One of our favorite Steampunk series is The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross. The first book in the series, The Girl in the Steel Corset, follows Finley Jayne, a girl who’s a bit . . . unusual. When she’s threatened or in danger, Finley can severely injure–even kill–grown men with ease. When she meets Griffin King and his band of misfits, she finally finds a place where she can fit in. But the dark side of her personality is always roiling just below the surface–and sometimes Finley is tempted to give in.
In the second book in the series, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (now on Figment!), Finley and her friends travel to America to stage a rescue mission for a hostage girl.
So what is Steampunk lit, exactly? It’s a unique genre with elements of sci-fi and fantasy, usually set in Victorian-era England or another time period in which technology is primarily steam-powered (like Clockwork Collar‘s American West). Ask the expert–check out this blog post by Kady Cross herself!
In honor of Kady’s Steampunk series, we’re launching a week-long flash-fiction contest. Each day, we’ll be giving you a picture of a Steampunk-inspired object–a gadget, an article of clothing, a tool, etc.–and asking you to use the item in a story of fewer than 200 words.
Our 6/11 prompt is an image chosen by Kady herself:
Tag your story SteampunkChronicles and CrossFlash1 by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, June 15.
Tag your story SteampunkChronicles and CrossFlash2 by 11:59p.m. ET on Friday, June 15.
6/13 Prompt (chosen by author Kady Cross!):
Tag your story SteampunkChronicles and CrossFlash3 by 11:59p.m. ET on Friday, June 15.
6/14 Prompt (chosen by author Kady Cross!):
Tag your story SteampunkChronicles and CrossFlash4 by 11:59p.m. ET on Friday, June 15.
6/15 Prompt (a picture of Kady herself, all Steampunk’d out!):
Tag your story SteampunkChronicles and CrossFlash5 by 11:59p.m. ET on Friday, June 15.
How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 200 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with SteampunkChronicles and the given daily tag on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.
You can enter one story for each prompt, and each of the prompts can be completed at any time during the week. The Figment editors will be choosing the five best entries from each day’s prompt to send to Kady Cross herself, who will be choosing one winner for each prompt. The winning entries will each receive a prize pack of books including The Girl in the Steel Corset and The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross, Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter, Soul Screamers Volume One by Rachel Vincent, Saving June by Hannah Harrington, The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, and Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz.
Photo Credit: Dr. Grymm Laboratories (http://www.drgrymmlaboratories.com/)