2018 Steampunk Fashion Show

On the weekend of July 21st, 2018, as part of the Steampunk Honesdale festivities, the Greater Honesdale Partnership, in association with the Wayne County Arts Alliance, will hold a Steampunk Fashion Show in Honesdale’s Central Park.

We are looking for current and aspiring fashion designers to present fashion selections inspired by the Steampunk aesthetic. We will provide a stages, audience, and emcee. You will need to provide the fashions and the models. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Wayne County Arts Alliance.

2018 Steampunk Art Show

One the weekend of July 21st, 2018, as part of the Steampunk Honesdale Festivities, the Wayne County Arts Alliance, in partnership with the Greater Honesdale Partnership, present the 2nd Annual Steampunk Art Exhibition. There will be four sections of the exhibition: The Cabinet of Curiosities, The Stourbridge Lion Imperial Locomotive, The Steam Exhibit, and the Haberdashery Spectacle.

The Cabinet of Curiosities

The cabinet of curiosities was a mainstay in the house of any well-to-do intellectual for hundreds of years. In honor of Steampunk Honesdale 2018, we are building our own Steampunk Cabinet of Curiosities.  All entries should be less than a foot tall, and something that might be found in a mad scientist’s or Victorian occultist’s personal collection of weird stuff. All accepted entries will be displayed in a rented storefront for the duration of the weekend.

The Stourbridge Lion Imperial Locomotive

We are building a steampunk locomotive. We need artists to construct the cars and engine. Each car and the engine will be sponsored by a local business, and the resulting locomotive will run on special tracks set up for the weekend.

The Steam Exhibit

This is a free-form exhibit, open to all sculpture and other forms of artwork made with the Steampunk theme. All artwork will be displayed in the courtyard of the Cooperage on Saturday, July 21st, throughout the day and the Steampunk Ball happening at the Cooperage later that night. Artists may sell their art at the exhibit, and set up vendor tables for purely art items (no jewelry or clothing.) Artists may display their work for free if they are WCAA members. Non-members must pay at $35 fee, which also gets them an individual membership in the WCAA.

The Haberdashery Spectacle

Top hats, especially altered top hats, are icons of Steampunk. We will be supplying selected artists with a top hat and supplies, each entry being sponsored by a local business. They will make their own interpretation of a “steampunk hat.”




2018 Steampunk Pinewood Derby

On the weekend of July 21st, 2018, as part of the Steampunk Honesdale festivities, the Wayne County Arts Alliance, in partnership with the Greater Honesdale Partnership, present the innagrual Steampunk Pinewood Derby. The Derby will have two parts: The Race, and The Design Contest.

The Race

The race will take place in Central Park, Honesdale, during the weekend. We will be using typical pinewood derby rules.

The Design Contest

Submitted cars will be judged on technical skill, creativity, and expressing the Steampunk theme. While cars submitted to the design contest do not need to actually participate in the race portion (although they are encouraged to do so), they must qualify for the race under the rules linked to above.

2018 WCAA Steampunk Play Festival

English: Jack the Devil in the Penny Dreadfuls...
English: Jack the Devil in the Penny Dreadfuls Paper – 1838 Français : Jack le Diable dans le journal Penny Dreadful – 1838 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) is pleased to announce its first Steampunk Play Festival as part of the festivities of Honesdale’s Steampunk Weekend. The date of the festival is tentatively July 22nd, 2018. The WCAA will begin accepting submissions October 1st 2017. The Deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2018.

We are seeking one act plays the explore the Steampunk genre. We are especially interested in plays that evoke the work of the Decadents, the subject matter or sentiments of the Penny Dreadfuls, or the traditions of the Grand Guignol.

Playwrights will be given the opportunity to present a one act play or portion of their work in a staged reading or as staged as they prefer as part of a festival setting. We offer a blank stage, lighting and sound. Each playwright can present as they wish in terms of highly rehearsed, costumes, props etc. Chosen playwrights are in charge of casting and getting their own director. The WCAA will provide the stage manager and production manager for the festival.


