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Cast of Wonders
Escape Artists, Inc.

Note: Names should be removed from the manuscript to allow anonymous judging.

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.

Market Submission Schedule
  • Submission Window - Nov 15, 2021 thru Dec 20, 2021 (Ends 17 days from now)
  • "Halloween" Theme - Feb 21, 2022 thru Feb 28, 2022 (Begins 79 days from now)
  • "Banned Books" Theme - Apr 1, 2022 thru Apr 14, 2022 (Begins 118 days from now)
  • Submission Window - May 1, 2022 thru May 14, 2022 (Begins 148 days from now)
  • Limited Demographic Submission Window: Writers 19 years old and younger - Jun 15, 2022 thru Jun 30, 2022 (Begins 193 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
Reprints?: Yes
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: Yes
Estimated Response: 90 days

Market Response Data
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There are 257 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
Min: 0 | Average: 44.88 | Median: 46 | Max: 332
3.89% - avg 71 days
93.38% - avg 42 days (58.75% of rejections are personal)
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Never Responded:

95 pending responses (0 min | 10 average | 12 median | 18 max days waiting)
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Listing added: 14 December 2012

Last officially checked: 31 October 2021

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