Announcing the Songs for a Machine Age Art Contest


I’m holding a contest.  Not just any contest, but a contest wherein people make art about one of the mechanical characters in my new novel, Songs for a Machine Age. This character is a 300-year-old secret whom no one understands, a cornerstone of history and culture in Devien, where Songs takes place.

Here’s the deal:

Check out the Steam Beast Snippets –– various passages from Songs having to do with the Steam Beast, a very mysterious and mechanical character in the culture of Devien.  In fact, posted in the Snippets is a segment of never-before-seen writing from the prequel to Songs, in which the Steam Beast is being worked on by its creator.

Then let your imagination take hold.  What does the Steam Beast look like?  How could you represent this mysterious and tragic being, a being who was born to speak, but had that power taken away, 300 long years ago –– who is seen now as a sort of magical monster, living alone in the underground Labyrinth under the Palace?

What I’m looking for is artwork showing the Steam Beast.  It can be computer-made, hand-drawn, painted, mixed-media or sculpture; whatever you are best at.  You create it, and send me high-quality digital images of it (1 image for 2-D work, and 3 images for 3-D work) by midnight on Sunday, October 28th November 18th (Editor’s Note:  the deadline has been extended to allow me to spread the word at the World Fantasy Convention!).  I’ll be the judge, and you will hear back from me by Wednesday, October 31st November 21st (the day before Thanksgiving). My email is heather -AT- heathermcdougal -DOT- com.

  • The winner will receive $200 and a signed copy of Songs for a Machine Age
  • The three runners-up will each receive a signed copy of Songs, and their work will be posted (with credit, of course) along with the winner –– on this website, Cabinet of Wonders, and Facebook, among other places (more to follow on that; I have some very interesting ideas up my sleeve).

For some more tidbits about the Steam Beast, you can see the video at my Indiegogo campaign, or go to my blog-serial Neddeth’s Bed, where the Steam Beast was first conceived.

Let the art-making begin!

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