  • Plays must be 10-15 minutes in length.
  • Plays must be original, previously unproduced works.
  • Only one submission per playwright.
  • There is a submission fee of $20, which comes with a complimentary single membership to the WCAA. This fee is waived for current WCAA members.
  • Plays must use and explore the steampunk genre. Plays that draw stylistic inspiration from the Fin de siècle period are preferred. Invoking Penny Dreadfuls or the Grand Guignol is encouraged.
  • All submissions must be received by May 1st, 2018.
  • Three of the submitted plays will be chosen to be performed at the Steampunk Weekend. Winners will be notified by May 15th, 2018.
  • All submissions must include the following:
    • A properly formatted script as an attachment, with title, name of playwright, and contact information.
    • Estimated running time.
    • All relevant information about the performance.
  • The WCAA will provide a stage, lights, and sound. All other props, costumes, or other materials needed must be provided by the playwright.
  • All productions must take no more than 30 minutes to set up, and no more than 30 minutes to tear down, making the stage ready for the next performance.
  • There will be tech rehearsal available the day before the festival. Appointments for tech rehearsal with the selected playwrights will be arranged.
  • All submissions should be emailed to waynecountyartsalliance@gmail.com.

2018 Short Steampunk Movie Festival

Guidelines and Entry Form

Event Date: July 22, 2018

Prospective submitting artists:

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 WCAA Short Steampunk Movie Festival​! Great job!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Your theme is
    • The Steampunk genre
  • Your cost is
    • $0.00 (non-refundable)
  • Your guidelines are
    • A running time less than or equal to seven (7) minutes
    • Nothing too obscene, please use your best judgement
    • Submissions must be received in a digital format capable of being presented
    • All submissions must be accompanied by a completed copy of this submission form
    • The submission deadline is Sunday, June 17th, 2018
    • The festival audience in attendance will vote for their favorite submissions
    • Steampunk Film Festival awards “Magic Lanterns” will be distributed to winners

While you, those involved in the creation of your short moving picture, and the heirs and assigns of both will
retain full ownership of your submission, the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) reserves the right to use the name, credited details, and short moving picture submission in promotional materials and merchandise and for presentation purposes.

The WCAA ​maintains the expectation that submissions are original works and looks forward to
experiencing these works in a community setting, projected onto a screen. If content created by any creators
other than the submitting artists is used in a submission, the WCAA expects proper permission to be
obtained prior to the festival and for content sources to be cited in a submission’s credits. Any copyright-related
issues regarding the use or incorporation of previously created works in a submission to the WCAA Short Steampunk Movie Festival shall be addressed by the creators and owners of submitted moving picture shorts.
Submitting artists agree to hold the WCAA harmless in the event an infringement claim is made against
their moving picture short and to address any such claims without the WCAA.

All submissions will be reviewed prior to selection and public presentation. A portion of these submissions may
be reviewed while eating popcorn and/or pizza and drinking seltzer and/or beer. If a submission is selected, the
submission’s representative​ is entitled to one (1) free ticket for festival admittance pleasure.

To make your submission, please download the entry form here, fill it out, and send it back to us, either as a hard copy to:

Wayne County Arts Alliance

P.O. Box 645

Honesdale, PA 18431

Or you can fill it out electronically and send it back to:


The Lion: 2018 Steampunk Anthology

The Lion Submission Guidelines

What are we looking for?

The Lion is seeking original fiction, flash fiction, micro-fiction, non-fiction, and illustrations dealing with the steampunk genre and aesthetic.

Fiction/Poetry Submissions

What We Are Looking For

Here are the lengths we currently accept:

At this point we are not accepting any stories longer than 5,000 words, so please only submit word counts within the specified limits. We do not accept reprints.

Simultaneous Submissions

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but if your story is accepted elsewhere, please do us the courtesy and let us know right away.

Multiple Submissions

We do not accept multiple submissions. Please wait until we respond to one piece before you send another. Do not re-submit the same piece, unless we specifically ask for it.


The Lion pays 1 cent per word for original fiction, with a minimum $5 for microfiction and $10 for flash fiction and short stories, respectively.

Formatting & Submission

All submissions must submitting electronically as attachments, in the .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt. formats. Please include your name, email address, the work’s title, and the story file.

