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The Cat With Blue Fur Contest

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!

2014 Parsec Finalists!

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.

Camp Myth RPG Receives ENnie Nomination!

Congratulations to Chris Lewis Carter and the Camp Myth RPG for making the ENnie Award short list in the Best Family Game category!

The ENnies are a series of fan-created awards for tabletop RPGs given every year at GenCon in Indianapolis.

Good luck, Chris!! Felix, Argee and Moxie are rooting for you!

Submissions Update

Hello everyone! A quick note for our authors. We’re now caught up on most stories submitted before May 1st. (I have a few re-submits which require further reading.) As always, if you haven’t heard from me regarding a story submitted in this window, please drop me a line.

Due to vacation schedules, our next response round will be near the end of July. Please continue to submit stories during the lull, I look forward to reading them when I get back!

Metacast 2: State of the Union 2013

Show Notes

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at

Hello everyone! This is your editor, Marguerite Kenner.

Every year, one of my favorite game companies publishes a Stakeholders Report. As Steve puts it, while the company only has one shareholder, lots of people have a stake in its success and so he writes them an annual report about how well the company has done, what projects it tackled, and its plans for the future.

But we’re a podcast. Rather than writing you a long blog post, I’m taking a tradition from my American homeland. Welcome to Cast of Wonders’ first State of the Union address for 2013.