will also run a flash fiction piece as an extra bonus to our listeners waiting for the next episode to roll around. We pay $25 dollars for a story over 2,000 words and we do not pay for shorter fiction. However, you do get a link on the site.

We are looking for a mixture of previously published and unpublished works. We are also striving for a mixture of well known authors and new voices. We are an audio production; we do not buy nonexclusive rights. You can have your story in an anthology or other magazine and we will still be just as thrilled to produce it. However, if your story is already available in audio form we may not want to do it again. Although, we may consider running your audio program as part of our show. One important thing to realize is that this podcast’s target audience is not only existing sff fans, but our the next generations ready for the excitement and wonder of the genre. We will broadcast older material that they otherwise might have missed because our young adult podcasters are only now able to read adult material. Everything is new to them! So if you have decades of publications under your belt, consider sending us an older story to publish again in this fresh new medium. And let your work be enjoyed by science fiction and fantasy’s youngest generation.

Although we are targeting youth, as Zach, Forrest and Abby express in episode zero – young adults like the same great stories that adults do. While most of the stories we accept will be “PG-13”, we will not pass up an excellent “R” story — if the questionable material advances the plot.  We are targeting people coming out of YA and into adult sff, but of course we have many adult listeners.

 We prefer to have your story in a word attachment, but will accept the story in the body of the email.
Write the TITLE of the STORY on the Subject Line of your email.

Inside the Email:

  1. Your REAL name – so we can write a legal contract.
  2. Your mailing address – also for the contact.
  3. A brief statement about your publication credits and the publication history of the story.
  4. The word count of the story, rounded to the nearest hundred words.
  5. The story’s byline. (Optional if it’s the same as your legal name.)

By sending us a story, you agree that you are its original author, you are the copyright holder of the work, you have not entered into any prior agreements to prevent you from giving us non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to your story, all your contact details and prior publications information is both truthful and accurate, and you accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us. If we buy your story, we’ll send you a contract. And you will be bound to all of the above. If you cannot agree to these conditions that will be set forth in the contract, please do not send your story.

At this time, we are not aware of any regular short fiction market that requires a contract for exclusive audio rights. You probably own these rights and can enter into this contract without any problem. The above is written just to create legal safeguards. However, do check your previous contracts before sending us the story if you are not sure.

Your story will then be released under a Creative Commons license. We use the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. Thus, anyone will have permission to distribute the podcast 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. The license is ONLY for the audio performance of your story. You retain your copyright and all rights to any other use of the story.

If we want to also publish your story in an anthology under the Clone Initiative label, we will ask you for a different relationship and you will get royalties from the publication – but this process is still in the works.

Thanks for reading this guideline all the way through. We feel it is better that you understand the process before you decide to submit. Remember that an mp3 once released can never be taken back. We do our very best with each story – and we have a great team so our best is very good and getting better. However, please remember once your story is released, even if we removed it from our site – it will always be out there.
I hope, though, that many people unsure about submitting a work for all eternity can remember that this new medium itself was once only science fiction. We are yesterday’s tomorrow and we need to adjust to different types of publications. We believe that podcasting your work can only increase sales of your other work!

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