For writers who are looking to break out of their typical genres and work with new conventions and material, Figment recommends exploring steampunk. For the uninitiated, steampunk is: “a sci-fi subculture that offers a fresh, romanticized view on technology by making it retro” (for a comprehensive explanation of the movement, check out MTV’s article here). Think a mixture of 19th century Victorian stylings melded with gears and gadgetry. Notable novels that are associated with the steampunk movement include A Clockwork Orange, the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, and the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld.
For our Steampunk Romance contest, inspired by Corsets and Clockwork, a collection of 13 Steampunk romances edited by Trisha Telep (find an excerpt on Figment here), Figmenters are challenged to write a steampunk romance of their very own. What would a romance look like if it were set in an mechanized, sci-fi world? Your story or poem should be less than 1,000 words.
How to enter:
-Submit your entry by 12AM EST on Tuesday, May 3rd to firstname.lastname@example.org, copy and pasted in the body of the email.
-Follow Steampunk Romance on Figment.
Finalists will be voted on the following week on the blog, and the winner will receive a copy of Corsets and Clockwork as well as an awesome steampunk device of his or her choosing: either a pair of goggles, a monocle, or a compass.
Strap on that thinking cap (or top hat, rather), Figmenters! Best of luck!
1. One entry per person, please.
2. The promotion of your contest entry is not allowed on Figment. This includes self-promotion and the promotion of other users’ contest entries in the Figment forums, the comments and reviews of stories, and the Figment Facebook page. Independent promotion on sites unrelated to Figment, like personal Facebook or Twitter accounts, is fine.
3. Works must be submitted to the above email address between the announcement of the contest and the closure of the contest. Entries created before the start date or after the end date will not be included in the pages of contest entries and will be ineligible to win. This means a new story must be created for the contest; adapting an old story published before the start of the contest will make the entry ineligible to win.
4. The rules of the contest are both strict and open to interpretation by a moderator.
5. The creation of multiple accounts to heart or otherwise vote for your contest entry on Figment is prohibited, and may result in the disqualification of that entry, the deletion of your Figment account, and/or the blocking of your IP address permanently from the site, at the moderator’s discretion.