Submission Guidelines

This page contains information on the submission guidelines for STEAMPUNK ADVENTURES magazine and covers the following subjects:

– Timeline

– Manusscript Submission Requirements

– Photography Requirements

– Payment

This is a somewhat fluid document and these guidelines are subject to refinement and modification.


•    STEAMPUNK ADVENTURES launches on or close to the 13th of every month.

•    All submissions received by the 1st of the month will be considered for publication in the current production cycle.

•    All submissions must be sent via email to

•    Rewrites (if any) should be resubmitted to on or before the 7th of every month by 12 Noon SLT. Approval of edits or rewrites received after the 7th will be published at the discretion of the Editors.


Your submissions will be edited.  You will have the opportunity to review your edited article only if you submitted the article on or before the submission deadline of the 1st. The ultimate decision regarding all content to be published in STEAMPUNK
ADVENTURES is made by the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.


Steampunk Adventures will consider material submitted by any writer, and consider it solely on the basis of merit. We are definitely eager to find and develop new, capable writers as well as promote established ones.  For works of fiction we have only a few editorial guidelines.  First, we are primarily interested in works that fit generally within one or the other or both of the defining themes of our magazine, namely Steampunk and Adventure.  We recognize that these themes are open to interpretation and nuance. Our aim is not to impede the creative muse, but rather to channel it. 

Steampunk can be loosely defined as “a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era Britain inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of “the path not taken” of such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or digital mechanical computers (such as Charles Babbage’s Analytical engine); these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality.” (Wikipedia: Steampunk)  Another detailed discussion of the genre is available on the Datamancer website (Authority, Legitimacy, and Voice: Defining Steampunk). 

Adventure is a much easier concept to define, and considerably broader in scope.  We want interesting, compelling stories, reasonably well paced with a definite beginning, middle and end.  The Adventure may be physical, metaphysical, sociological, psychological or spiritual.  Again, we are willing to consider any story that compels our interest, or can be seen to fall within either or both of these themes. 

Secondly, while we recognize that depictions of sexuality and other adult concepts and themes are part and parcel of good literature we will not accept purely pornographic material.  We accept that there is a distinction between the erotic and the pornographic.  The determination of what is and is not acceptable is at the sole discretion of the Editorial Staff, but generally speaking stories written for the sole purpose of exciting the base passions will not be considered for publication.  However, we may keep them for ourselves and pass them around. 


1.    Story length should be between 1,500 – 6,000 words for single issue publication.  Poetic works are expected to range from as little as a few stanzas, a la haiku, to as long as epics.  Exceptions will be made for contest related submissions. Longer works will be considered for serialized publication.

2.    Spell check!  Please spell check your article before submission!

3.    Manuscripts should be submitted as email attachments in WORD or ODF format.  The receiving email box is

4.    The author’s full name (First Life, Second Life or both) and email address should be at the top of the first page of the manuscript.  If you prefer we publish your work under a pseudonym that is fine; however, We publish under the Creative Commons – Attribution, Same As license and cannot correctly attribute the authors without a proper name, nor can we contact you for future submissions or editorial requests without a working email address.


Your photos will be edited as needed to faciliate the layout process.

1.     High-resolution quality 1600 x 1200 or higher with full permissions.  Full Page is 1300W * 1800H  and a Double Page is 2600W * 1800H.

2.     Do not manipulate the edges of the images or add borders.

3.     Include the full name of the photographer for publication credit.

4.    Please select a green or white background when possible (ie: you are not wearing green, do you have green eyes or green tattoos, etc.). Obvious exceptions to this rule are fashion photos shot on location, pictures of builds or sims.

5.     Make sure prim attachments are fully visible and not improperly embedded in an avatar.  Example:  double-check prim jewelry

6.     Check the angle of your shot and ensure hands and feet are fully visible if appropriate.

7.      Email your photos to

By submitting your article the right of use is transferred to STEAMPUNK ADVENTURES Magazine. Articles are exclusively used for magazine content except literary work e.g. short stories. In this case the right of use remains with the author.


Steampunk Adventures will pay our contributors in Linden Dollars.  Stories selected for publication in a single issue will be paid L$1500.  Stories spanning two or more will be paid L$1500 per issue.  Photographic, and other visual art works will be paid L$150 per image used.