Deadline & Response Time

The deadline for all submissions is June 1st, 2018. We will respond to all submitters by June 30th, 2018.

What we do not publish

  • Sexual themes and stories with strong sexual content are acceptable, but The Lion is not a market for erotica, so use your judgment.
  • We accept horror stories, but we will not publish anything of a particularly high gory nature, especially for no apparent reason.
  • No stories about child abuse and/or child sexual abuse.
  • Watch the language: we are not prudes, but a story filled with curse words just for the shock effect is not something we are looking for. Again, use your judgment. Please take this as an invitation to develop new, steampunk-specific curse words.
  • For fiction submissions, no “vignettes” or slice-of-life type of stories. Whereas we understand their value, we do not want to publish them. Make sure your stories have a plot.

Non-Fiction Submissions

What do we want?

We want interesting articles that are related to steampunk. These could include essays on the historical period steampunk draws on and that relate to it, the philosophy and philosophical issues within steampunk, reviews of reluctant books and movies, description of steampunk conventions and festivals, and so on.

What are we most likely to accept?

We love to read, but we obviously can’t read everything under the sun, so one thing that we are mostly interested in are book reviews. However, we do not want overly critical book reviews; we don’t want to hear why you hated a book, we want to hear why you loved a book. And the same goes for movie reviews.

Since steampunk is among other things interested in exploring and deconstructing history, articles about lesser-known aspects of victorian culture, or other cultures contemporaneous with Victorian culture, are also highly appreciated.

Payments & Rights

We pay a flat $10 per published article. We purchase First Serial rights and electronic rights. 6 months after purchase, most rights return to the author, but we retain the right to continue selling back issues of the magazine, and the right to archive your articles.

Length & Format Considerations

We prefer articles that are at most 1,000 words, but we will accept articles up to 2,000 words. Please do not send anything longer than that. Submit your articles in standard format.

Art Submissions

What do we want?

We are looking for art the fulfills and explores the Steampunk genre and aesthetic. This may be combined with horror, adventure, romance, or any other subgenre or aesthetic you wish. Submissions may be illustrations, photographs, collage, or multi-media. All accepted submissions except for the cover, see below) will be reproduced in black & white, so that should be taken into consideration.


We accept most PC-compatible file formats, such as: .jpg, .tif, .gif, .png, .pdf. Please make your submissions in 72 dpi with dimensions of maximum 800 width by 600 height. If your art is accepted, we will require a file with 200 dpi resolution. Your file should not exceed 2MB in size. Files who do not follow these rules are automatically deleted by the system.

Payment & Rights

We will choose one image to use as the cover image, for a payment of $15. We will pay $10 for any other images. We purchase First Serial rights and electronic rights. 6 months after purchase, most rights return to the author, but we retain the right to continue selling back issues of the magazine, and the right to archive your art.


All submissions should be emailed as attachments. Please include your name, email address, the titles of the works, and the image files.

Please email all submissions to John L Robinson, at johnnylemuria@gmail.com.

Steampunk Honesdale 2018 Dirigible Regatta

July 21st, 2018, as part of the Steampunk Honesdale Festivities, the Wayne County Arts Alliance, in partnership with the Greater Honesdal Partnership, present the innagrual Dirigible Regatta. This will be a design competition and series of timed heats to take place in Central Park, Honesdale. The following rules are shamelessly adapted (with kind permission) From Caelyn Nagle’s rules for the 2015 Symposium Games Digigible Races.

Buying or Building an RC Dirigible:

Ready to Flydirigible kits seem to be a rare commodity these days. There seem to be only one supplier and they can be purchased from Amazon, or directly through a distributor called http://rctoys.com. These are by a company called Dragonfly Innovations, but there may be one or two other brands to choose from for ready to fly indoor RC Blimps. It may take some Google expertise to find them. I must warn you though, that these Ready to Fly blimps haven’t been known to be very fast or maneuverable.


