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Pod and Planet fiction contest - 54 bil isk in prizes

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Telegram Sam
Crom's Angels
#1 - 2016-09-27 02:03:25 UTC  |  Edited by: Telegram Sam
Hi all,
Pod & Planet EVE fiction contest is open and will run for a month. It's in its fifth year, and people have submitted some truly amazing stuff over the years. And a lot of them submitted with the preface, "This is my first time trying something like this, I've never written any fiction before."

The prizes pool this year is at about 54 bil isk or so, but that's just filthy lucre. Prizes, no prizes, the fun of the event is everybody writing, having their stories read by many people, seeing how they fared with the judges, and hopefully being inspired to write more. Here's the contest site, with information.

Any questions or comments, please mail or say on the website's Discussion page. o7
MysteriousAlt
Crom's Angels
#2 - 2016-09-27 02:04:33 UTC  |  Edited by: MysteriousAlt
Edit for Prize Update:

Prize pool currently totals a drop over 54 bil ISK. Prizes will be a mixture of ships, nice item loot,
and raw ISK. The detailed mix for each category will be shake out as we go along.
(Note - the sanguinary theme emerged on its own as our various sponsors donated items.)
Amounts are rounded down so you may receive bonus blood infusion at the end. Check back often,
all the way until judging is complete and winners are announced. Kind and cheerful people tend to
donate additional loot as the contest progresses.

Grand Prize
Plex, 3 Bhaalgorn, Skill Injector & Liquid ISK = 7.5 bil
This prize usually goes to the best story in the 8,000 Suns canon-faithful category, but if a story from
either of the other categories gets a score that really outstrips the best in 8,000 Suns, it could steal it.

8,000 Suns in New Eden
1st Prize - 2 Bhaalgorn, Skill Injector, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 5.9 bil
2nd Prize (there will be two of these) - Ashimmu, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 3.7 bil
3rd Prize (there will be three of these) - Ashimmu, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 2.1 bil

A Day in the Life
1st Prize - 2 Bhaalgorn, Skill Injector, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 4.3 bil
2nd Prize (there will be two of these) - Ashimmu, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 2.7 bil
3rd Prize (there will be three of these ) - Ashimmu, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 1.6 bil

​Other Things Just Make You Swear and Curse
1st Prize - 2 Bhaalgorn, Skill Injector, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 2.7 bil
2nd Prize - Ashimmu, Skill Injector, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 2.1 bil
3rd Prize - Ashimmu, Skill Injector, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 1.6 bil

​Honorable Mention
(there will be eight of these) - Cruor & Liquid ISK = 540 mil
Across category prize chosen from top-scoring entries

Best Entry by a New Writer
'Nightstalker' Goggles, Cruor, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 1.08 bil
Across category prize awarded to the top scoring entry by an author who has never won a prize in a Pod and Planet contest

Thank you for the prizes and o7, generous sponsors and donors!
DireNecessity
Mayhem-Industries
#3 - 2016-09-28 02:44:47 UTC
Goodie! It's officially underway.

For inspiration you might check out Telegram Sam's interview on Crossing Zebras (http://crossingzebras.com/pod-and-planet/)
Erutor
WiNGSPAN Delivery Services
WiNGSPAN Delivery Network
#4 - 2016-09-30 21:29:58 UTC
"This is my first time trying something like this, I've never written any fiction before." - true story, bro!

https://learningtoeve.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/an-unexpected-op/

Newbro short story for the A Day in the Life category. Get those fingers to work, ladies and gentlemen! Or don't, and I can win by default.
Telegram Sam
Crom's Angels
#5 - 2016-09-30 23:56:28 UTC
Erutor wrote:
"This is my first time trying something like this, I've never written any fiction before." - true story, bro!

https://learningtoeve.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/an-unexpected-op/

Newbro short story for the A Day in the Life category. Get those fingers to work, ladies and gentlemen! Or don't, and I can win by default.

There we go! Confirming that the story has been entered into the event, and launched into 0.0 space to do brave battle against all comers!
Telegram Sam
Crom's Angels
#6 - 2016-10-08 12:28:52 UTC
"It's not about being an artist... it's the intention!"
-Jah Wobble
MysteriousAlt
Crom's Angels
#7 - 2016-10-09 22:08:13 UTC  |  Edited by: MysteriousAlt
Prize Update:

Prize pool currently totals a drop over 54 bil ISK. Prizes will be a mixture of ships, nice item loot,
and raw ISK. The detailed mix for each category will be shake out as we go along.
(Note - the sanguinary theme emerged on its own as our various sponsors donated items.)
Amounts are rounded down so you may receive bonus blood infusion at the end. Check back often,
all the way until judging is complete and winners are announced. Kind and cheerful people tend to
donate additional loot as the contest progresses.

Grand Prize
Plex, 3 Bhaalgorn, Skill Injector & Liquid ISK = 7.5 bil
This prize usually goes to the best story in the 8,000 Suns canon-faithful category, but if a story from
either of the other categories gets a score that really outstrips the best in 8,000 Suns, it could steal it.

