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As a young adult fiction podcast, we’re looking for stories that evoke a sense of wonder and have something unreal about them. 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. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.

Stories are presented in audio format, which means our audience rarely skim past boring bits. We’re looking for fiction with strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action. We like a proper narrative structure and a unique prose style not laden with clichés and over-worn idioms. We like fiction that makes us think, but the main element should be thrilling entertainment and adventure.

We prefer high fantasy — elves, dragons, secondary worlds, and magic — to the more cerebral forms of fantasy you find in adult markets.

We like all forms of science fiction: far-future, near future, space opera, “hard” sci-fi — but it must be accessible to our target audience. This means a minimum of technical jargon.

We’re happy to read comedy, steampunk, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, superheroes and many other genres. All that matters is adherence to our core concept and that critical spark of wonder.


This market is temporarily closed.


Market Submission Schedule
  • "Banned Books" Theme - Apr 15, 2024 thru Apr 30, 2024 (Ends 6 days from now)

Market Genres
Genres
Fantasy
Horror
Science Fiction
Young Adult

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
Originals
Flash
0 to 1000 words
8 cents/word

Short Story
1000 to 7500 words
8 cents/word


Reprints
Flash
0 to 1000 words
2 cents/word

Short Story
1000 to 1500 words
1 cent/word

Short Story
1500 to 2000 words
5 cents/word

Short Story
2000 to 3000 words
3 cents/word

Short Story
3000 to 5000 words
2 cents/word

Short Story
5000 to 7500 words
1 cent/word


Market Submission Types
AI Submissions?: Not Allowed
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: Yes
Translations: Original Language and Translations
Estimated Response: 90 days

Market-Provided Data

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Market Response Data
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Count:
There are 320 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
Min: 1 | Average: 60.11 | Median: 61 | Max: 279
Responded:
97.18%
Accepted:
5.31% - avg 121 days
Rejected:
91.25% - avg 56 days (46.23% of rejections are personal)
Rewrites:
0.62%
Dead Letters:
-
Lost/Returned:
-
Never Responded:
-
Withdrawn:
2.81%

Pending:
There are 14 pending responses. (3 min | 13 average | 9 median | 83 max days waiting)
Note: pending statistics may skew high if some users neglect their data.
We recommend querying after the time the market suggests to query.


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Listing added: 14 December 2012


Last officially checked: 8 April 2024


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