Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Call for Entries: Steampunk Writing Competition

This is a competition to write the back story that goes with my Defender helm, gas mask and gorget. I am looking for an original and creative tale in a steampunk genre that explains who the owner of these leather articles is, how they are used, and how they came to be. The winning entry will be used to promote the sale of the Defender ensemble, and so should mention its various components.

The name Defender has been a working title only, and will be discarded. Each entry should give the character or helmet/mask ensemble a name.

The photos shown below in the previous blog post (or here ) will provide you with most of the features, but there are a couple that may not be obvious. Around the headlamp—and also around the gorget medallion—is inscribed “Gryphon Interplanetary Aeroship Expedition”. On the helmet neckguard are ten parts upon which is engraved “Gryphon Luminiferous Aether Collection Device”. These should both be mentioned in the story.

I will be accepting entries up through Tuesday, August 11, 2009. I alone will be the judge and will determine the winner, who will be announced by August 15. The winner will receive a prize which consists of a $75US credit at my Etsy store, including shipping.

The story can be up to 700 words long. If you have any questions please post them here on this blog. For your finished entry please email it to tom (at) tombanwell (dot) com. The winning story will be published shortly after the end of the competition on my blog. Thanks to all who enter, and let's have some fun!


  1. Congratulations. The helm is wonderful. Good lucky for all writers!

  2. I think I'll be jumping into this contest, sounds like a lot of fun!! Not to mention I'm a big fan of your work.