Steampunk Writing Competition

Daniel Proulx of Catherinette Rings is holding a Steampunk writing competition that I wanted to bring to your attention. Here’s the basic information via Daniel’s blog:

I am holding a new writing competition and invite anyone to write a story about the robbery of my Jewelry. I am looking for an original and creative tale in the Steampunk genre .

Jewelry has been stolen from a Museum , a Private collection , an Individual or Organization .
The Jewelry is of high value / importance . I’m giving flexibility on how you want to bring the Jewelry to life into the story . Use your imagination , The possibilities are endless .

Contest Details
Minimum word count : 1000 words
Maximum word count : 4000 words.
Closes : 10/10/2010

1st place : 150$ of my Steampunk Jewelry
2nd place : 75$ of my Steampunk Jewelry
3rd place : 45 $ of my Steampunk Jewelry

The winning story will be used in some of my Jewelry descriptions . It will be seen on Etsy,Flickr, DeviantArt, Blogs, Website , Twitter, Facebook and more

Email your finished entry to daniel.proulx@ and include the information in this format

Name :
E-mail :
Number of words :
Title :

If you have any questions, you can leave a comment on Daniel’s blog. Writers will be very happy to know that Daniel includes the name of the author where ever he posts the winning story. To see the winning submission from Daniel’s last writing competition, please click here.

And as always, if you are looking for unique Steampunk jewelry, one cannot go wrong in perusing Daniel’s eclectic selection jewelry and sculpture.

The Chap Olympiad

There’s an event taking place this weekend that makes me sincerely wish I were in the place of my coworker who is currently vacationing in London. This weekend, Saturday the 17th from 12 PM to 11PM at Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, is the fifth annual running of The Chap Olympiad, and event that celebrates “athletic ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases.”

You can expect all sorts of thrilling displays of gentlemanly skills at this year’s Olympiad, such as:

Martini Knockout Relay: Teams of four must mix a perfect dry martini (without the aid of a butler) over a gruelling ten-yard course, before having it judged by a connoisseur

Cucumber Sandwich Discus: Individuals must hurl a cucumber sandwich on a china plate as far as possible, with points deducted for getting mud in the sandwich

Moustache Wrestling: The bearded versus the moustachioed, the object of this event is to pluck a single hair from one’s opponent’s facial plumage

Umbrella Jousting: In the medieval tradition, chaps on bicycles approach each other along a boundary and use their brollies to knock each other off. Bowler hats are their only protection

Bounders: A chap must say something so caddish to a lady that he receives a slap. The cad with the reddest face, but the wryest smile, is the winner

And during the lull between these spectacular events, one can enjoy such entertainment as drinking, dancing and general merriment. Throughout the day, there will be live music from big bands, quartets, piano players and cabaret singers.

The Chap Olympiad is hosted by The Chap Magazine – a monthly journal celebrating tweeds, hat doffing, Martini’s and all things gentlemanly – and Bourne and Hollingsworth – the group behind Prohibition and The Blitz Party. You can purchase tickets here, and join the Facebook group here.

Steampunk Form & Function Design Competition

Attention all tinkerers, inventors, and Steampunk engineers! Tonight’s event, hot off my stack of Steampunk press releases, is sure to delight your mind and fire up those competitive instincts. Here’s the press release below!

Announcing the launch of and Steampuffin’s 1st Annual Steampunk Form & Function Design Competition.

The competition brings together outstanding Steampunk design innovations, details the design process and promotes the role of the Steampunk designer/craftsman. Along with recycled items, all Steampunk design solutions are primarily built using authentic Victorian (1850s to early 1900s) objects, salvage items, clothing and antiques that incorporate modern technology and have specific functions for modern day, practical uses.

Sponsored by, Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, ModVic, LLC, Steampuffin and Brute Force Studios, the selections in Steampuffin’s Annual Competition represents the best work across the world in creative Steampunk design for housing modern day technology and conveniences, as chosen by a distinguished jury of design peers. All Steampunk design projects will be exhibited at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham MA from October 22, 2010 to May 10, 2011.

Please visit to find out more.

Okay, people, if you consider yourself a Steampunk artist, this event is not to be missed. In fact, you would be insane to miss out on the opportunity to rub shoulders with the creators of ModVic and SteamPuffin. The connections you could establish and attention paid to your winning piece would be incredible. Do not pass up this opportunity to have your work recognized by some of Steampunk’s greats!

The deadline for the competition is September 5, 2010, so goggles down and get to work!