Monday Markets - Cast of Wonders (via @CastofWonders)

The awesome Escape Artists (EscapePod, Pseudopod, Podcastle) have opened a new pro YA market, 'Cast of Wonders':

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 pervasive obscene language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.

Stories are presented in audio format, which means our audience rarely skim past boring bits. We’re looking for fiction with strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action. We like a proper narrative structure and a unique prose style not laden with clichés and over-worn idioms. We like fiction that makes us think, but the main element should be thrilling entertainment and adventure.

They're paying 6c USD.per word for flash and short fiction, and $100 USD and $20 respectively for reprints of short and flash fiction. They're also amenable to simultaneous subs, which is excellent.

Check the listing here: