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Cast of Wonders’ 2017 Award Eligibility

Hello everyone. In case you are eligible to nominate and/or vote for genre fiction awards, here for your consideration are the stories first published by Cast of Wonders in 2017.

All of these stories fall into the Short Story category for both the Hugo and Nebula awards.

Cast of Wonders is eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo award. Our editor, Marguerite Kenner, is eligible in the Best Editor: Short Form Hugo category.

2017 reprints:

2017 first publications:

Open For (Story) Business November 15th!

The gates are prepped, the clock is ticking down; Cast of Wonders opens to general submissions on November 15th!

Brush up on the submission guidelines and send us your best up to 6000 word story from mid-November through the end of December.

And if you’re an author who likes to plan further ahead, check out our annual schedule. It covers when we’re planning to run our special calls and general windows in 2018.

We look forward to reading your work!

Marguerite, Dani, Katherine,
and the entire Cast of Wonders crew

Introducing our new associate editors!

Hello everyone! Please join us in welcoming some new faces at Cast of Wonders! They’re already hard at work at the slushface, excavating our future story diamonds. Welcome aboard everyone!


Tonya Bezpalko – Associate Editor

Tonya lives deep in the moose-infested wilds of Canada, where they are interested in everything but qualified for almost nothing. They are a sometime developer of MUDs, even in this day and age, and once released a Twine game about petting cats. One day, they’re going back to school for that linguistics degree, because they just love words that much. They’ve never seen an arts and crafts tutorial that didn’t make them want to do it too, no matter how impractical, and they will devour any book in front of them at an absolutely ludicrous speed. Give them the chance to, and they will pet your cat. Follow them on Twitter.

Alicia Caporaso – Associate Editor

Alicia is a marine archaeologist in New Orleans. Though she does not get to leave her desk too often, her technical specialty is using robots to investigate and study shipwrecks and other mysterious things in the deep sea. Most of her published writing is nonfiction, about North American archaeology and history, though her number of speculative fiction stories is slowly increasing. She lives with two little monsters who regularly take dog form and usually can be found, like most monsters, under her bed.




Trace Fontil – Associate Editor

Trace is a hopeful biologist that spends much of her time thinking about sentient trees and gods meddling in human lives. She is a university student, a speculative fiction writer, and a Florida(wo)man. You can find her buried under a stack of books and contemplating just how many ways the world can actually end, or alternatively, just shout into the air. You never know; she might be able to hear it.



William Heydt-Minor – Associate Editor

Will is a teacher and writer who currently resides in New York City at this stage in his peripatetic life. One day he will settle down in a self-sustaining earthship on a remote mountain top, but that day is not today. In his spare time, he enjoys walking, sleep, making risotto, and coffee. Follow him on Twitter.





Andrew K. Hoe – Associate Editor

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.





Shawn Proctor – Associate Editor

Shawn is a speculative fiction writer who earned his bachelors from Kutztown University and MFA from Rosemont College. He works and lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Hope, a dynamic duo of kids, and a clowder of cats. He is a member of Codex writers group and Critters, and adores weird pajamas. His fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Galaxy’s Edge, Flash Fiction Online, Daily Science Fiction, and Crab Orchard Review. Read more of his work at and follow him on Twitter @shawnproctor.




Rey O – Associate Editor

Rey works as an English teacher. She is recovering from gaslighting and C-PTSD, and is basically trying to learn how to be nice to herself full time. Her favorite indulgences are squeeing over cars and comics, collecting toys and second hand books, writing, learning languages, doing puzzles, and enjoying stand-up comedy. SFF and fairy tales are her favorite flavors. Follow her on Twitter.





Karissa Sluss – Associate Editor

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, and she loves making friends on Twitter @karissalaurel.



Emma Smailes – Associate Editor

Emma hails from the banks of the not so coaley Tyne, which she loves as only a native Geordie Lass can. She enjoys fiction of almost all types, plotting, though never acting, to take over the world, and having sparkly fingernails. She does not have a cat, but does have a tiny cuddly toy hedgehog called Optic, who goes everywhere with her.



Where to find Cast of Wonders in Helsinki

Hello all! If you’ll be taking part in the Worldcon 75 festivities next week, here’s where you can find Marguerite, Katherine and Jeremy. Come say hello!

EA Fan Meet-up

Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the fan lounge






Jeremy Carter

Non-Fiction Podcasts (Thursday at 1 p.m. in 216)

Clouds on the Horizon: Where Physics Might Be Changing (Saturday at 1 p.m. in 102)






Katherine Inskip

Clouds on the Horizon: Where Physics Might Be Changing (Saturday at 1 p.m. in 102)




Marguerite Kenner

Asexuality in YA (Thursday at 11 a.m. in 203a)

Countering Surveillance with Souseveillance (Saturday at 4 p.m. in 207)

Oral Storytelling on Audio (Sunday at 1 p.m. in 215)




Hope to see you in Helsinki!

