Cast of Wonders is currently closed to general submissions. Both our Artemis Rising 3 and Flash Fiction Contest submission windows end September 30th!

We aim to reopen to general submissions in November, but check the website for further updates.


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;

  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.
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Cast of Wonders is looking for submissions to celebrate the third annual ARTEMIS RISING, a special month-long event across the Escape Artists podcasts featuring stories by women and nonbinary authors in genre fiction.

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 a BLIND 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.

  • 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 a blind 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,

Marguerite Kenner, Editor
Dani Daly and Katherine Inskip, Assistant Editors,
and the entire editorial team

To be a valid submission to the contest, each story must adhere to the following rules:

  1. The story must be no more than 500 words long, not including its title. Do not use the title to skirt around the word count. Word count will be determined using Google Docs.
  2. The story must adhere to the general Cast of Wonders Submission Guidelines. Most importantly, it needs to evoke a sense of wonder and be appropriate for a YA audience. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language.
  3. The story must be original and previously unpublished. Stories will be posted on a members-only portion of the Escape Artists forum, so first publication rights will not be spent if your story does not win.
  4. The person submitting the story must be the story's author (or acting for the author with express permission) and hold full publishing rights to the story. A story that is derived from a previously published work in another format (i.e. not a short story) is fine (assuming doing so isn't in violation of copyright, obviously).
  5. If you are not sure whether your story counts as published or not (for example, if an earlier version has appeared on your blog but nowhere else), please send an email to dani@escapeartists.net with the subject line "QUERY" and ask before submitting. Please do not submit stories that have been entries in a previous Escape Artists contest.
  6. The story must be submitted in its final form, as the author intends it to be read by the voting public. We may or may not allow minor typo corrections if those slip in, but as a general rule, we will not allow authors to submit changes to stories, especially not after submissions are closed.
  7. Each author may submit only ONE story.
  8. Included in the body of the submission must be the title and the text. Any byline will be stripped when the stories are posted in the contest, and will be revealed when either the story fails to advance, or ultimately wins. Feel free to request a pseudonym for the byline, but we will need a legal name if you win for prize purposes. Please also be sure to include an email address!
  9. Winners will be paid $30, making this a pro sale of at least six cents a word.
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