Monday, August 24, 2009

We're Back!

And better than ever.  After a brief hiatus, and vacation [woot!] we are backing and planning STEAM Fest 2010!  If you are interested in helping with the festival in any capacity please contact Lainey at

We've got a lot of cool new ideas for this years [or next years rather!] festival including a writing contes, a themed costume contest, and a brand new full length steampunk play The True History of Henry Rayne and the Airship Pirates by local playwright  and festival coordinator Lainey Welsch, more music, more art and more steampunk theatre!  Details will come as we confirm them.  Until then, you should go to DragonCon and enjoy the all new Alternate History Track!

Writing Contest Rules:

Because STEAM Fest is a theatre festival celebrating the alternate history and inventive science fiction of steampunk in both literary and visual aspects we do ask that all works be related thematically in some way.  For two good jumping off points for the genre we would recommend first: as it is a great overview and introduction to the wild world of steampunk as well as a good history of how it came to be.  

The second resource I would recommend would be: which has great information as well as a wealth of links to various steampunk related goodies. Even if you have never heard of steampunk before I encourage you to learn more and participate.  It is expansive as a sub-genre and there is a little something for everyone.

If you have any questions regarding content please email

Each work must be no longer than 10 pages [not including the title page].  Anything longer will automatically be disqualified.

Entrant may send up to 3 works.  Accompanying each work will be a Title page which includes the following information:

Title of Work

Full Name
Mailing Address
Email Address
Phone Number

Paragraph Synopsis

Please mail hardcopy manuscripts to: 

Lainey Welsch
536 Partin Road
Cleveland, GA 30528

Electronic copies will not be accepted. 
If sending more than one work, please use one envelope. 

All scripts must be postmarked no later than December 1st, 2009.  The winners will be announced by February 28th and a staged reading of the winners will be performed June 19th and 20th at The Academy Theatre's Second Annual STEAM Fest. 

For any questions regarding the contest please email

Thank you and I look forward to your works!

Please feel free to send this to any and all who would like to participate!  The more the  merrier!