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    The WEbook community
  • Who Can Write:
    All Participants (Closed)
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    Sci Fi/Fantasy
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Steampunk is often crafted as a futuristic, alternative 19th Century history. Set within either a post-apocalyptic Victorian Britain or the American Wild West, the Steampunk world is one in which steam power has regained mainstream use to create a world of whirring cogs and increasingly tight corsets...

Think H.G. Wells, Philip Pullman and Mary Shelly...
Think alternative, mechanical sci-fi worlds... retro-futuristic inventions... a phantasmagoric Industrial Revolution...

For August's Steampunk Challenge, we want you to manipulate your depiction of modernity and throw us back into the industrial age, but crucially, you must maintain an atmosphere which falls in line with the genre.

We won't be too prescriptive in our brief, because we want to let you explore the genre in your own ways - but what we will be looking for is a convincing transportation into your Steampunk world, and as an added bonus, we'd love to be able to meet some amazingly wacky characters and their inventions along the way.

So, jump in your air-ships, tighten your steam-valves, crank up analytical engine no.7, tighten your corsets and start your journey towards the days of future past...

You have 1,500 words to power up your tale.

Good luck!

The prize this month is a hardback copy of a WEbook of your choice!

The (somewhat) Fine Print:

WEbook will shortlist 6 entries. From which, WEbook will pick one that is the most deserving of this month's prize.
We'll also highlight each story on the blog and see if anyone tries to buy it. If they do, we'll tell them it's a real deal and that they'll have to pay for it!

Note #1: WEbook may not take into account the user ratings when deciding who will win the challenge. We read each submission carefully, and decide the winners based on our own judgment. But this month, we’ll be looking at the user ratings extra carefully!

Note #2: There is sometimes a word count discrepancy between MS Word and WEbook's word count editor, causing authors' entries to appear to go a few words over the limit. Don't worry about this! We are aware of the issue and a few extra words will not affect our consideration of your writing.

Note #3: Only one submission per person, please (you can, however, revise up until the deadline - in fact, you should!).

Note#4: These terms and conditions together with any specific rules set out in prize draw notices (as defined below) are the rules and apply to this WEbook Challenge.

Note#5: The Challenge is open to all registered users of WEbook, and runs from 1st August 2014 until 10 pm EST on September 1st, 2014.

Note#6: In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to a competition, the decision of WEbook shall be final.

Note#7: By entering the Challenge, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current, original and complete. WEbook reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all submissions.