January- Punk

Hello, all. Welcome (back) to Jake’s Monthly, where the new year has inspired us to our most creative project yet!

Before we go into that, though, the latest anthology, Science Fantasy, has been published. Check it out under the Available Anthologies tab or go here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/120479 .

Now, to Punk. The Punk movement in fiction birthed a lot of genres, and a lot of them- splatterpunk and nowpunk, for instance- aren’t what this anthology is designed for. So, let’s specify:

A Punk story is set in a subgenre ending in the word “punk”, where technology of some sort is different. These subgenres are sometimes called the cyberpunk derivatives. For instance, steampunk follows an alternate history where steam technology became as powerful as most modern technology. Cyberpunk deals with a near-future filled with advanced computing technology, artificial intelligences, and massive megacorporations. Clockpunk (clockwork technology), Teslapunk (early twentieth-century wiring technology) and even made-up Punk stories are perfectly acceptable; if you have an interesting Punk story that doesn’t involve the technology or time periods seen in other Punk, feel free to send it in, and be sure to include a catchy name for your new subgenre.

This is an incredibly open anthology, so of course I’m going to have to include two restrictions. Sorry.

1. Absolutely no Dieselpunk (1920s-40s combustion engine technology taken to the max). I like Dieselpunk, but there’s a collection out there that’s hurting for it, and it’s the collection that inspired me to writing. Us relatively-underground anthology presses gotta stick together. If you can find the time and would like an extra publishing credit, write up a Dieselpunk story and send it in- guidelines and editor’s email found here: http://staticmovement.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=monaghan&action=display&thread=425.

2. Give your story as dazzling a setting as possible. Characters and conflict are certainly important, but your story definitely needs to showcase its world, and the technology available in it. I’m not asking you to give me a ten-page geography lesson, but do put some extra focus on the time period and technology that your story revolves around.

That’s it. Just click on the tab up top labelled “Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines” and read through the formatting rules to reach my email address.

I look forward to reading your submissions.

-Jake (The One-Man Staff)

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