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The 2014 Parsec Awards nomination window is now open, and every one of the stories listed below is eligible for nomination in the Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form) category.
The nomination window is open until May 31st, 2015, so spread the word on whatever social media platforms you like. Cast of Wonders itself is eligible in the Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast category and we’d love your support.
Thank you all!
2014 PARSEC ELIGIBLE EPISODES
123: Taxidermy and Other Dangerous Professions by JR Johnson, read by M K Hobson
124: Old People Rules by Holly Schofield, read by Melissa Bugaj
125: The Clasp by Jarod Anderson, read by Elie Hirschman
126: The Perfect Prom by Kat Otis, read by Mur Lafferty
127: Learning the Game by Michael Haynes, read by M K Hobson
128: Robots Don’t Cry by George Edwards, read by Pete Milan
129: Into The Forever Place by Luke Thomas, read by Heather Welliver
130: The Phobos Monolith by Preston Dennett, read by Amy Robinson
131: Survivor by Josh Roseman, read by Marguerite Kenner
132: The Collector by Jameyanne Fuller, read by Alasdair Stuart
133: A Well-Lit Dungeon by Mark Mills, read by Adam Black
134/135: Flowers For the Dead by Jamie Mason, read by Paul Cram
136: Flotsam by Rebecca Schwarz, read by Jeff Hite
137: The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton, read by Andrew Clarke
138: Things We Leave Behind by Alex Shvartsman, read by the author
139: Little Wonders 6: A Little Laughter. Continue? by James Vachowski, read by John Cmar; The Girl With The Picollo by Charity Tahmaseb, read by Fiona “Princess Scientist” Van Verth; Some Assembly Required by Terry L. Mirll, read by Dave Robison
142: Marrow by Mav Skye, read by Barry J. Northern
144: The Middle Rages by Joseph L. Kellogg, read by John Cmar
145: Tell Them Of The Sky by A. T. Greenblatt, read by Pete Newman
146/147: 30 Minutes for New Hell by Rick Kennett, read by Marguerite Kenner
148: Shimmer by Amanda Davis, read by Lizzie S
149: Bricks and Sunlight by M. K. Hutchins, read by Dani Daly
150: Little Wonders 7: The Season of Goodwill. Christmas Lights by Jamie Lackey, read by Marguerite Kenner and The Secret Ingredient Is by Emmalia Harrington, read by Anne Fortune
155: Aisha Bets Her Life on Magic by Jarod K. Anderson, read by Julia Rios
156/157: The Seal King by Jennifer Noelle Welch, read by Paul Cram
158: This Is Your Problem, Right Here by David Steffen, read by Graeme Dunlop
159: There Are No Marshmallows in Camelot by Christian McKay Heidicker, read by Marguerite Kenner
160: The Haunted Jalopy Races by Matthew Bennardo, read by Alasdair Stuart
161: The Rum Cake Runner by Jessi Cole Jackson, read by Michelle Ristuccia
162: Sister Winter by Jenni Moody, read by Melissa Bugaj
163: Speaking to Skull Kings by Emily Cataneo, read by Katherine Inskip and Jeremy Carter
164: Amicae Aeternum by Ellen Klages, read by Rikki LaCoste, Isis LaCoste and Fiona “Princess Scientist” Van Verth
Congratulations to Julia Rios, our narrator on Episode 155, Aisha Bets Her Life On Magic, for winning the 2015 Ditmar and Aurealis Awards for the excellent anthology Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories which is also on this year’s Tiptree Award Honor list.
And if you’re a fan of Podcastle’s very own Dave Thompson, his short story collection And Welcome Back is on Kickstarter now. His stretch goals including a chapbook and audio book collection of Easter Werewolf mad libs stories by such luminaries as Ann Leckie, Amal El-Mohtar, Rachael K. Jones, Nathaniel Lee, M.K. Hobson, Matt Wallace, Mur Lafferty, and more. You don’t want to miss it.
Sorry everyone, winter colds have caught us. Keep warm and we’ll see you soon!
It’s that time of year again, when those of us north of the equator struggle with short days, cold weather and a sharp increase in demands on our time.
To help ease us down into our annual January slumber, we’ll be on a reduced episode schedule this month. Join us this Sunday the 14th, and the final Sunday of the year December 28th, for our last episodes of 2014.
Thanks for listening!
Interested in nominating your favorite? Take the survey here!
IGGY & Litro have announced their annual contest for 13 – 18 year old writers , with a cash prize of £2000 for the winning entry. The theme of this year’s competition is Myths and Legends.
You can read all the entry details here.
Calling all female authors! Our good friends at Escape Artists (EscapePod, Podcastle and Pseudopod) are now open to submissions for their February 2015 month of celebrating women in genre fiction.
Submissions close December 20th. You can learn more about submission criteria and procedure on their websites.
Good luck, and say hello for us!
Hello everyone! A brief update about submissions. Responses are in progress and I’ll post here again when we’re caught up.
In addition, please take a quick peek at the word counts the next time you submit a story. We’ve normalized our categories with the SWFA word counts. In brief, this means we’re no longer accepting stories over 7500 words as they fall in the novella range. We’ve done this to make sure that all our weekly episodes continue to be eligible in various industry awards under the flash and short story categories. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
As always, thanks for listening!
The house-moving gremlins have hidden my microphone, and this week’s episode will be posted just as soon as I can brave the Cardboard Fortress for its safe return.
Hello everyone! I wanted to tell you about a fantastic contest being run by our good friends at The Drabblecast right now!
Long-time Drabblecast listener Bart Epstein decided to sponsor an episode of the show through his work with the Jefferson Education Accelerator, but he decided to do much more than just sponsor a show. He decided to sponsor creativity, through a writing contest!
Every other night for the last few years, Bart has been telling his kids an ongoing bedtime story about a barn-dwelling blue cat who has crazy adventures with his friends, adversaries, various interlopers, and the family he lives with.
Bart wants to hear what kinds of “Cat with Blue Fur” stories Drabblecast listeners can come up with to totally blow his kids minds!
All the details are available here. Let us know if you submit a story!
The 2014 Parsec finalists have been announced, and Cast of Wonders has again made the cut! This year we’re finalists in two categories:
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Long Form
Broken by Cedric Johnson and Veronica Giguere
Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching by Chris Lewis Carter (from Cast of Wonders)
Fire on the Mound by William J. Meyer
The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, Book 5: Shores beyond the World by Abigail Hilton
Secret World Chronicle by Mercedes Lackey, Dennis Lee, Cody Martin, Larry Dixon, and Veronica Giguere
Tales of the Left Hand, Book 3 by John Meagher
Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
Cast of Wonders edited by Marguerite Kenner
The NoSleep Podcast edited by David Cummings
Pseudopod edited by Shawn M. Garrett
Seminar: An Original Anthology Show edited by Pendant Productions
Toasted Cake edited by Tina Connolly
Congratulations to all the finalists, and especially Cast of Wonders alumns Tina Connolly and Veronica Giguere, and our good friends at Pseudopod!
The winners will be announced August 31 at DragonCon.