First the bad news: I am sad to announce the steampunk writing contest is cancelled. Despite the good showing we had for last month's contest, I have yet to receive any submissions for this new contest. Perhaps blame rests on me for not promoting it well enough or the format of monthly contests just isn't feasible over the long term. For the sake of not wasting anyone's time I will be cancelling it and suspending future writing contests until I can come up with a better system.
Now the good news: In the very near future I will be paying for original fiction. I am starting to see some results from advertisements so to encourage more original fiction on this site I am going to start offering authors monetary compensation. Now don't think you quit your job and write for the Update for the rest of your life. I am probably going to start off with a flat rate of $5 to $10 and allowing the author to have full reprint rights once the story is posted.. I haven't decided yet, but keep an eye on the Submissions page since it will be getting an overhaul.
So again sorry for cancelling the steampunk contest, but I hope you will enjoy the new policy changes I am making for submissions.
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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a blogger on Amazing Stories and a volunteer editor for Alt Hist magazine. His fiction can be found at Echelon Press, Jake's Monthly and The Were-Traveler. When not writing he works as an attorney, enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.