Submission Guidelines

The Steampunk Explorer welcomes submissions of articles from experienced and inexperienced writers alike. The most important consideration is whether you can provide content that will inform or entertain our readers. The website's founder has been a professional writer and editor for more than 35 years, and regardless of your experience or writing skills, we will work with you to ensure that your submission meets professional editorial standards in terms of style, grammar, readability, etc.

We are open to submissions in the following categories:

  • Reports on local steampunk and geek culture scenes;
  • Reports about tourist attractions or creative resources likely to be of interest to steampunks;
  • Reports about steampunk or geek culture events;
  • How-to articles about steampunk crafts, fiction writing, etc.;
  • Profiles of interesting people in the steampunk community;
  • Reports or reviews of steampunk-themed books, movies, TV shows, etc.

We are not interested in the following:

  • Material that is unrelated to steampunk or geek culture;
  • Political commentary;
  • "Adults-only" material (our rating is generally PG);
  • Material that is racist, homophobic, misogynistic or potentially libelous;
  • Material that is blatantly promotional or commercial. If you are seeking publicity for a business or event, please see the "Public Relations" section below.

Submission tips

If you are interested in submitting content, please use the contact form and send a brief description of the proposed submission, along with a brief bio.

If we are interested, we'll reply and make the necessary arrangements for submission of the article. We reserve the right to edit submissions for style and to ensure compliance with these guidelines. You will have an opportunity to review and approve any changes before the article is posted.

Disclosure: It's important to disclose any potential conflicts of interest, such as financial ties to the topic of your submission. This won't necessarily preclude us from accepting your submission, but the article must disclose those ties. For example, if your article mentions a company that employs you, the article will state that you are employed by that company.

Compensation: At present, we are unable to offer monetary compensation for editorial submissions. In some cases, we may be able to offer compensation in the form of free advertising. Bios that accompany articles may include links to company websites.

Pseudonyms: Authors are welcome to use steampunk identities or other pseudonyms in their bylines. We may ask for your actual name to ensure that you are not a troll, gremlin, zombie, vampire or some other creature posing as a human.

Exclusivity: We strongly prefer material that is exclusive to The Steampunk Explorer, but we may make exceptions under some circumstances.

Public Relations

The Steampunk Explorer welcomes press releases and other information from organizations that cater to steampunks. This includes information about products, events, businesses, museums and other attractions.

We are especially interested in hearing about steampunk-themed events, restaurants, retail outlets and art exhibitions.

Make your initial contact using the contact form. Please include a phone number (if possible) and indicate the days and times when you are available in case we have follow-up questions. Once we've verified that you're a real human being and not a spambot, we'll send you an email address that you can use for future communication.

If you'd like to be included in our "City Guides" listings, we'll need a link to a website or Facebook page. It's also helpful to include links to relevant Yelp or TripAdvisor reviews. These listings are currently limited to the 36 metro areas in the "City Guides" section. We'll be adding new locations throughout the year, including places in Canada and (eventually) the UK.

The listings in the Events section cover the entire United States.

Editorial Policy

The Steampunk Explorer will not engage in "pay for play," in which a media outlet accepts payment in return for editorial coverage. All editorial decisions are based solely on merit—whether an article informs or entertains our readers.