Cast of Wonders is a young adult short fiction market, open to story submissions up to 6,000 words in length.

Our submission guidelines are both lengthy and extensive, with lots of examples. Currently roughly 10% of the work we receive is rejected unread due to easily corrected mistakes. To avoid disappointment be sure to fully familiarize yourself with the guidelines before sending your work.

Legalese

By sending us your story you understand and agree that:

  1. You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;

  2. You are the copyright holder of the work;

  3. You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic print and audio rights to the work;

  4. All information in the contact and cover sections of your submission is accurate and truthful; and

  5. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us.

  6. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will sign your contract and accept your payment on your behalf.
Ends on September 30, 2017
Cast of Wonders is looking for submissions to celebrate the fourth annual ARTEMIS RISING, a special month-long event across the Escape Artists podcasts featuring stories by women and nonbinary authors in genre fiction. This year the month of stories will be edited by Dani Daly and Katherine Inskip, with assistant editor Alexis Goble.

All four Escape Artists podcasts are taking original submissions for the event. Please visit Escape Pod for science fiction, PseudoPod for horror, and Podcastle for fantasy.

Summary
  • Payment at $0.06 per word. Please see our general Submission Guidelines for details of the rights we purchase and our sample contracts.

  • Original stories only.

  • Word count: Short stories of 2000 - 6000 words.

  • Submit using an ANONYMIZED manuscript format. Check here for an example. We accept files in .odt, .rtf, .docx or .doc format (no PDFs).

  • No multiple submissions.

  • No simultaneous submissions.

  • Note: you can submit different stories to each of Cast of Wonders, Podcastle, Escape Pod and PseudoPod during the Artemis Rising event.

  • Submission window runs September 1-30.

Who Can Submit

Anyone who identifies as a woman, to whatever degree that they do. Nonbinary authors are also welcome and encouraged to submit stories.

As always, we strongly encourage submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional fantasy 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 fiction 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 original YA fiction between 2,000 – 6,000 words. Each author is limited to a single story submission for ARTEMIS RISING.

How to Submit

Our Submittable portal will be open for ARTEMIS RISING September 1st through September 30th.

Cast of Wonders uses an anonymized review process. This means all author information (including your name) MUST be removed from the manuscript text body, headers, and file name. It should be saved and uploaded in any standard word processing file type, such as  .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt. PDFs are not accepted.

We've prepared a sample manuscript to show you exactly what we're looking for.

Inappropriately formatted manuscripts, including those submitted containing identifying author information, will be rejected unread.

Once you’ve sent us your story, you will receive an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you have not received this confirmation within 24 hours.

Legalese

By sending us your story you understand and agree that:
  1. You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;

  2. You are the copyright holder of the work;

  3. You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to the work;

  4. All information in the contact and cover sections of your submission is accurate and truthful;

  5. You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us; and

  6. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will sign your contract and accept your payment on your behalf.

We look forward to reading your fiction!

Sincerely,

Dani Daly and Katherine Inskip, Editors,
Alexis Goble, Assistant Editor,
and the entire editorial team.