Salty Dog Short Story Contest, 2014

The second annual Salt City Steamfest Short Story Contest is getting ready to start up again. I thought I would post it here FIRST! The publishing contract is even better this time. Plus, you get to add “Award Winning” before your name forever…

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 one exemplary Steampunk, victory 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 6,000 words long, submitted as an e-mail attachment in .doc format (only).
– Each entry must be submitted by e-mail to with “Salty Dog: Title by Author” in the subject line.
– Entries must be in Garamond, 12 point font, 1.5 spacing, and 1″ borders. No page numbering.
– The writer’s name (with optional penname) and e-mail address must be at the top of the entry document.
– All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Independence Day (Thursday, July 4) 2014.
– The author must attend the Salt City Steamfest in August, 2014, or the entry is forfeited.
– The decision of the judge, James Wymore, is final.

The Cypher
– While the exact definition of “Steampunk” remains enigmatic, 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 Judge will give preference to stories set in Utah before 1899.

The Treasure
– The official contest winner will be announced and given the 2014 Salty Dog award at the award ceremony.
– The winning author will be awarded a contract with Curiosity Quills Press to publish their story in an anthology.

Now get those difference engines spinning out some fish tales!


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