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The contest is over! Congrats to all the winners!

Come one! Come all! Come and participate in the second Star Wars Fanon Short Story Contest! Our first one, hosted by Atarumaster88 and presided over by the Archivists, was a raging success, and we hope we can duplicate that success and even surpass it with this contest! Your host for these here proceedings will be the Great and Powerful Oz...er, never mind the man behind the curtain. He will act as merely a mostly hands-off referee, except in instances as defined in the rules.

Like our last contest, the hope here is to generate further interest in both fan fiction writing and getting some new nominations for featured work status. After all, as Atarumaster88 always likes to say, always write for praise and awards. Write what you want because you think it's what other people want and so you can get shiny talk page templates!

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OK so maybe Ataru never said that, but in this case go nuts with your award seeking! That is what the contest is for, after all, but we do hope it spotlights a focus on fan fiction writing. Good luck to all the nominees, and let the games begin!

The rules

These are the rules. Pirates, ye be warned.

  • Length: Entries must be between 2,500 and 26,000 words. This allows for the possibility of shorter short stories, as well as decent-sized novellas. However, the novellas must not be longer than 26,000 words. Just remember, though, quantity does not necessarily dictate quality, so there is no need to pad your story just to make it longer than it needs to be. There are plenty of great shorter stories and plenty of awful longer stories out there that prove this (I rest my case). Additionally, only complete stories will be accepted, meaning that stories that are not yet finished are not eligible for this contest.
  • Nominations: You can nominate your own story. You can also nominate other users' stories. You cannot, however, vote for your own story once voting begins. If you nominate another user's story and they want it taken down, that is their right to do so. Additionally, the first place winners from the last contest may not be re-nominated in the categories for which they won.
  • Multiple entries: You can nominate as many stories you want for as many categories you want. If you nominate a story in a category that it does not belong in, it will be moved by the contest's host (the man behind the curtain) to the appropriate category.
  • Content: All stories must comply with the content policy. Stories that do not will be removed and an administrator will review the story.
  • Medium: Only textual narratives will be accepted, so no comics, photonovels, videos, video games, etc. Narrative texts can be in article sub-page form (per the Manual of Style), .PDF file form, etc. Stories must be hosted on Star Wars Fanon (no external linking).
  • Voting: Once voting begins, you may only vote once per category. You may not vote for your own story. You can, however, vote for your own nomination, provided that you are not the author of the nominee. All relevant matters of the voting policy apply.

The prizes

Like the last contest, special userboxes and talk page templates will be created so you can show off how super duper awesome you are to all of your friends!!! Additionally, Atarumaster88 and Jedimasterfiolli have agreed to personally tell everyone they know on Wookieepedia just how great your story is, and that it should most certainly become canon. Just kidding...or am I?

Additionally, if an Archivist reads your work and enjoys it, there is always the possibility that they might nominate it for featured work status (if you have not already done so by the time you nominate it for this contest). Yet another great way to have praise heaped upon you!

The schedule

The nomination period will last through 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on June 30th, giving you just over six (6) weeks to write your story (if you have not already written one). At the end of the nomination process, the host (with input from the Archivists) will decide whether a category with less than three (3) nominees will remain or be merged with another category. Categories with only one nominee will be automatically merged with the most applicable category. There will be no winning by default.

Voting will run from 12am Eastern Standard Time on July 1st to 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on July 22nd. At that point, the voting will be closed and the stories with the most votes in each category will be declared the winners. Good luck to all nominees!

The nominations

This section is now closed. New nominations are NOT being accepted.

Best Short Story This category is for the best overall short story. Awards will be given for the first (1st) and second (2nd) place stories in this category, unless only two (2) stories are nominated.

Best Pre-Movie Era Story This category is for any story set before 50 BBY.

Best Movie Era Story This category is for any story from 50 BBY to 5 ABY.

Best Post-Movie Era Story This category is for any story after 5 ABY.

