The Steampunk World’s Fair, the world’s largest Steampunk festival, has helped some of the best-known performers in Steampunk get discovered. Now we’d like to share the Steampunk joy and expand its horizons. For 2018, we are seeking the greatest undiscovered Steampunk AUTHOR in the world!


We’re looking for any sort of Steampunk author: poet, short stories, blogger, novelist, song writer, etc. We’ll transport the winner to the show, provide hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights of the Fair and access to the Con Suite (a room which serves light, non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks throughout the event), be given top billing, right up with our show’s headliners–and there is also a prize of one thousand dollars. The winner will be featured on the Guest of Honor panel, have one scheduled signing session, and two scheduled reading sessions. Further presentation and panel opportunities will also be likely and negotiated with the winner when they are chosen.

The cut-off date is February 1st.  The sooner you apply, the more time we have to read your application carefully!

There will be one winner. The winner will be notified via email on February 17, 2018. The announcement will be made to social media once the winner has been confirmed.


You MUST complete BOTH steps to be eligible to win:

  1. Submit a programming application. Be sure to choose the “Great Steampunk Talent Search” option when you answer the application question “Is there a specific section of programming you’re interested in applying for?”
  2. Send us a sample of your writing. It can be previously published or not, but it should give us a clear idea of who you are and what you do. It should be at least 5 pages long but no more than 25 pages. A sample chapter is acceptable, as long as it’s not longer than 25 pages. Send the writing sample to [email protected] with subject: SPWF 2018 Talent Search

Please be sure to share this page if you know someone who should enter this talent search!

Apply for the Great Steampunk Talent Search Here!
Send Writing Sample Here