8,000 Suns in New Eden
1st Prize - 2 Bhaalgorn, Skill Injector, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 5.9 bil
2nd Prize (there will be two of these) - Ashimmu, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 3.7 bil
3rd Prize (there will be three of these) - Ashimmu, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 2.1 bil

A Day in the Life
1st Prize - 2 Bhaalgorn, Skill Injector, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 4.3 bil
2nd Prize (there will be two of these) - Ashimmu, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 2.7 bil
3rd Prize (there will be three of these ) - Ashimmu, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 1.6 bil

​Other Things Just Make You Swear and Curse
1st Prize - 2 Bhaalgorn, Skill Injector, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 2.7 bil
2nd Prize - Ashimmu, Skill Injector, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 2.1 bil
3rd Prize - Ashimmu, Skill Injector, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 1.6 bil

​Honorable Mention
(there will be eight of these) - Cruor & Liquid ISK = 540 mil
Across category prize chosen from top-scoring entries

Best Entry by a New Writer
'Nightstalker' Goggles, Cruor, Dark Blood Medium Energy Nosferatu & Liquid ISK = 1.08 bil
Across category prize awarded to the top scoring entry by an author who has never won a prize in a Pod and Planet contest

Thank you for the prizes and o7, generous sponsors and donors!
MysteriousAlt
Crom's Angels
#8 - 2016-10-17 13:29:02 UTC
Contest closes in 10 days: "Write you fools, write!"
MysteriousAlt
Crom's Angels
#9 - 2016-10-22 14:14:33 UTC
Last call for Pod & Planet fiction entries - 54 bil isk in prizes

Closes 23:59 Oct. 26

Fame and envy to be earned
Katsumoto Moliko
Native Freshfood
Minmatar Republic
#10 - 2016-10-24 02:12:14 UTC
Submitting my first entry ever into any writing contest, and by far the longest piece of creative writing I have ever written.

Submitting for the "A Day in the Life" category.

URL: http://evewritingkatsumotomoliko.blogspot.com/

Fun Fact: I wrote this today in six hours.

I am kind of nervous about creative writing, but I am confident that my work will do reasonably well.
MysteriousAlt
Crom's Angels
#11 - 2016-10-24 12:50:59 UTC
Katsumoto,

If you haven't already, be sure to notify Telegram Sam:

How to Submit Your Work
​1) Post your story somewhere on the internet where it can be accessed by the judges and readers. Examples: The EVE Fiction forum, pastebin, Medium, or any free blog host such as Wordpress or Blogger. The URL will be shared with the public, so don’t post in a password-protected place.

2) Send Telegram Sam an EVEmail with:
-The author's name
-The story's title
-Which category the story should be entered in
-The story's word count
-Your confirmation that it's your story and hasn't been posted/published before
-The URL link to where the story is posted.

-Optional: Let everybody know about your story over in the contest's EVE forum Out of Game Events and Gatherings thread and/or on this site's Discussion page.
-Optional: Give your fellow writers some feedback. They appreciate feedback as much as you do. :D

As stories come in, we'll be posting the links to them on the Contest Entries page. Check back often to see what the writers of EVEdom are producing.
Nomistrav
Itsukame-Zainou Hyperspatial Inquiries Ltd.
Arataka Research Consortium
#12 - 2016-10-25 05:26:07 UTC
Finally finished with this work after MONTHS of planning, research, and constant editing Big smile

Proud to present, The Ghost of Queen's Light:
http://elysianechoes.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-ghost-of-queens-light_24.html

"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

Telegram Sam
Crom's Angels
#13 - 2016-10-27 16:38:39 UTC
Entry period is done! We have 46 new works of Eve fiction, congratulations writers! Check the stories out here. Judges now getting to work, results should be announced in the next few weeks.
Nomistrav
Itsukame-Zainou Hyperspatial Inquiries Ltd.
Arataka Research Consortium
#14 - 2016-10-29 02:56:36 UTC  |  Edited by: Nomistrav
Writers can ship my an eve-mail for reviews :D I have most of the ones of the 8,000 suns category done. In the meantime, he's some general writing advice for next year!


•The most important rule to remember when writing, especially when pertaining to a particular character, is this question: Is this the most interesting thing to happen to your character, and if not, why aren’t we reading about that?

•Exposition is a powerful tool, but be wary of how it is used. A general saying goes along with exposition: “Don’t TELL us what happened, SHOW us what happened”. Be especially cautious not to let your exposition be more interesting than the story you’re telling!

•Be careful of simple sentence starts! An experienced writer will often work to give each sentence a particular flare, catching the eye of the reader. Read these two sentences, and ask yourself which sounds better:
- “He walked over to the computer console and typed on the keys. He spelled out the words with deft precision.”
- “Walking over to the computer console, he began to type on the keys. With deft precision, he spelled out the words.”

