Echelon Press is pleased to announce that we are now seeking queries for a new Steampunk anthology to be published in June 2014. With the release of "Her Majesty's Mysterious Conveyance," and the recent bestselling success of "Once Upon a Clockwork Tale," we proudly offer this new opportunity for Steampunk authors.

The 2014 anthology will be entitled "Alchemy's Dark Secrets," and feature four carefully selected stories that effectively tell the scintillating tale of murder, mystery, or mayhem There need not be a murder as long as a mystery of some sort is solved) set into a solid Steampunk theme. Please note that Echelon is NOT looking for any stories that include vampires, werewolves, zombies, or other creepy entities--humans and automatons only. We will include straight mysteries that lean toward the cozy side. This anthology will be published in both print and electronic formats.

Please send your queries, with a complete marketing strategy, to no later than midnight July 15, 2013. Four queries that indicate a strong understanding of the type of stories we are seeking will be acknowledged, a contract provided, and a full manuscript will be requested no later than August 1, 2013. The authors will have until December 15, 2013 to submit their completed stories for editing.

Given that these stories will be contracted before they are written, Echelon Press reserves the right to void any contract with an author it feels cannot fulfill the obligation of writing a complete story within the acceptable premise.

Authors should be aware that completed works is required to be between 15,000 and 20,000 words. There is no additional flexibility in the word count. All works must be suitable for readers 13 and older. This anthology will be published under the Echelon line, but we always strive to reach young readers.

Queries should include the following information:

  • Name
  • City, State
  • Web/Blog URL
  • Twitter ID
  • Facebook URL
  • Proposed anthology title
  • Proposed story outline (no more than 500 words)