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Tales of New Babbage, Volume 3

Greetings Babbagers!

Today we’re officially announcing Tales of New Babbage, Volume 3!

For those of you new to town, the Tales project is an ongoing effort to publish short stories written by Babbagers and about Babbage. Volume 1 was released in December of 2011 and Volume 2 in December 2012. (Some say each volume is better than the last…)

We crowdfund (pre-sell, really) our initial publication charges and promote it ourselves online and at steampunk festivals. Any proceeds in excess of costs go to Tenk and the City’s rainy day fund.

Anyone (resident or otherwise) is welcome to submit a story (between 600 and 7,500 words) related to or set in the city somehow. It doesn’t have to be a new one (although they would certainly be welcome), but it shouldn’t be one that appeared in the last volume. [Note: please ask Canolli Capalini for guidance in submitting stories previously submitted to the Flash Fiction contest she runs every year.]

If your story is selected, you’ll be asked to sign a brief copyright agreement that allows the piece to appear in the anthology. (You’ll retain all other rights.) That document needs to be signed in your own name (avatar signatures aren’t recognized by courts yet), but we promise to respect avatar anonymity. If your submission is accepted, you get a complimentary printed copy of the book, the satisfaction of knowing you perpetuated the City’s legacy, plus the bragging rights of being a “published” author.

Mr Tenk, Bookworm Hienrichs, and Junie Ginsburg have agreed to help review, select, and edit the stories that will appear in Volume 3. The deadline for submissions is SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 (Labor Day, for those of you in the States). Please send them to

Please let me know if you have any questions:!

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  1. Phineas Frakture Phineas Frakture May 21, 2013

    Already writing!  can’t wait to read the next collection

  2. Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood May 22, 2013

    Is the the inter-related chapter-y one?

    • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk May 22, 2013

      No, this is the short story anthology as the past 2

  3. Buckminster Solo Buckminster Solo May 22, 2013

    Will there be another Kickstarter fundraiser? And will there be posters made so we can promote it inworld?

  4. Bookworm Hienrichs Bookworm Hienrichs July 28, 2013

    Bump! A month and a bit to go. Wrangle your muses into order and get writing!

    • Emerson Lighthouse Emerson Lighthouse July 29, 2013

      Are there muses in Bump? Who knew.

      • Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood August 4, 2013

        Not really the kind of muses one would wanna associate with; tentacled, squidlike, fish-faced. Generally unpleasant.

        • Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg August 5, 2013

          *contemplates pickled muse*

  5. Phineas Frakture Phineas Frakture August 25, 2013

    just submitted mine …let me know if it showed up, it always gets lost in the aether for some reason.

    • Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon September 1, 2013

      This one is unicorn approved!

  6. Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin September 1, 2013

    Story submitted in Word format, fingers crossed!

  7. Bookworm Hienrichs Bookworm Hienrichs September 29, 2013


    We’re at about half of what Volume 2 contains, so keep writing, folks!  We’ll keep the deadline open until we get enough for publication.

  8. Phineas Frakture Phineas Frakture September 30, 2013

    ooh, second story to submit!  have to start writing!  Come on people, time to get published!


  9. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk November 7, 2013

    currently at about 40k. that mean 2/3 there!

    • Buckminster Solo Buckminster Solo November 9, 2013

      Can’t reply. Busy writing.

  10. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk November 11, 2013

    Hey folks, there was a submission that made scenes from Caledon and Steelhead as major parts of a story, and after much discussion, Miss Ginsburg and I agreed that this was probably a very bad idea (among other things, there are copyrights involved).We didn’t reject the story, but the author agreed with our reasons and took it back for a rewrite.

    So, please don’t reference other SL estates if you don’t absolutely have to. They would be distant and far lands, if they existed at all, in “our world.”

    right, that’s enough doublethink for a sunday evening. back to our regularly scheduled programming…

    • Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood November 12, 2013

      Oh maaaaaaaaaaaaan. Um, so, can we just refer to them, not have settings in them, or is that verboten as well? 

      • Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg November 12, 2013

        As Tenk mentioned, there are copyrights involved.  Also, non-SL / non-Steamlands readers won’t have any frame of reference for those places anyway, it could be anywhere.  It would be good to replace those names with fictional places.

        Sorry to be difficult!

      • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk November 12, 2013

        passing references, possibly, for example, steelhead lumber, educated in caledon…. but going much beyond that it starts getting into meta/game mechanics. safer to make something up.

        • Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood November 17, 2013

          So Pangnostic University in North Ada will have to do.

  11. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk November 11, 2013

    while i’m thinking about it….

    the submissions that stand the best chance of being rejected or sent back for rewriting are the ones that suffer from “Roleplay Report Syndrome.”

    its sort of like being forced to watch your next door neighbor’s vacation slides. all 9 carosels worth. if you are too young to know what that means, be happy.

    • Cyan Rayna Cyan Rayna November 12, 2013

      My Grandparents had tons of slides, and funny enough as kids loved to look at their old vacation slides.

      • Mr Tenk Mr Tenk November 12, 2013

        grampa’s slideshows were great.

        dad had no concept of self editing when he invited the neighbors over.

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