•Remember that dialogue is an important and powerful tool that can be used to your advantage. The way your character behaves while he speaks is a great indicator of who he is as a person. Consider many of the works by Quintin Tarantino, in which many of his movies have extensive dialogue scenes. His characters are often performing other actions, such as making coffee, or cleaning up blood. Try these examples:
- “ISK is the sole source of power,” he said, in smooth baritone, with a sharp, wolfish grin as he crossed his arms over his chest.
- “Well, I can't really afford a new one,” she said, placing the chemical soaked rag against the dilapidated, blood-spattered cushion of the sofa.

•Don’t be afraid to start with the middle or the end of your story! The introduction to the story is the hardest part, and a lot of writers forego writing it until they've established what they want to happen. Feel free to flesh out your story from its most interesting aspects, and then fill in the blanks later on.

"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

Telegram Sam
Crom's Angels
#15 - 2016-10-29 18:18:29 UTC
That's really nice that you're sharing reviews, Nomistrav. And the writing advice as well. I especially like the suggestion about feeling free to start in the middle and deal with the beginning later.
Nomistrav
Itsukame-Zainou Hyperspatial Inquiries Ltd.
Arataka Research Consortium
#16 - 2016-10-29 23:33:48 UTC
Telegram Sam wrote:
That's really nice that you're sharing reviews, Nomistrav. And the writing advice as well. I especially like the suggestion about feeling free to start in the middle and deal with the beginning later.


Haven't read them all, but so far my current favorites are 'Skyfall' and 'Distressed' Big smile

"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

MysteriousAlt
Crom's Angels
#17 - 2016-11-27 17:28:56 UTC
Judging Update, Nov. 24 - Well, we didn't meet our hoped-for date of Nov. 23. Three judges are done, three others need some more time. I'll see if I can get estimates from them. Thank you for favoring us with your patience.
MysteriousAlt
Crom's Angels
#18 - 2016-12-02 13:06:31 UTC
Judges are in motion, we just got a sudden carpet bombing of scores for all categories! Hang tight a little longer writers, more incoming is expected in the next 3-4 days.
MysteriousAlt
Crom's Angels
#19 - 2016-12-08 02:20:07 UTC  |  Edited by: MysteriousAlt
We Have Results!

Pod and Planet Fiction Contest YC118

Grand Prize
Breeze One, "Escape"


Eight Thousand Suns in New Eden
First Prize - Erutor, "Distressed"

Second Prize - Korsavius, "Crepuscular"
Second Prize - Desperately Flailing, "We're All Gods"

Third Prize - Eustise/Cosmo, "Awakened Again"
Third Prize - Voodoo Williams, "Frost"
Third Prize - Korsavius, "Skyfall"


A Day in the Life
First Prize - Xepharious Wryn, "Phantom Pains"

Second Prize - Alan Mathison/Doc Kinne, "Dark Phoenix Rising"
Second Prize - Katsumoto Moliko, "The Doorway"

Third Prize - Erutor, "An Unexpected Op"
Third Prize - DireNecessity, "DireNecessity Seeks Help"
Third Prize - Arrowspeed Bounty, "Mission of Mercy"


Other Things Just Make You Swear and Curse
First Prize - Korsavius, "A Eulogy to my Orthruses (Orthri?)"
Second Prize - Pod and Planet, "Legacy and Watchwords"
Third Prize - Undomiel, "Freedom ain't Free (there's always a bar tab)"


Honorable Mention
Enenra Cobon-Han, "A Knife Too Sharp"
Undomiel, "Figments of the Imagination"
Takamori Saig0, "Of Gallentian Birth"
Miyoshi Akachi, "Old love, burning again"
Jack Carrigan, "Poor Life Decisions"
Rick Brickman, "The Chronicles of Rick Brickman, Award-winning Freelance Journalist"
Da'iel Zehn, "Touch the Stars"
Nomistrav, "The Ghost of Queen's Light"


Best Entry by a New Writer
Miyoshi Akachi, "In the heat, the end of a dream"

Congratulations winning story writers! Your stories faced some excellent hard fights and prevailed!
And congratulations also to all writers who dreamed up a tale and handcrafted it to completion! That's a win right there. If you haven't written before, welcome to the brotherhood and sisterhood of brave and slightly crazed fiction writers. Well done all-- as always! o7



MysteriousAlt, Pod & Planet's treasurer, will begin distributing prizes via contract out of Jita over the next 48 hours
Da'iel Zehn
Evil Frosty's Premium Liqours and Fine Wines
#20 - 2016-12-08 02:22:05 UTC
A massive thank you to Sam and MysteriousAlt for coordinating and everything on the contest. Big love and hugs!

Thank you to all the judges for all your work, time, and decisions.

Congratulations to all the winners and hats off to all the writers who submitted your work this year. I enjoyed reading all of them.

Honor to you all and it is a privilege to fly in the same space with these creative artists.

Fly Safe,
07

DZ
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