Saturday, July 05, 2014

Steampunk Short Contest

Story Quest Spec Fic e-zine is holding their 6th annual short story contest, and this year's theme is punk & trains: "Trains – particularly the old-time steam and diesel trains, are often wonderful catalysts for adventure and atmosphere. Whether it be romantic, sinister, or creepy, stories set on trains or at train stations can often elevate a good story into a great, memorable one. This year we have a theme, where we want a story of 3k or less, that involves trains in a meaningful, significant way, crafted in some kind of punk sub genre (refer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberpunk_derivatives). Think of westerns on trains, the Orient Express, the Victorian era’s absolute dependency on the train network, and so many more sources of inspiration." Length: 1-3K (firm); No entry fee; Prizes: "Five or Six short listed stories, all of which will be published in SQ Mag in early 2015 – contracts, including payments for unsolicited entries strictly apply. Within the short list, 1st place will also be awarded US$100.00, 2nd place: US$50.00, 3rd place: US$25.00. Authors who submit to the contest must have a PayPal account to receive their rewards (and SQ Mag payments). No reprints, electronic submissions via site form only, see contest page for more details. Submission Period: Opens August 1st, 2014; Deadline: October 31st, 2014.

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