SteamPunk Magazine 8 Open to Submissions

Attention all my writing readers!

Steampunk Magazine is finally gearing up for is return to print and circulation after what we can surely all agree is a too long absence from the community at large. Now it’s finally back and preparing to return to print in November of this year. Hooray!

Making an awesome, informative magazine isn’t an easy endeavor, however, and to be truly awesome, Steampunk Magazine needs contributions from lots of different people with varying viewpoints and opinions. The magazine is now accepting submissions for the eighth issue of Steampunk Magazine. So if you’ve been working on a treatise or just have something you think the rest of the community should be keyed in to, definitely consider getting it on paper with the magazine in mind.

Steampunk Magazine is accepting submissions until the 15th of October. If you’re interested in submitting, read their submission guidelines and then direct any submissions to readers@steampunkmagazine.com. You’ve got well over two weeks to get something in, so do consider it!

And, keep watch here for more Steampunk Magazine updates. I’ll definitely keep you in the loop as more information becomes available.

The Great Steampunk Debate

The latest edition of Steampunk Magazine is one which focuses on the politics and identity of Steampunk. Challenging questions like how or if Steampunk is political, how we understand and interpret our inspirations, and the “scene” of Steampunk is only the beginning of very serious questions a new subculture must ask itself. What does being a Steampunk imply about who we are and what we believe? Why does it matter? Is there a unifying Steampunk identity?

It’s not often that a person can take an active role in the discussion and shaping of one’s subculture. Most are too old and well established that when you adopt a label like “Goth” or “Prep” or “Punk” there are certain things assumed about and ascribed to that person. Steampunk is too young to have these conventions imposed upon its practitioners quite yet, but there certainly seems to be a desire to understand who we are and why we do what we do.

To answer this demand, the makers of Steampunk Magazine have put together The Great Steampunk Debate, a forum for all things culturally Steampunk. Here, you can read the insight and opinions of Steampunks from all over the globe as we try to make sense of our subculture and try to find some unifying parts that make us all inextricably Steampunk. It is certainly more than just polished wood, brass bits, and watch parts, but what exactly is precisely for the debate to decide.

Join the forum and chime in or just read what others have to say. Either way, I know you will find something here which will intrigue you.

Steampunk Magazine Issue 7 Released

The Seventh issue of Steampunk Magazine, New and Future Worlds, has now hit digital shelves and is available for your free enjoyment in electronic form.

You can click the above cover art for a link to the announcement of the 7th edition and a link to download it for free from their Downloads section. There, you can also find an iPhone/Reader optimized edition for 1 GBP if that’s how you prefer to take in your media. If, however, you are old-fashioned like me and love the written word inscribed to paper, a paltry 5 dollars will get you the magazine in print through the store here at Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness.

I’m very excited about this issue because it talks a bit about a topic I’ve yet to discuss here (though I have many personal ideas on the issue) politics and Steampunk.

I’d like to know what you all think about the political aspect of Steampunk and how Steampunk, if at all, influences your political identity. What role does Steampunk play in your activity in politics, who you vote for, and/or what policies you support? Can there be a unified political identity among serious Steampunks and what do you think that would look like?

I, of course, have my own thoughts on this, but I’d love to hear what you all think. If there’s enough interest, I’ll write my own article on this topic.