As a young adult fiction podcast, we’re looking for stories that evoke a sense of wonder and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without explicit sex, violence or strong language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.
We like fiction that makes us think, but the main element should be thrilling entertainment and adventure. We prefer high fantasy — elves, dragons, secondary worlds, and magic — to the more cerebral forms of fantasy you find in adult markets. We like all forms of science fiction: far-future, near future, space opera, “hard” sci-fi — but it must be accessible to our target audience. The same goes for horror, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and other genres. Try us out — if your story fits, we’ll tell you.
Length: Flash fiction (under 1,000 words), short fiction (1,500-4,000 words), serial fiction (4,000+ words), poetry.
Payment: At the moment we are are only able to pay a flat rate of £5 for stories. Most of the time we’ll pay £5 for flash and longer works of poetry too, but at only at our discretion. If the work is exceptional, and in order to bring our audience great fiction, we will occasionally pay higher rates. If a work stretches across a number of shows, we’ll pay £5 for each show. As our audience grows we will be able to increase these payments.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/