Best Action

Best Drama

Best Mystery

Best Other Story This category is for any story that does not fit into any of the aforementioned genre categories (action, drama, mystery). You may nominate in this category only if the story does not fit into another category.

The voting

A brief reminder of the rules:

  1. No new nominations will be accepted.
  2. You may only vote once per category.
  3. You may not vote for your own story. This means that if you are listed as an author, you cannot vote for that story. You can, however, vote for your own nomination, so long as you are not the author of the nominee.
  4. All relevant matters of the voting policy apply.
  5. Voting will last until 11:59 Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, July 22nd.

Good luck to all the nominees! - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 04:24, July 1, 2010 (UTC)

Best Short Story

Star Wars: The Tragedy by Brandon Rhea

  1. It's great. Plain and simple. --D.W. (talk) 04:49, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  2. Tragedy's character development wins out over the instant classic BiB, in the end.-I'm the Chosen OneSo the Prophecy says... 06:55, July 13, 2010 (UTC)
  3. Good stuff. — JM76 Droid IRC Sabersmilyjm76 00:40, July 16, 2010 (UTC)
  4. Brent Krajewski Pylon (The Forge) (Gateway) 02:25, July 23, 2010 (UTC)

Breakfast in Bedlam by Trak Nar

Star Wars: The Real Empire by Station7

Star Wars: Death and Life by Goodwood

  1. --Jack Phoenix (Contact) 06:53, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  2. --Woka (comms) 19:21, July 9, 2010 (UTC)
  3. Breaking a tie.--Josh BenderTalk 17:19, July 14, 2010 (UTC)
  4. Jedimca0(Do or Do Not, There is No Try) 17:11, July 22, 2010 (UTC)
  5. Ussej cost The Tragedy any vote it might have earned from me, and Death and Life is solid. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 02:16, July 23, 2010 (UTC)

Coruscant's Finest by Darth Wylind

Star Wars: Saber Battalion by Goodwood

Phantoms of the Past by Grand Admiral Harmon

Freedom by Sakaros

Fail-Safe by Nightmare975

Best Pre-Movie Era Short Story

Star Wars: Death and Life by Goodwood

  1. It was a great story. --D.W. (talk) 04:43, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  2. --Jack Phoenix (Contact) 06:53, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  3. JM76 Droid IRC Sabersmilyjm76 00:40, July 16, 2010 (UTC)
  4. Jedimca0(Do or Do Not, There is No Try) 17:14, July 22, 2010 (UTC)

Coruscant's Finest by Darth Wylind

Star Wars: Saber Battalion by Goodwood

Phantoms of the Past by Grand Admiral Harmon

Freedom by Sakaros

  1. Good read and glad to see a relatively unknown user produce something of this quality. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 16:13, July 13, 2010 (UTC)
  2. Very good stuff. --Grand Admiral Harmon 08:07, July 16, 2010 (UTC)
  3. Brent Krajewski Pylon (The Forge) (Gateway) 02:25, July 23, 2010 (UTC)

Fail-Safe by Nightmare975

Knights of the Old Republic: Vanguard of the Republic by Jedi Master 76

  1. Jim is good.-I'm the Chosen OneSo the Prophecy says... 04:30, July 1, 2010 (UTC)

Best Movie Era Short Story

Star Wars: The Tragedy by Brandon Rhea

  1. JM76 Droid IRC Sabersmilyjm76 00:40, July 16, 2010 (UTC)
  2. I enjoyed reading this one more. -BluethunderContact 17:36, July 22, 2010 (UTC)
  3. Breaking a tie.--Josh BenderTalk 19:00, July 22, 2010 (UTC)
  4. Brent Krajewski Pylon (The Forge) (Gateway) 02:27, July 23, 2010 (UTC)

