Clockwork, Curses, and Coal Anthology 11

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Steampunk’s core is a re-imagined 1800s using steam-powered technology so it is all about gears, goggles and gaslamps. And corsets and courtship and exploration (often in the form of colonialism). I want the bustles, parasols, high tea and airships, of course, but I also welcome stories which confront the darker, problematic side of Victorian sensibilities and attitudes. Plus fairy tales. For example: What if a shoemaker was visited at night by tiny automatons? What if the little mermaid didn’t have to find a to escape the ocean to be with her prince, but instead her social class? What if a woman’s upper class family was embarrassed by her scientific endeavors so they locked her in a tower… or tried to, anyway? Or a mechanized cat discovers a pair of fantastic boots? Or an explorer climbed a giant beanstalk and found a whole new, forgotten world? Original fairy tales are welcome, as are retellings. If you choose to retell a familiar favourite, make sure your story offers something new and interesting. I’d rather see stories that reflect the long history of fairy tales as social commentary than those which simply tell the same story with a different setting. Although steampunk tends to be focused in the American ‘wild west’ or Victorian England, this anthology needn’t be. I am open to stories set all over the world, and would love to see ‘Own Voices’ stories. As with the first book in the Punked Up Fairy Tales series, Grimm, Grit and Gasoline, I would love to see a diverse collection when it comes to which fairy tales are represented but also the races, genders and sexualities of the characters within them.

Country of Publication

United States

Audience

Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationOne-time publication.
Print Publication Print PublicationOne-time publication.

Fiction Closed

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasySubgenre: Retrofuturism.
Science Fiction Science FictionSubgenre: Retrofuturism.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
Topics:
Folklore/Mythology (Fairy tales), Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Payscale:
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Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMulti-EntriesMedia
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Dates

Last Updated: 31 Mar 2020
Date Added: 25 Jul 2019

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