This is another deadline that is drawing rapidly closer—just a month left!
We had some questions last time about what constitutes "steampunk." It's an active debate in SF circles, actually, but in practical terms, you cannot do better than to consult the outstanding recent anthology edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft, SteamPowered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories.
Here's the Torquere call:
Steam. Biting. Waistcoats. Airships. Full moons. Snarling. Sex. We need to read these stories!
Shifting Steam will be a new installment in Torquere Press' popular Shifting series. We¹re looking for m/m, or gay male, stories in a steampunk setting with shapeshifting characters. We want all of the adventure and crazy fun of steampunk with all the sexy, growly, biting heat of werewolves and other creatures! Stories should be well-paced and well-written with romance of paramount importance to the storyline.
Stories should range from five thousand to ten thousand words (5000-10000). Payment is $50.00 on publication for first time electronic and print publication rights. No reprints, please. Submission deadline is August 10, 2011 for publication in late fall 2011. Please send clean electronic copy to submissions @ torquerepress.com with Shifting Steam in the subject line. Include query letter, full legal contact information and author biography in submission email. For questions or queries, please contact editor Lorna Hinson at submissions @ torquerepress.com