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Cast of Wonders

Literary Magazine




Cast of Wonders is the leading voice in young adult speculative short fiction, founded in 2011.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    within 8 weeks*
    Editor reported data
    67 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Pays$0.08 per word

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 6000

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction

Payment: $ 0.08 per word

We like all forms of fantasy. We like all forms of science fiction. Our horror offerings tend to be psychological, comedic, or situational — not visceral. We’re happy to read comedy, steampunk, age-appropriate paranormal romance, superheroes and many other genres. We prefer: short stories between 3000 and 4500 words in length: they best fit our target episode length of 30 minutes; flash fiction under 1000 words.


Max words: 6000

Payment: $ 0.08 per word

Our episodes are in English, but we accept and encourage translated stories from across the globe.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    There’s also a field for you to enter any of the items we’ve asked you to note in these submission guidelines, confusingly labelled ‘Cover Letter’. Please do not supply a full covering letter or summary of the story, either on the submission form or the manuscript. The information we’re after includes: reprint information (if applicable), if the author is a Young Author or previously unpublished, if the author is part of an under-represented demographic, if the story is #ownvoices, or if it skirts our content guidelines in any way/touches on sensitive topics. For this last point, this allows us to assign appropriate readers. We’d also ask that you don’t include any identifying personal information here.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    The manuscript should be saved and uploaded in any standard word processing file type, such as Word, Google Docs or .RTF. We do not accept PDFs.

  • Author's rights

    EA’s episodes are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. The entire world has permission to download and distribute the audio files for free, provided they properly credit them, don’t offer them for sale, and don’t make any changes. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it that exceed Fair Use, and mashing it up are all prohibited. Check our Legal page for more details.

  • Additional info

    We are particularly interested in considering stories from younger writers. We’re Looking For Stories that evoke a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, 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 gratuitous or explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. We don’t accept media-based fiction or any kind of fan fiction. We run both reprints and original stories, and have no strong preference between the two. We do not accept multiple submissions from an author at the same time. You may only send us a single story at a time, regardless of length.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

67 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

3 days

Fastest response time

4500 days

Slowest response time

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12-month average acceptance rate

59 days

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Every week we present short stories from some of today’s best genre fiction writers, featuring everything from hard science fiction, to urban fantasy, horror, steampunk, superheroes and more. Our stories are defined by their deep emotional resonance and that critical spark of wonder. We pay our aut...

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