Wanna Read Some Stories?

We’re recruiting! We’re looking to add additional associate editors (also referred to as slush readers) to our team.

Cast of Wonders is a SFWA short fiction market. We’re looking for associate editors who can read and comment upon at least five stories a week during three to four reading periods spread throughout the year. You’ll be asked to help us select engaging, diverse, well-written and thought-provoking stories from our unsolicited submissions queue. The most successful slushers will be familiar with our work and be able to identify a good fit. It helps if you’re familiar with our episodes and our submission guidelines. If selected, you will still be able to submit to Cast of Wonders (and any other Escape Artists podcast).

We’re dedicated to publishing fiction that reflects the entire spectrum of the human experience. We acknowledge the realities of unconscious bias and make our best effort to account for it during our review process, and expect every one of our associate editors to do the same. As an intersectional feminist publication, we want to explore the full breadth of genre fiction and dispel the assumption that ‘YA’ means ‘stories for teen girls’.

This is an unpaid, volunteer position. However we take lowering the barriers to publication and experience seriously, and do our best to help associate editors gain experience. We will happily write letters of recommendation or references for both academic and employment applications for our readers.

EA is a tight-knit, welcoming and inclusive group. We encourage you to ask around about us and our reputation, or contact us directly if you have any questions.

If you would like to join our team, please complete our Associate Editor application form and complete the requested exercise. We will be accepting applications until Thursday, 31 August 2017.
We hope to hear from you soon!
-Marguerite Kenner, Editor
-Dani Daly and Katherine Inskip, Assistant Editors

Artemis Rising 4

March 2018 will mark the fourth year of Artemis Rising, the annual showcase of women and non-binary authors across the Escape Artists’s podcasts. This year the month of stories will be edited by Dani Daly and Katherine Inskip, with assistant editor Alexis Goble.

Submissions for original short fiction will run September 1-30, 2017, via our Submittable portal. Anyone who identifies as a woman, to whatever degree they do, and non-binary authors are welcome and encouraged to submit a story. We strongly encourage submissions from people of historically under-represented backgrounds, including people of color, LGBTQ authors, people with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and authors from outside the United States.

Our fellow EA podcasts are taking part as well! Please visit Escape Pod for science fiction, Pseudopod for horror, and PodCastle for fantasy.

Here’s a summary of details:

  • Submission window runs September 1-30.
  • Payment at $0.06 per word. Please see our general Submission Guidelines for a description of the rights we purchase and our sample contracts.
  • Original stories only.
  • Word count: 2000 – 6000 words. We’re looking for stand-alone short stories, not flash.
  • Submit using an anonymous manuscript format.
  • No multiple submissions. One story per author or group of authors.
  • No simultaneous submissions. Decisions will be finalized by November 30, 2017.

And the answers to a few FAQ:

  • If a story has been rejected by Cast of Wonders in the past, can I re-submit it for Artemis Rising?
  • A: No.
  • Can I submit a rejected Artemis Rising story to the same podcast’s general submissions?
  • A: No, because Artemis Rising editors may refer your story to the show’s regular editors at their discretion. If your story is declined, please take it as the story being declined for all purposes.
  • If a story has multiple authors, do they all have to meet the AR criteria?
  • A: Yes.
  • If I’ve already submitted an Artemis Rising story, can I submit another I wrote with a co-author to the same podcast’s Artemis Rising?
  • A: No.
  • If I have a story on submission to a podcast, can I submit a different story to that podcast’s Artemis Rising while the first one is still in the queue?
    Or vice versa?
  • A: Yes, although we don’t anticipate being open to general submissions in September 2017.
  • Can I submit a different story to each of multiple EA podcasts for Artemis Rising?
  • A: Yes! Publication on one show doesn’t preclude publication on another. We’ve had multiple authors accomplish this impressive feat in the past.
We look forward to reading your fiction!

Dani Daly, Katherine Inskip, Alexis Goble,
and the entire Cast of Wonders editorial team

Text Against Tyranny: Banned Books Week 2017

There have always been times when facts are questioned and truths threatened. When reality is malleable, and people’s opinions are not. When freedom becomes an excuse for persecution, and we’re told to fear the faces of our friends.

September 24 to September 30 is Banned Books Week, an annual international event celebrating the freedom to read and raising awareness of the immense social value of free and open access to information. To celebrate, Cast of Wonders is continuing its tradition of holding a specific submission call for new YA fiction to air that week.

