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Joelyn’s Book Bites: #1:32

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A good year ago (or more, I don’t count days very well), the Happy Smiley Writers Group, together with a few friends, came up with a Science Fiction anthology that comprised of eight short stories – Happiness At the End of the World. A small step towards the promotion of secular, genre fiction into Singapore.

A year later, the same group, with a whole new horde of friends, call for entries for an exciting new chapter to add into our collection of anthologies.


Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy (an imprint of Two Trees) and The Happy Smiley Writers Group are calling for submissions for the second in their sci-fi short story anthology series. This time, they are going Steampunk.

Steampunk Short Story Guidelines:

1) Theme is science fiction steampunk with a happy ending.
2) Word length between 2000 and a firm 6000 words.
3) Deadline for submissions is 31st October.
4) Open to any age, any nationality but must be resident in Singapore. (Singaporeans studying overseas are eligible.)
5) Mail submissions to

Rights and Rules:

1) All stories must the original work of the author. Previously published stories are welcome if the author has retained the rights.
2) Please submit either a Microsoft Word Doc or RTF file.
3) Use the manuscript and style guidelines on
4) Stories are required to contain a happy or a non-depressive ending with no supernatural or magical elements.
5) Average response time is 30 days. Please do not query before November 30.
6) Payment will be set according to royalties, divided between all the writers in the anthology.
7) All submissions chosen for the anthology may be edited.
8) The editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
9) Copyright remains with the author.
10) By submitting work, the author agrees to all the terms and conditions above.

What is Steampunk?

Steampunk stories are usually set in the Victorian era with prominent elements of science fiction or fantasy with fictional technological inventions.

What we’re looking for:

Read our first anthology of post-apocalypse sci-fi Happiness at the End of the World by Happy Smiley and Friends ( to get a good idea of the kind of stories we’re looking for.

What we want are original fun stories that engage the reader’s imagination. Something that is not usually written in school compositions or in typical Singapore fiction. We want something that is different from what people think Singaporeans will write.

What we don’t want:

No graphic violence, explicit sex/erotica scenes nor do we want negative or derogatory stories with highly racial/political/religious themes. Keep it to a young adult rating if you can.

No vampires, no wizards, no werewolves! Save that for a later anthology.

For more information or inquiries please email or


All the best and happy writing peeps!

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