The Clockwork Jungle Book – Steampunk Writing Opportunity

I came across a pretty interesting writing opportunity yesterday and thought I would share it here. Shimmer Magazine, a critically acclaimed online speculative fiction magazine which some of you might remember me mentioning when they had their Pirate themed issue, is asking for submissions for another themed issue. The issue is to be titled The Clockwork Jungle Book and in their words “We’re looking to explore the steampunk sub-genre through a series of short, succinct fables, preferably using a variety of animals to give the issue a particular feel and theme.” The deadline for submissions is Feb. 29th, 2008 and the maximum word count is 3,500 words. Accepted stories will be paid at one cent per word. Here is a link to their guidelines.

For those of you not sure what Steampunk is, here is a good description Shimmer posted on their site:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of speculative fiction in dialogue with the Victorian period and Victoriana (though not exclusively), and much of its energy, fun and sense-of-wonder stems from the juxtaposition of Victorian values and a Victorian world-view with advancements in technology that have occurred ahead of their time (i.e. the computer age has developed concurrently with the industrial age). Much of this technology will in fact be “retro-technology”; a device that has the same use or output as its modern counterpart (or indeed science-fictional counterpart) but will be built using the materials and aesthetics of the time.

An excellent blog on all things Steampunk is Brass Goggles.

I already have a pretty solid story idea and am really going to try to submit something this time.  As always, I’ll probably get all excited, write a few hundred words, and then move on to the next exciting thing. I hope not, though.