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Pod and Planet EVE Fiction Contest - Winners Announced

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Telegram Sam
Sebiestor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#41 - 2014-12-04 03:41:18 UTC  |  Edited by: Telegram Sam
Wow, a nice pipeline wave of entries crashed down on the last day. 60 original stories total. The 8,000 Suns pushed ahead to the most entries; that ought to be an intense one. Who knows what kind of things are in there, but I'd bet it's interesting reading.

Day in the Life is close behind in entries, and as always, completely unpredictable in terms of style and substance. Very nice.

The Swear and Curse category evolved overnight, from a little chuckling corner, into a twice the poundage force projecting laughs into New Eden. Put your goggles on. :)

Next steps for the contest: Give the judges some time to read and think. While you're at it, read your entry and the other stories. Give your fellow writer colleagues some comments. Updates on progress toward prize announcements will be posted on the contest's Updates page.

Please don't forget the people who generously supported this EVE community event, ye writers. Give some of the love back, they're good ones. :) To wit:
-EVE-Bet (25 bil ISK donation)
-eve-games.net (5 bil ISK donation)
-Crink (1 bil ISK donation)
-The Angel Project (1 bil ISK)
-Clueless Space Nerds podcast (1 bil ISK)
one or more anonymous players (6 bil ISK)

Looking forward to reading!
Revileushin Eyri
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#42 - 2014-12-04 11:30:51 UTC
Hey guys! Missed the deadline for my own entry, but would love to get some feedback on it if ya'll got some free time and an itch to read. First time writing where I've tried my hardest to keep within canon whilst still trying to push the boundaries a little. This doesn't mean I want you guys to go easy on the criticisms, though. I take hits well, and even if I don't respond you can know I've read it!

Here's my story. I'm happy to receive feedback in the post's comment section or through EVEMail.

Thanks in advance to anyone who considers it. <3

INACTIVE ATM: Taking Wing - A rambling blog that's mostly EVE stuff.

Telegram Sam
Sebiestor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#43 - 2014-12-05 03:55:47 UTC
Revileushin Eyri wrote:
Hey guys! Missed the deadline for my own entry, but would love to get some feedback on it if ya'll got some free time and an itch to read. First time writing where I've tried my hardest to keep within canon whilst still trying to push the boundaries a little. This doesn't mean I want you guys to go easy on the criticisms, though. I take hits well, and even if I don't respond you can know I've read it!

Here's my story. I'm happy to receive feedback in the post's comment section or through EVEMail.

Thanks in advance to anyone who considers it. <3

Will do mate, looking forward to reading!
Owen Levanth
Sagittarius Unlimited Exploration
#44 - 2014-12-08 20:03:14 UTC  |  Edited by: Owen Levanth
Man this contest needs some more advertising by CCP, I honestly stumbled upon it by accident and about two weeks late.

Luckily I could still finish up a nice story for my entry. This time. P
Alabath Schmidt
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#45 - 2014-12-09 18:55:45 UTC
Mind releasing an update when you've reached judging goalposts? Like, "We've reached the 1/4th mark," "We've reached the 1/2 mark," etc?
Telegram Sam
Sebiestor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#46 - 2014-12-09 19:35:12 UTC
OK, I'll check in with the judges and see if we can get a report.
Alabath Schmidt
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#47 - 2014-12-10 01:54:45 UTC
Telegram Sam wrote:
OK, I'll check in with the judges and see if we can get a report.

Thank you! I'm driving myself crazy by refreshing the updates page several times a day.
Telegram Sam
Sebiestor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#48 - 2014-12-12 02:13:24 UTC  |  Edited by: Telegram Sam
The judges' tally board shows scores for about 1/3 of the stories so far. I can't say more, for fear of disturbing the arcane and sublime revolutions and evolutions of the judging process....
Telegram Sam
Sebiestor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#49 - 2014-12-14 17:25:02 UTC
The judges are still at it. Some great reading in there, by the way. Well done, writers!
Telegram Sam
Sebiestor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#50 - 2014-12-19 02:40:16 UTC  |  Edited by: Telegram Sam
Small update: We judges are trekking through the 50 unknown systems. It's been a really nice trek so far. I'm only sad that I've reached the last spot on the journey. Sad
Telegram Sam
Sebiestor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#51 - 2014-12-23 01:22:13 UTC
Update: The judges have about 80% of the scores in. Having the contest run through November wasn't the first choice (unfortunately), but necessary in order to have a certain notorious judge on board (fortunately), and getting some nice prize donations from kind sponsors (fortunately). And we ended up with 50 good entries (fortunately), which required reading and rating into the holidays (unfortunately). So, considering the judges' family/travel/holiday partying commitments, it might be New Year's YC117 when we announce winners. \o/
Source: Fortunately Unfortunately by Michael Foreman

While you're waiting, BBC News article, Good Omens: How Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote a book How can two writers write a novel together? By both being very imaginative and cool. They really didn't know who what which in the end. Oh yeah! True to the spirit of EVE Online, I'd say.