First Impressions by Atarumaster88

  1. --D.W. (talk) 04:44, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  2. Both Stories in this category are good, but I have to say, this one is just slightly better. --Jedimca0(Do or Do Not, There is No Try) 17:20, July 22, 2010 (UTC)
  3. I'm with Jedi. GoodwoodDebating Society12,018 Edits 19:07, July 22, 2010 (UTC)

Best Post-Movie Era Short Story

Breakfast in Bedlam by Trak Nar

  1. Someone besides Ataru and this isn't a schlump.-I'm the Chosen OneSo the Prophecy says... 04:30, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  2. Different and great. Perfect combo. --D.W. (talk) 04:45, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  3. Jedimca0(Do or Do Not, There is No Try) 17:21, July 22, 2010 (UTC)
  4. Brent Krajewski Pylon (The Forge) (Gateway) 02:26, July 23, 2010 (UTC)

Cloak and Datapad by Atarumaster88

  1. JM76 Droid IRC Sabersmilyjm76 00:40, July 16, 2010 (UTC)

Best Action

Star Wars: The Real Empire by Station7

Breakfast in Bedlam by Trak Nar

Sith Civil War: Campaign Clone Extermination by Grand Admiral Harmon

Hard Code by Atarumaster88

Star Wars: Saber Battalion by Goodwood

  1. --Jack Phoenix (Contact) 06:53, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  2. JM76 Droid IRC Sabersmilyjm76 00:40, July 16, 2010 (UTC)

Freedom by Sakaros

Fail-Safe by Nightmare975

Knights of the Old Republic: Vanguard of the Republic by Jedi Master 76

  1. Jim is good at writing.-I'm the Chosen OneSo the Prophecy says... 04:30, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  2. --D.W. (talk) 04:46, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  3. Good pick. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 16:10, July 13, 2010 (UTC)
  4. Brent Krajewski Pylon (The Forge) (Gateway) 03:05, July 23, 2010 (UTC)

Best Drama

Breakfast in Bedlam by Trak Nar

  1. Anybody's game.-I'm the Chosen OneSo the Prophecy says... 04:30, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  2. JM76 Droid IRC Sabersmilyjm76 00:40, July 16, 2010 (UTC)
  3. Jedimca0(Do or Do Not, There is No Try) 17:24, July 22, 2010 (UTC)
  4. GoodwoodDebating Society12,018 Edits 17:56, July 22, 2010 (UTC)

Star Wars: The Tragedy by Brandon Rhea

  1. --D.W. (talk) 04:46, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  2. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 16:09, July 13, 2010 (UTC)

Star Wars: Death and Life by Goodwood

  1. --Jack Phoenix (Contact) 06:53, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  2. This was really tough, but I enjoyed this one a lot.-BluethunderContact 00:46, July 5, 2010 (UTC)
  3. --Woka (comms) 19:21, July 9, 2010 (UTC)

Deception on R'alla by Atarumaster88

Best Mystery

Star Wars: The Real Empire by Station7

  1. I know I'm gonna catch hell for this, but while the other two entries are impressive pieces of work, I firmly believe that neither are a mystery in the same sense as this work. That statement is in no way meant to offend anyone (though I'm sure at least a few will be offended by this vote) - all three candidates in this category are gripping and exceptionally well-written, and while it could be easily argued that Coruscant's Finest and Fail-Safe outclass this story in terms of prose quality, plot intricacy, and a number of other factors, I just don't think that either of them are as mysterious as The Real Empire is. Please note that I've only had time to read portions of these three stories; that is why I am only voting in this one category; otherwise, I would consider voting for FS and CF in some of the other categories (provided I also had time to read the other entries). -MPK, Free Man 20:14, July 22, 2010 (UTC)

