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Cast of Wonders
Escape Artists, Inc.

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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.

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Market Submission Schedule
  • "Seasonal Holidays" theme - Feb 1, 2023 thru Feb 14, 2023 (Begins 54 days from now)
  • "Banned Books Week" theme - Apr 1, 2023 thru Apr 14, 2023 (Begins 113 days from now)
  • Limited demographic submission window: young authors - Apr 15, 2023 thru Apr 30, 2023 (Begins 127 days from now)
  • Submission window - Jun 15, 2023 thru Jun 30, 2023 (Begins 188 days from now)

Market Genres
Science Fiction
Young Adult

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

Short Story
1000 to 6000 words
8 cents/word

Market Submission Types
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: Yes
Reprints/Originals?: Both
Translations: Original Language and Translations
Estimated Response: 90 days

Market Response Data
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There are 246 completed reports in the past 12 months.
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Min: 1 | Average: 35.30 | Median: 31 | Max: 143
8.13% - avg 69 days
89.83% - avg 31 days (63.80% of rejections are personal)
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Listing added: 14 December 2012

Last officially checked: 6 October 2022

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