Your other choices are to either build your own from “scratch” using hobby grade RC electronics, or to use some other flying toy as a “power plant” and build it into a custom helium lift vessel. (Both were done at past Symposiums) There are flying toys that have multiple propellers for control that with a little engineering can be made to provide steering and elevation control to a balloon based airship. You may even find a way of using more than one flying toy, one for forward thrust and steering, one for elevation, or some other configuration. (Which would require teamwork to fly. . . Exciting!) If you’d like to talk to experienced builders, check out the Facebook Group “Steampunk Airship Racers”.

Note: All RC Dirigibles entered in the races and design competition must have a helium filled envelope/balloon, that is at least capable of slowing its decent in the case of a power loss, or a cut throttle. Basically, if you have it flying near the ceiling, and your battery dies or your motors stop working, it shouldn’t fall straight to the floor. Don’t worry if your Dirigible design doesn’t allow for a free floating blimp, just so long as it doesn’t drop like a rock with a loss of power.

Purchasing HeliumAt last check, Helium is reportedly in short supply; so prices are rising as time goes on. Make sure you look for and purchase your helium tank well before the Symposium.

Dirigible Design Specifications:

The Dirigible Regatta will be taking place in the Honesdale Central Park. It will be a race around two poles, one on each side of the park. Headwinds, crosswinds, and the outside environment are all elements to consider.

  1. Size: Dirigibles should be no longer than 80 inches from nose to tail (this is a slight increase from previous years). They should be no wider than 72 inches. They should be no taller than 72 inches from gondola to the top of the balloon(s). Please remember these dimensions aren’t a target to shoot for.
  2. Type: All Dirigibles should be of helium filled/lighter than air type. No hot air dirigibles, flammable gas dirigibles (no Hydrogen) or heavier than air vehicles (helicopters or airplanes) allowed. This is to keep the field competitive speed and maneuverability wise, but also for spectator and facility safety. (Helicopters, Quad Copters and Airplanes can be used as power plants in helium lift dirigibles, just not standalone. If you use one of these heavier than air vehicles as a power plant, it should be enveloped by some kind of decoration or architecture to make it fit as a dirigible, and not just a helicopter suspended from a balloon)
  3. Propulsion: Your primary propulsion must be through electric motors and propellers (or ducted fans). Other inventive, non-volatile propulsion is allowed/encouraged. Keep it safe. If you aren’t sure, ask.
  4. Weapons: Due to the possible expensive nature of remote control dirigibles, and the amount of work that may go into designing and building one of these airships, there will be no “combat” competition at this year’s symposium. However, if you wish to design some kind of working “weapons” into your dirigible for exhibition purposes (such as for the design competition), these must be disabled or removed for the races.
  5. Safety: There will be spectators in the room, and while we do our best to keep them out of the planned flight path, we all know that things can go awry. To avoid any injuries from falling parts, please make sure that all of your Dirigible’s parts are securely attached, and make an inspection prior to each flight.
  6. Name: Your vessel must have a name. It may or may not match the name of your group, so make sure you let us know the name of your RC Dirigible, and if it is not the same as the name of your group, let us know which group your Dirigible represents in the competition.

The Race:

There will be timed qualifying heats this year, followed by a head to head final race by the two fastest qualifiers. The qualifying course will be simple with one left hand hairpin and one right hand hairpin followed by a finish line. From the start line you’ll be given the go by the timing judge and you must fly your Dirigible in the path outlined by the judges. There will be two poles erected on the park, one on each side, with one acting as a starting and finishing line. Each ship must fly from the starting pole, around the far pole, and back to complete one lap. Each timed heat, and the final race, will consist of two laps. When you get past the finish line on your second lap the timing judge will stop your time.

We are only guaranteeing one qualifying run for each registered airship. If at the end of all qualifying runs it is decided there is time for another set of qualifier, all dirigibles will be permitted a second run. This means that the more ready you are, the better your chance at a second chance. So plan ahead and be ready when you are called to the line.


There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prie awarded at the Regatta. The two ships that make it to the final head to head race will fight it out for 1st and 2nd place, with the third best qualifier getting 3rd place. The following exceptions apply:

  • If there is a frequency conflict between the two finalist’s transmitter/receivers, they will simply run timed heats again to determine the winner.
  • If one of the two best qualifiers cannot fly in the final race due to a breakdown, the third best will take that dirigible’s place in the final race, and the dirigible that had to bow out will get 3rd place.