2017’s theme is Text Against Tyranny: the stories some would silence, and the power of literature, in all its forms, to enlighten humanity’s darkest hours.

What We’re Looking For

It’s said that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will start believing it – stories are no exception.

In times of seismic change, the stories that matter are the ones that enrich, inspire and support us… or simply give us the strength to carry on.  We’re looking for stories of survival in difficult times, when being true to yourself can be the most dangerous choice you make.  Stories of protest – subtle or overt. We want stories that have the courage and will to change the lives and worlds of their characters… and our own.  Send us unheard voices in unexpected places — tales that transform, and truths that define.

The stories we’re looking for might not have happy endings. Sometimes it’s the journey that matters, or the path forged for others to follow. Unknowable splattery horror and slapstick comedic romps will be hard sells. Stories that focus on silencing, marginalizing or suppressing the rights of others will be summarily rejected. Religious themes are welcome but must not present as dogmatic. Political themes are strongly encouraged – soapboxes are not.

You can find detailed submission guidelines, timeline, and previous year’s stories on our Banned Books Week page.

All Four Escape Artists Podcasts Confirmed As SFWA Approved Markets

The Escape Artists podcasts are delighted to announce that Pseudopod, Podcastle and Cast of Wonders have entered the list of approved short fiction markets maintained by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (“SFWA”). They join sister-show Escape Pod.

Since 2006, Escape Artists has been at the leading edge of audio short fiction. Its four podcasts provide free, weekly stories in their respective genres across every element of speculative fiction. Their combined back catalog of nearly 1800 episodes encompass a huge array of authors and narrators, from industry giants to emerging talents. Each episode features flash or short fiction and commentary, supporting EA’s ‘One Story, Told Well’ mission.

‘Everyone at Escape Artists is thrilled to see this confirmed’ said owner, Alasdair Stuart. ‘We’re very proud of the number of authors who have their first professional sales with one of our shows. Bringing all four shows’ pay rates into synch, and being approved SFWA markets, will continue to support our goal of lowering barriers to entry in publishing. Sales to EA podcasts will now count toward SFWA membership requirements for authors, and bring a wider range of voices to genre fiction.

For more information visit, or follow @EAPodcasts on Twitter.

March 2017 is Artemis Rising 3!

2017 marks the third annual Artemis Rising event across the Escape Artists podcasts – and this year, includes us! Join us for four stories across the month celebrating women and non-binary authors in speculative fiction. We’re bringing you four great stories demonstrating the depth and range of YA, by known favorites and new voices. We’re also proud to feature a special guest host for each episode who will share their perspective on the story and women in YA.

This year’s fantastic cover art is by Ashley Mackenzie. Ashley is an artist and illustrator based in Edmonton, Alberta. She was born in Victoria, BC and grew up between Vancouver, BC and Edmonton, AB. After studying online for a year through AAU in San Francisco, CA she moved to Toronto to pursue a degree in Illustration at OCADU. Though she loves the challenge of creating complex conceptual illustrations and finding new ways to navigate ideas visually she also enjoys making concept art and decorative illustration. When not drawing she can be found reading, playing videogames or thinking about her next project.
Thanks for listening!

Reopening for submissions December 15th!

Grab your favorite wintery drink (if you’re in the northern hemisphere) and your works in progress, we’re reopening for submissions! Our Submittable portal will once again accept your up to 6000 word offerings starting 15 December.

Full details including payment terms, blind manuscript format requirements, and sample contracts available in our freshly updated submission guidelines. Now’s a great time to make sure you’ve read them recently.

Don’t self reject! We publish a wide range of speculative fiction, from horror to superheroes, steampunk to hard scifi. Want to know what we’re looking for – start with our Staff Picks episodes!

Cast of Wonders is dedicated to publishing fiction that reflects the entire spectrum of the human experience. We acknowledge the realities of unconscious bias and make our best effort to account for it during our review process. Read our fuller statement in support of lowering publishing’s barriers to entry for authors from historically underrepresented backgrounds in our full guidelines.

We look forward to reading your stories!

Marguerite Kenner, editor and host
Dani Daly and Katherine Inskip, assistant editors
and the entire Cast of Wonders team

Down for Maintenance (13 November 2016)

Hello all, a quick note to let you know we’re taking the site down for a few hours to try and repair the RSS feed issues. You may have difficulty accessing some or all of our stories while the work is ongoing.

Thanks for your patience! In the meantime, have you checked out the great personal essays over at the Pseudopod Kickstarter? A pledge as little as $10 gets your a digital copy of ‘Of Mortal Things Unsung’, their first anthology.