20,001: A Steampunk Odyssey

Attention all Steampunk writers! Kindling Press has made a call for submissions to their latest anthology effort, 20,001: A Steampunk Odyssey, a collection of Steampunk short stories.

Check out the specifics of the call right here, straight from the Kindling Press site:

Preference will be given to stories involving the Sea and its mysterious Denizens; submarine travel and related Contrivances; transoceanic Escapades, mysterious Islands, &c.

The preferred length of submissions is 2000 to 6000 words, but longer or shorter works may be considered on a case by case basis.  All submissions must be original works and cannot have previously appeared in any form. Only submissions formatted in Microsoft Word and written for the Steampunk genre will be accepted.

Send all submissions as attachments to submissions@kindlingpress.com no later than July 31, 2011.  Accepted submissions will be paid a modest fee, with a further advance to be paid if sales are sufficient to cover it.  Authors will retain full rights to their work beyond this original publishing, which will extend to both e-formats and a small run of traditionally printed copies.

Paid work for writers and you get to keep the rights to what you create?! Don’t miss this opportunity to get your work read by many a Steampunk with Kindling Press.

The Complete Vangeline Cycle

Parliament and Wake is one of my favorite places for ongoing Steampunk fiction, and I love their pro-punk approach to Steampunk. They have some amazing fiction on their site, and much of it is a work in progress. The stories and the worlds created at Parliament and Wake are generally under perpetual development.

The Vangeline Cycle is a story series published by Parliament and Wake that has reached its completion and is now available in its entirety for your reading pleasure. It’s free to read, so check it out now!

After you’re finished reading The Vangeline Cycle, check out the poem that inspired the work, Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

There’s also tons of fantastic reading to be enjoyed at the larger Parliament and Wake website, so be sure to check it out.

Steampunk Novel Writing

Steampunk as a termed was first defined as literary genre for modern Victorian fantasy and science fiction. It’s no wonder, then, that the written word in Steampunk continues to be pervasive and influential in today’s fiction.

G.D. Falksen is one of those writers who has crafted some exceptional Steampunk novels. He recently wrote an article on one of the most challenging aspects of writing a Steampunk novel, the necessity for world building.

World building is when a fantasy or science fiction author creates a world for their story to be set in. It sounds simple enough, but the process is very involving. A created world has to have a certain distinctiveness to it that will absorb the reader’s imagination and transport them to a place they can believe in as being real.

To do this, a writer must work out the details of the world, from arts, culture, and language to geography, religion, and technology. And like all worlds, there needs to be a level of believability to the world that is crafted. Just writing anything and saying, “well, it’s fiction, so we can do anything!” usually doesn’t cut it with readers.

There’s certain rules in worldbuilding that have to be answered. In Steampunk the role of history and technology place important roles to give readers a good sense of where they are in the fictional world. G.D. Falksen goes into the details of this necessity in an article posted to Steamed! Writing Steampunk Fiction, which you can read here.