We got a message from someone who thought our 300 word writing challenge was a bit cliched. The person who contacted our publisher seemed to be under the impression we were requiring a shootout of some kind. Nowhere in the guidelines does it say anything of the sort. What sort of story a contributor wants to do is up to them. We just set out certain parameters. That's why it's called a writing challenge. Whether a shootout takes place or something else entirely is up to the writer. Frankly, with only one bullet, a shootout seems improbable and certainly not the only approach to the situation.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
We wish everyone a happy new year. Although our first reading period won't start for another month, we have now posted our writers guidelines. Just click on the tab. Please note there are actually two pages, as we are continuing our popular 300 word writing challenges which we did with Steampunk Trails 2.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
We wish all of our readers the best for the holidays. In a few days we'll began the process of developing our new magazine. The writers guidelines will be posted here and emailed to past contributors of Steampunk Trails & Science Fiction Trails.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
We're changing our name from Steampunk Trails to Story Emporium: Purveyors of Steampunk & Weird Western Adventure. We'll be posting more information in the near future. Basically, there will be a little wider mix of stories under our new format. Other than that, we like to think of this as an evolution of our magazine. After two issues, we took a hard look at where we wanted to go and felt we needed a little broader mix of stories. This is not a huge change. J. A. Campbell will remain editor and David B. Riley continues as publisher. Our new writers guidelines will be available early in 2015.