Book Info

  • Project Leader:
    Bnaslund
  • Participants:
    The WEbook community
  • Who Can Write:
    All Participants (Closed)
  • Category:
    Fiction
  • Genre:
    General
    Sci Fi/Fantasy
  • Language:
    English
  • Created:
    4/2/2011

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OVERVIEW

We know what you’re thinking, “What in the name of Mark Twain’s ring finger is Steampunk, and how do I incorporate it into my scene?” Don’t blow a gasket, we’ll explain.

In its most basic sense, Steampunk fiction presents a world where technology has advanced based upon steam mechanics rather than electricity (read: gears and cogs, not wires and circuits). This is, however, a gross simplification of this rich and expanding sub-genre of speculative fiction. For a more in-depth exploration of Steampunk’s definition, please read and absorb Matthew Delman’s perspective at Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders (http://www.doctorfantastiques.com/steampunkforuninitiated.htm).

Seriously, go read it right now so we’re all on the same page. Then hurry back.

Thanks, hope that sparked some steam-spiration in your writer’s mind. We know it got us quite excited about the possibilities abound in this challenge. Now, a few quick suggestions (that you can ignore) from WEbook:

1.) Steampunk is massive, so don’t try and pack everything into your short scene. Pick some metallic tidbits you find interesting and make them shine.

2.) Don’t forget to create compelling characters. This challenge isn’t all about cogs and airships, make us feel something for someone (yes, that someone can be a steam robot).

3.) We know it can be fun when whistles and valves are involved, but use onomatopoeia sparingly. Please.

Prizes:
 
WEbook will pick our six favorite submissions and award them free entry to PageToFame, our flagship writing contest/feedback steam-machine (see how we slipped “steam” in there? You’re welcome).

As in the last challenge, we will also highlight the aspects of each entry that lead them to victory.

The mysterious Doctor Fantastique will choose his favorite submission from the pool of finalists and send them a steampunk compass (http://www.amazon.com/Glow-Glow-in-the-Dark-Brass-Compass/dp/B001IABX3Y/ref=pd_sim_ac_2). Moreover, the big DF will answer any Steampunk related questions you may have during the contest via twitter @docfantastique (http://twitter.com/docfantastique). Use him, he is both noble and wise in all things related to the ‘punk.

Entries are not to exceed 500 words. The deadline for this challenge is April 30, 2011 at 10 PM EST.

Lastly, we leave you with a Steampunk Alphabet. For inspiration, and for fun.

Airship, Buckle, Cog, Derringer, Engine, Factory, Goggles, Harpoon, Industry, Jules (Verne), Kinetic, Lordly, Mechanical, Nightmare, Oil, Pirates, Queen, Rivets, Smuggler, Turbine, Ultimate, Victorian, Whistle, Xenomorphic (yes we used a dictionary), Yearning, and Zebra…the mechanical kind.

Note #1: WEbook does 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.

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).


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