Judging the Salty Dog

It’s official, I will be judging the short story contest at Salt City Steamfest! You can get the information here or there. If you win, Curiosity Quills Press will publish your story!

You think you can spin a yarn worthy of the Salty Dog? Aye, many of you might. But only one will earn the approval of Captain Wymore and get the saline canine stamped on the cover of their story. For the one exemplary Steampunk, glory and fortune awaits!

The Salty Dog
Short Story Contest Rules

The Clockwork
– Only Steampunk stories are allowed. (See definition under “The Cypher” below.)
– No excerpts, previously published short stories, or short stories under consideration by other magazines or publishers are allowed.
– Stories should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words long, submitted as a .doc format (only).
– Entries must be in Garamond, 12 point font, 1.5 spacing, and 1″ borders. No page numbering.
– The writer’s name (with optional penname), address, phone number, and e-mail address must be at the top of the entry document.
– Each entry must be submitted via the entry form here: Salty Dog Submissions
– All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Independence Day (Thursday, July 4) 2013.
– The author must attend the Salt City Steamfest in July, 2013, or the entry is forfeited.
– The decision of the judge, James Wymore, is final.

The Cypher
– While the exact definition of “Steampunk” remains enigmatc, for the purposes of this contest, Steampunk will be defined as:
* Historical Science Fiction
* Historical Fantasy
* Speculative Alternate History
– While character and a good story win the day, the themes most likely to impress the judge are:
* Airships, trains, steamboats, submarines, and other fantastic machines
* Clockwork, difference engines, and spirit photographs
* American Indians, the Great Salt Lake, and Utah’s Wild West

The Treasure
– The official contest winner will be announced and given the 2013 Salty Dog award at the award ceremony.
– The winning author will be given a contract with Curiosity Quills Press to publish their story.
– The winning entry will be published in e-book format with exclusive cover art, including the Salty Dog award.

Don’t miss this one chance to make history by being the first person ever to win a Salty Dog!


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