I'll of course post updates here and on the contest page as soon as they happen.

o7 and happy holidays writers, judges, readers and sponorsing mates!
Telegram Sam
Sebiestor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#52 - 2014-12-30 00:09:27 UTC
Update: The stories have all been scored, but we have to do another quick round to break some ties. Since we're in the week between Santa Day and New Year's, I suspect the judges might be indisposed for the next few days. Shouldn't be much longer, though.
Alabath Schmidt
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#53 - 2014-12-30 01:15:39 UTC
Anticipation has turned my stomach into a war zone.
Telegram Sam
Sebiestor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#54 - 2015-01-04 16:30:26 UTC
All stories have been read and scored, and all ties have been broken. Here are your winning stories:

Grand Prize
Kirith Kodachi, "Borrowed Time" 6 bil ISK

Eight Thousand Suns in New Eden (lore-based)
1st Kazicht Cixit, "Seeing Double" 4.9 bil ISK

2nd Sugar Kyle, "A Conscious Choice" 2.5 bil ISK

2nd Marcus Dreddlin, "The Price of Learning" 2.5 bil ISK

3rd hmnomad / Patrick Lee, "My Father is a Capsuleer" 1.2 bil ISK

3rd Drackarn, "The Wreck" 1.2 bil ISK

3rd Yarrion Yuwen / Grey Y, "Homo Homini Lupus" 1.2 bil ISK

3rd Saul Elsyn / Paul Naughton, "Hope" 1.2 bil ISK

A Day in the Life (free form)
1st Rhavas, "Unchained" 4.3 bil ISK

2nd Alan Mathison / Doc Kinne, "The Gift" 2.2 bil ISK

2nd Carbon Red, "-blank-" 2.2 bil ISK

3rd Saladiin,"Consolidated Cooperation and Relations Command (CONCORD) Secure Commerce Commission v. Wingspan Delivery Services, LLC." 1.1 bil ISK

3rd Brink Albosa, "The Wolf-Rayet" 1.1 bil ISK

3rd DireNecessity, "DireNecessity Antes Up" 1.1 bil ISK

Other Things Just Make You Swear and Curse (humor)
1st Drackarn, "Angels and Sinners" 2.2 bil ISK

2nd Drackarn, "Artificial Stupidity" 1.2 bil ISK

3rd Abavus Durden, "The Hobgoblin” 600 mil ISK

Honorable Mention (from all categories)
Sarah Flinnley, "Politics" 330 mil ISK

Saede Riordan, "The Things We Bury" 330 mil ISK

Callista Dalmore, "The Tally" 330 mil ISK

Korsavius, "Crash" 330 mil ISK

Da'iel Zehn, "Crossfire" 330 mil ISK

Brenn Derrington, "Fledgling Phoenix" 330 mil ISK

Korsavius, "Beautiful Cherry Blossoms" 330 mil ISK

Congratulations writers of winning stories! And congratulations to all of the writers for dreaming up a tale, crafting it into a written narrative, and sharing it with all of us.

Writers and readers, please don't forget to note our generous sponsors, who paid for all of this. Please set them to Good standing or higher and send them your good wishes. Thank you kind sponsors and donors!
EVE-Bet (25 bil ISK donation)
eve-games.net (5 bil ISK donation)
Crink (1 bil ISK donation)
The Angel Project (1 bil ISK)
Clueless Space Nerds podcast (1 bil ISK)
one or more anonymous players (6 bil ISK)

And, thank you judges CCP Falcon, Mike Azariah, The Angel Project! Thank you for donating your time and effort, and thank you for lending your good names to the contest. .

And thank you all writers! Well done, I'd say. (More ramblings about that and other things are on the contest website's Winning Stories page).

o7
Rhavas
Noble Sentiments
Second Empire.
#55 - 2015-01-04 17:04:02 UTC
Thanks Sam for continuing to run this contest - it really brings out some amazing stuff!

Thanks also to the judges for your participation and bringing a high profile to the contest - there is always a lot to read and I know you put a lot of time into doing so - thanks for the recognition but even more for the time and effort you put in.

Thanks sponsors for the great prizes that help Sam be successful!

And finally a huge congrats to Kirith Kodachi, I'm really happy to see him win this year after a bit of a disappointment last year.

Congrats to all the winners!

Author of Interstellar Privateer Shattered Planets, Wormholes and Game Commentary

Drackarn
Stay Frosty.
A Band Apart.
#56 - 2015-01-04 17:21:48 UTC
Absolutely. Many thanks to Sam, the sponsors and the Judges. Another good year with some great stories.

My non-humor piece was placed! I'm shocked Lol

http://sandciderandspaceships.blogspot.com/

Uriel Paradisi Anteovnuecci
Itsukame-Zainou Hyperspatial Inquiries Ltd.
Arataka Research Consortium
#57 - 2015-01-04 17:52:32 UTC
Ah, well there's always next yearSmile

That was fun! Thanks to all of the judges
Nomistrav
Cretus Incendium
Electus Matari
#58 - 2015-01-04 18:40:09 UTC
Are judges available to give feedback on our stories?

"As long as space endures,

as long as sentient beings exist,

until then, may I too remain

and dispel the miseries of the world."

~ Vremaja Idama

Kirith Kodachi
Stay Frosty.
A Band Apart.
#59 - 2015-01-04 19:13:20 UTC
Oh wow, I'm absolutely floored to win after the quality of the entries I was competing against. Lol

Big thanks to Sam for running this contest again and the judges for liking my writing.

I look forward to next year!
Kazicht Cixit
Life. Universe. Everything.
Clockwork Pineapple
#60 - 2015-01-04 19:14:29 UTC
Phenomenal. Congratulations to all the winners and especially to everyone who didn't win. Writing is hard, and even if you don't get paid for it, having the completed work is its own reward.

Thank you, Sam, for running the contest year after year. I look forward to entering again (and again).

And thanks to the judges and sponsors for the $$$weet ca$$$h. You are true patrons of the arts.

Isn't it ironic?