Dirigible Design Competition

There will be a contest for the best design/modification of a stock RC Blimp, or an RC Blimp built from scratch for those that are more adventurous and technically capable. We want to see you make these very modern looking RC toys look as steampunk or Victorian as you can! The rules for this part of the competition are simple:

  1. Your Dirigible must meet all the same specifications as those used in the races.
  2. Your Dirigible must be capable of remote control flight, but doesn’t have to fly well.
  3. Your Dirigible does NOT have to take part in the races to be entered in the design competition; it just must be CAPABLE of Remote Controlled flight.
  4. If you design any kind of weapons into your dirigible, they must not be capable of causing injury to a person, either due to inadvertently or intentionally being in the line of fire, or by being dropped on accidentally due to a malfunction. No weapons may be used in the RACES, they may only be used as a design element, demonstrated in the design competition.
  5. Categories: There will be two categories of designed judged. Each entry can only win in one category. They are:
    1. Best Engineered Design (not to be confused with fastest)
    2. Best Model Building or Artistic Presentation.
  6. Judging: The design competition will be judged by an objective panel to be chosen by the Wayne County Arts Alliance. We will endeavor to choose a layman, a model builder and an actual engineer to be judges, but it depends on who we can find.

In Summary, we hope to see several groups enter an RC Dirigible into the Dirigible Regatta and/or design competition. Please abide by the rules listed above and if you have any questions please feel free to ask. And just remember to keep property damage liability and personal safety in mind when designing or modifying your RC Blimp.

Steampunk Art Show & Art Fair 2018

Art Show

The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), along with the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), is seeking works of art in the steampunk aesthetic, for the 2nd Annual Steampunk Art Show, July 21st, 2018, in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.  Pieces may be paintings, illustrations, multimedia, digital, sculpture, or performance. The WCAA will provide space in Honesdale Central Park for all accepted entries. This is an outside venue, so artists are responsible for make sure their work can survive exposure to the elements, as well as providing protection for the artwork from inclement weather.

Art of any size will be considered. The artist is responsible for bringing the art, displaying it, and taking it away at the end of the show. The works of art must be on display be noon on July 21st, 2018, and packed away by 8 PM that same day.  The WCAA will make a good faith effort to work with all artists to display their art.

The entry fee for the show is $35 (fee is waived for all members of the WCAA.) Your entry fee also buys you an annual membership in the WCAA. Up to five (5) pieces may be submitted per entry. Artists may enter multiple times (the WCAA waiver only covers the first entry.) There are prizes for best piece: $150 for first place, $100 for second place, $50 for third place.

All submissions for the art show must be received no later than June 21st, 2018. Each submission must contain:

  • A picture of the work, or that represents the work,no small that 1200 pixels on its small side, at 300 dpi.
  • The title of the piece
  • The name of the artist
  • An artist’s statement

By submitting this information, the artist agrees to allow the WCAA to use the information and pictures given to promote the show. All other rights are retained by the artist.

To enter the art show, or for more information about it, please contact John at johnnylemuria@gmail.com.

Art Fair

The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA), along with the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), is seeking vendors for it’s 2nd Annual Steampunk Art Fair at Honesdale Central Park as part of Steampunk Weekend, on July 21st, 2018, in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Vendors may sell merchandise that fits the following criteria:

  • The merchandise must deal with or be inspired in some way by the steampunk aesthetic.
  • The merchandise must primarily decorative, and not clothing or jewelry. Steampunk art prints or figurines ar fine. Clockwork earrings and t-shirts are not (there are vendor spaces for those items available through the GHP.)

The vendor fee with $35, and includes an individual yearly membership in the WCAA this fee is waived for all WCAA members.) The WCAA will be providing space for the vendors. The vendors are responsible for setting up in the space provided no later than noon, July 21st 2018, and tearing down by no later than 8 PM later that day. Please be aware this is an outside venue, so some sort of protection from the elements is recommended.

All vendors must register with the WCAA no later than July 7th. To register, please contact John at johnnylemuria@gmail.com. When registering, please include your name, the name of your store or business, and a general description of the artwork you will be selling.