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Submissions Cast of Wonders is a young adult short fiction market, open to stories up to 6, words in length.
Please check our schedule for submission window timing. We acknowledge the realities of unconscious bias and make our best effort to account for it during our review process. One of our goals is to further the education of new writers of any age. With that in mind, these submission guidelines are lengthy and extensive.
We aim for a age range: Stories are presented in audio format, which means our audience rarely skim past boring bits. We like fiction that makes us think, but the main elements should be thrilling entertainment, adventure and emotional connection.
We prefer high fantasy — elves, dragons, secondary worlds, and magic — to the more purely cerebral forms of fantasy you find in adult markets. Modern, urban, and alternate history fantasy is great too. This means a minimum of technical jargon. Our horror offerings tend to be psychological, comedic, or situational — not visceral.
All that matters is adherence to our core concept and that critical spark of wonder.
Check out our Staff Picks page for examples of favorites. A good story appeals to all ages. We define YA as the absence of the adult elements described above, not as stories featuring children or young adult characters.
Too often, we receive stories featuring children which are solidly Middle Grade. If your story is thematically similar to a Pixar movie or Avatar: Sex is a universal constant, regardless of age, gender, orientation or even species. How an author deals with that reality is up to them and the characters of their stories, not us.
Sadly, violence too is a reality of the everyday lives of many young people. Synonyms include fairy tales, folklore and mythology — all academic terms with their own meanings, origins, distinctions and historical connotations. Good examples include Hans Christian Andersen stories, or older Disney movies.
We receive A LOT of them. Unless a story succinctly retells one of these narratives in a new and unique way, we generally decline. Many popular properties allow others to use their settings, characters and plot lines for fan use, but not for commercial sale to markets like us.
Our editor is always interested in receiving more short stories set in the worlds of existing novels. The same applies if you have a book coming out soon and want to publish a short story with us to coincide with its release. And you can approach us about sponsorship opportunities as well — just email our editor.
Holiday-themed stories regardless of which holiday are ideally submitted at least months prior to the holiday in question. A short note in the submission cover letter helps too. If in doubt, check out Schedule. Consider instead our recommended list of adult fiction Markets. Stories which talk about or address these issues are fine, but graphical descriptions are not.
We absolutely, positively do not want to receive: Graphical depictions of sexual assault Non-consensual sexual activity including necrophilia Non-consensual drug use Graphical or explicit descriptions of animal abuse Torture Cannibalism The trivialized and gratuitous brutalization of women, transpersons, nonbinary people, people of color, people of size, and people with disabilities ANY sexual depictions of children or animals whatsoever The following subjects will be difficult to pass our slush readers but have appeared in stories in the past.
Be prepared to address why these topics appear in your story and what purpose they serve; our editor may challenge you to change them. Pervasive use is more likely to lead to rejection.Discover one of the key components to successful writing — theme.
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