It’s that time of year again, so here are all the award eligible original stories that Cast of Wonders published in 2019. All 34 of them! You can hear more about which ones meant the most to the team as part of our Staff Picks episodes throughout January (and there were some rather rambunctious back-stage fights over who would get to pick some of them… oh, the drama!)
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Hello everyone, Marguerite here.
The new year and a new decade are around the corner, and with them comes change. Our last episode of 2019 — Effie Seiberg’s glorious The Tale of Descruptikn and the Product Launch Requirements Documentation — marks my last as Cast of Wonders’ editor. (Continue Reading…)
We’re delighted to announce that Cast of Wonders is now a Published And Listed market for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Many thanks to José Pablo Iriarte for helping us navigate the application process.
Guest editor Julia Rios has published a blog post walking us through her editing process, including narrator selections. We were so excited Julia agreed to the project, and couldn’t be happier with the showcase of stories.
Visit our Banned Books Week page to find all of Julia’s selections, along with previous year’s episodes.
This summer has brought a few changes to the editorial team at Cast of Wonders. Alexis Goble has stepped back to concentrate on episode artwork and her own projects, including her pin badge business. Katherine Inskip has joined Marguerite Kenner as co-editor. And, we have two new Assistant Editors joining the team. There were a number of very strong contenders for the role, and Marguerite and Katherine didn’t have an easy time with the final decision. So, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that that the new Assistant Editors for Cast of Wonders are Andrew K. Hoe and Karissa Sluss!
Andrew teaches and practices Choy Li Fut Kung Fu and Tai Chi in Southern California, where he also writes speculative YA fiction. He has been a high school English teacher, an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan, and a college professor. His academic work in children’s literature can be found in The Looking Glass. Follow him on Twitter.
Karissa lives with in North Carolina with her family and a hairy husky named Bonnie. Her favorite things are coffee, dark chocolate, Star Wars, and Princess Bride. By day she wrangles cases and hearing schedules for a small administrative court. At night, after cooking dinner, checking homework, and walking the dog, she writes and reads as much as possible. You can find out more about her writing online at karissalaurel.com, and she loves making friends on Twitter @karissalaurel.
Our audience will already be familiar with Karissa from her work with the editorial team during Artemis Rising 5 earlier this year, and if you’ve not heard Andrew as a narrator or host yet, check out his previous episodes. What you won’t necessarily be aware of is how much amazing work they’ve done in the Cast of Wonders slushpile for the last few years – their comments and insights have always been tremendously useful, and Andrew has read just about every story submitted! As well as their breadth of expertise, their sheer enthusiasm and love of YA fiction is priceless, and we’re really proud they’ve agreed to join us backstage.
Here’s what they both have to say about their new roles:
[AKH] I first encountered CoW after an internet search for venues that published YA fiction. I couldn’t believe what I’d found. I’d been only looking for print venues, so the idea of a podcast and electronic magazine blew my mind. There was a Banned Books Submission call for 2017, and I decided to go for it. That began a journey with the coolest people around who also love YA fiction. I’m honored to become an assistant editor for my favorite podcast. I look forward to continuing to curate story submissions, but also stepping out from the curtains and hosting episodes, representing CoW in communicating with authors, and learning the other myriad tasks of running a SFWA-qualifying market.
[KS] One of my favorite things about being on staff at Cast of Wonders is our community. The sense of fraternity we have here at both Cast of Wonders and among the entire Escape Artists Community has been so empowering, encouraging, and welcoming. I think a strong community helps with communication and an overall sense of satisfaction and well-being among our staff and authors that winds up being reflected in the excellent quality of stories we produce. Stories are my passion, and going forward, I hope to participate in more forms of storytelling, not only as an author putting literal pen to paper, but as part of a team that finds great stories and helps build the path that brings those tales into the world for others to enjoy.
Cast of Wonders is thrilled to welcome Julia Rios as this year’s Banned Books Week guest editor! Julia is a multiple-Hugo award winning editor, writer, podcaster and narrator. She co-edited one of our favorite anthologies, the excellent Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, and we are thrilled to welcome her to our stage!
Hello all, Marguerite here.
We’re still reading our way through the offerings of another record-breaking submission period. To give our amazing slush readers a chance to catch up, there will be a short delay to the Banned Books Week submission window. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed and submission schedule for updates.
Hello everyone, award season is right around the corner. If you are nominating and/or voting for various genre fiction awards this year, please consider our original publications listed below.
Hi everyone, we’ve made an addition to our content warnings – the death of pets. Thank you very much to the listener who passed along this feedback. We provide further detail on our approach to content warnings on that page. If you have further questions, feel free to contact our editor directly.
We haven’t applied this change retroactively except for the episode in question. We’re happy to update an old episode on request.
We hope this helps more listeners make the right choice for them about when or whether to listen to a particular story.
For 99% of our audience, the transition should be transparent – tech things will happen behind the scenes, and your podcatcher will continue to receive new episodes every week. If you’re using a hand-crafted podcatcher, you may need to update your feed location.
We’ll keep you posted as the change approaches.
It has come to our attention, through multiple channels, that the current incarnation of Artemis Rising 5 has caused harm to members of our community.
Thanks to Bogi Takács’s eloquent explanation of how to bring more voices to the table, we are examining the best way to repair the trust we’ve broken. We appreciate the conversations happening on various platforms and thank you for allowing us to participate in them.
Artemis Rising’s aims have always been to highlight the work of underrepresented genre authors and provide training and progression opportunities to junior members of the Escape Artist family who are members of traditionally marginalized groups. The underrepresented groups that we’ve chosen to focus on have changed over time and are likely to continue to change from year to year.
This year, we failed to consider the effect this change would have on people who were previously eligible to submit but were not eligible this year.
Artemis Rising’s submission portals will remain open and stories are being read while we consider how best to move forward, but we feel it is imperative to urgently acknowledge our mistake.
We apologize for the exclusion and hurt caused by this year’s call. We appreciate the feedback we’ve received; to everyone who voiced their objections, thank you for giving us a chance to correct our error. We hear you.
Escape Artists editors
Escape Pod: S.B. Divya & Mur Lafferty
PseudoPod: Shawn Garrett & Alex Hofelich
PodCastle: Jen R. Albert & Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali (and assistant editor Setsu Uzume)
Cast of Wonders: Marguerite Kenner
The 2018 Artemis Rising editors
Escape Pod: S. Kay Nash & Laura Pearlman
PseudoPod: Cecilia Dockins & Tonia Thompson
PodCastle: Krystal Claxton & Elora Gatts
Cast of Wonders: Amy Brennan & Karissa Sluss