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STEAMPUNK & STEAMFUNK WRITERS, GET READY! Seeking your stories for a new anthology!

STEAMPUNK & STEAMFUNK WRITERS, GET READY! Seeking your stories for a new anthology!

Iyalogun Ojetade as Harriet Tubman, leader of the Guardians.

Iyalogun Ojetade as Harriet Tubman, leader of the Guardians.

MVmedia, publisher of Sword & Soul, Steamfunk and Science Fiction, today announced that submissions are now being taken for the second Steamfunk anthology the multimedia company will publish – Rite of Passage: Road to Nicodemus.

Based on the feature film, Rite of Passage – which is set in a world conceived by authors Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade, based on a short story by Milton Davis of the same name – Rite of Passage: Road to Nicodemus will contain a collection of short stories inspired by this exciting alternate history Steamfunk world.

The release of Road to Nicodemus will coincide with the release of the movie in February 2014.

MVmedia is seeking completed stories between 2,000 and 10,000 words.

Writers will be paid $25.00 upon release of the anthology.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2013

Initial release will be in e-book format. Paperback release will occur at a later date.

Here are the Submission Guidelines and a breakdown of the world of Rite of Passage:


  1. Submissions must be set during the era of reconstruction (1865 – 1877). The story can begin at any time in the past, but the bulk of the story (roughly 75%) should take place during reconstruction.
  2. The story can begin anywhere in the world, but will end up in – or on the road to – Nicodemus, KS.
  3. Main characters – be they Guardians or Emissaries (see below) – should be in possession of an artifact – a special item that grants the user incredible powers. This artifact will have been bestowed upon the Guardian by a Mentor. Artifacts can be anything: a book; a gun; a sword; the saliva of a werewolf; a drum; etc. and the method of bestowal is up to the author. All artifacts are linked to some African deity.
  4. Technology is a combination of mundane technology of the era and retrofuturistic Steam technology.
  5. Magic, psionics and the like are acceptable, as long as they are linked to some artifact.
  6. The main character should be of African descent / Black.


Steamfunk Bass Reeves Harriet Tubman – the living embodiment of the power of the artifacts – had a vision that told her Jedediah Green – a powerful and dark entity whose power comes from the consumption of the artifacts’ power through consumption of the wielders of the artifacts’ souls – would descend upon the thriving Black-owned town of Nicodemus and from there, gather the ability to subjugate the world.

Harriet – whose power is fueled by the use of the artifacts (whether used for good or evil) – travelled the world, gathering the original bearers of the artifacts and convincing them to pass on the items and how to use them (which eventually bring about a severe depression and longing for release from the responsibility of bearing the artifact) to new bearers who would help her oppose Jedediah Green and his Emissaries.

The original bearers thus became Mentors and the new bearers of the artifacts became known as Guardians.

Harriet has called for all the Guardians to take up residence in Nicodemus, KS and has personally bought a few there herself.

The known Guardians thus far, their Mentors and their artifacts are:

Harriet Tubman – Mentor: Akingbe; Artifact: She is an artifact.

Dorothy Wright – Mentor: Akingbe / Harriet Tubman; Artifact: Shango’s necklace.

Bass Reeves – Mentor: Unknown; Artifact: Carbine and revolver/shotgun hybrid (Deity unknown)

John Henry – Mentor: Ogunlana (“Lana”); Artifact: Twin hammers of Ogun.

Jake Jessup – Mentor: Tara Malloy; Artifact: Shapeshifter’s blood, a gift from Eshu.

Henry Turnipseed / John D. Konkeroo (Mayor of Nicodemus) – Mentor: Mr. Giggles; Artifact: Baron Samedi’s top-hat.

Osho Adewale / The Dentist of Westminster – Mentor: Falana; Artifact: Tome of Obatala.

James and Corliss Riley (“the twins”) – Mentor(s): Grandma and Grandpa Riley; Artifacts: James uses goofa dust, black cat bones and other “conjure” tools; Corliss uses a fiddle. Both artifacts are from the Ibeji twin spirits.


Mark Curtis - Steampunk and Cosplayer - portrays vampire leader, Greasy Grant in the feature film, Rite of Passage.

Mark Curtis – Steampunk and Cosplayer – portrays vampire leader, Greasy Grant in the feature film, Rite of Passage.

Jedediah Green is the living embodiment of the dark energy that gave birth to vampires, ghasts, ghouls, lichs and other undead and evil. As such, these creatures do his bidding. Also, Jedediah maintains several Emissaries, who he is the sole Mentor of and to whom he grants an artifact forged by unknown dark deities.

The known Emissaries are:

The Piper / Tillman (once helped to escape to freedom by Harriet Tubman) – Artifact: Flute

P.T. Barnum – Artifact: Money clip

Peter Pan – Artifact: None; Peter is one of the oldest and most powerful vampires in the world who loyally serves Jedediah Green, who he narcissistically believes is his shadow self.

So, there you have it. If you feel you have a compelling story to tell – one that will enhance and / or expand the Rite of Passage universe – please, submit it to

Now, hop offline (after you read a few more of my posts if you’re new here) and get to writing; and most of all…have fun!


16 responses

  1. Reblogged this on LuckyGirl MEDIA recommends and commented:
    Worthy of your Attention! Writers Take Note!

    October 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

  2. Have a few questions… should i send to you or Milton?

    October 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    • Either of us is fine as far as the world of Rite of Passage is concerned. if it is a business question, Milton is the one to talk to.
      I am eager to read what you create this time, Ray!

      October 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm

  3. Fujimoto

    Very interesting. I take it that “The main character should be of African descent / Black” means I can have an original main character as long as zie follows the guidelines, because I have an idea for a story now.

    October 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    • Yes, you can have an original main character. Great! I look forward to reading your story!

      October 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      • Fujimoto

        Thank you very much. I hope I can pull this off. 31 December. Easy to remember.

        Thanks for clarifying!

        October 16, 2013 at 9:02 pm

  4. Reblogged this on Corner Store Press.

    October 16, 2013 at 11:49 pm

  5. When it comes to writing in someone else’s universe (be it fanfiction, collaboration or whatever) I believe that Cannon is King. I like to keep to the mythology and not “disallow” either things that Have happened or Will happen in the course of the Original Writer’s story.

    So I’m asking, how concerned are you with keeping the mythology accurate/consistent?
    & can I get either more detail on it, or preferably a link to a story set in this universe? (I found the “Scythe of Death” excerpt, but the link back to the “whole story” on this blog didn’t work & Google is being a nuisance).

    October 21, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    • We certainly want the mythology to be consistent. Please read Rite of Passage: The Web. The Scythe is not part of the Rite of Passage universe.

      October 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm

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  7. Fujimoto

    Will this work be canon to the Chronicles of Harriet books? The information on Rite of Passage seems a little different from what I read in the books, but I just want to be sure.

    December 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    • Rite of Passage takes place in a different universe from The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman, Fujimoto.

      December 11, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      • Fujimoto

        Thank you. I thought they seemed different.

        December 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  8. Fujimoto

    I sent a story, “Stronger Than She Looks”, to I hope I’m not too late for this!

    December 29, 2013 at 7:56 am

    • You’re not too late, Fujimoto. I’m reading your story now. Thanks, for submitting! :)

      December 29, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      • Fujimoto

        You’re welcome! I hope it’s satisfactory to you. I’m very glad to hear about it!

        December 29, 2013 at 10:21 pm

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