Coruscant's Finest by Darth Wylind

  1. Close, is close, is close. This one was a close one.-I'm the Chosen OneSo the Prophecy says... 04:30, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  2. The other entries in this category are not mysteries and this one shows the most potential out of all of them. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 17:57, July 6, 2010 (UTC)
  3. It is original and belongs to a kind of stories I really admire (crime investigations). --Woka (comms) 19:24, July 9, 2010 (UTC)
  4. JM76 Droid IRC Sabersmilyjm76 00:40, July 16, 2010 (UTC)
  5. per the above. --Jedimca0(Do or Do Not, There is No Try) 17:25, July 22, 2010 (UTC)
  6. Brent Krajewski Pylon (The Forge) (Gateway) 02:26, July 23, 2010 (UTC)

Fail-Safe by Nightmare975

  1. This is close, but I enjoyed this story. -BluethunderContact 16:02, July 1, 2010 (UTC)

Best Other Story

Compensation by Unit 8311

Jedi's Digest by Gnost-Dural and Senatorial Aide Van Ishkoh

Through Her Eyes by Atarumaster88

  1. The others were notable, but this one was the best. --D.W. (talk) 04:47, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
    • #Anyone worth their salt will know a good story when they see one. I'm worth my salt. Even if it hurts GD's and my story in the long run, I vote for this one.Senatorial Aide Van Ishkoh 16:32, July 6, 2010 (UTC)
  2. Per SAVIGnost-Dural (Talk) 16:34, July 6, 2010 (UTC)
  3. JM76 Droid IRC Sabersmilyjm76 00:40, July 16, 2010 (UTC)
  4. Jedimca0(Do or Do Not, There is No Try) 17:26, July 22, 2010 (UTC)
  5. Brent Krajewski Pylon (The Forge) (Gateway) 02:28, July 23, 2010 (UTC)

The winners

Congratulations to all of the following winners!

The discussion

Nominations discussion.

Talk away! - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 04:16, May 18, 2010 (UTC)

  • Hm, is there a template to tack onto nominated stories like we have with the Fanon Awards? Trak Nar Ramble on 06:15, May 18, 2010 (UTC)
  • I'm hoping I can write out a short story this time, but school work is probably just going to get in the way. And let's face it, I'm just too damned lazy Tongue. ---Ping(JediCommando) 21:42, May 18, 2010 (UTC)
  • CURSES!!! I thought I'd have more time to finish Rescue on Riesen III. But all I'd be doing anyway is rewriting Against All Odds anyway. (And having the word count cut down would actually make it a bit easier.) So maybe I'll get something worth reading done this time! Ty294{Talk} 02:34, May 19, 2010 (UTC)
  • Are there more people coming here?--Station7 (Talk) 15:56, May 19, 2010 (UTC)
    • People have six weeks to write their story. Patience. =) - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 16:21, May 19, 2010 (UTC)
      • Plenty of time for me to move, get the internet set up, and perhaps crank out another story, perhaps, possibly, probably not as all my time will be taken up by moving. Woo! But hey, at least everything will hopefully be all said and done by the time the voting starts, I hope. Trak Nar Ramble on 03:28, May 20, 2010 (UTC)

Good luck to all participants! I will not participate this year as I am not really interested on writing a short story.--Woka (comms) 19:11, May 22, 2010 (UTC)

It is possible, you just can't vote for any of them.-I'm the Chosen OneSo the Prophecy says... 22:19, May 22, 2010 (UTC)

Gotcha. --Grand Admiral Harmon 22:46, May 22, 2010 (UTC)

  • Just to inform everyone, I will NOT be submitting a story in the contest this year. Sorry to disappoint you all. (LOL yah right!) Ty294{Talk} 02:55, June 18, 2010 (UTC)

I've just begun work on mine... will be finished soon, but it fits into multiple categories! oh, my. what should I do? Unsigned comment by Gnost-Dural (talkcontribs). Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

  • You could nominate them in each genre, but if the fic fits into one genre better than all of them (like if it was more action-oriented even if it had some romance) then you should nominate it in the genre it best fits. - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 19:41, June 21, 2010 (UTC)

Well... it fits into action and comedy, but comedy is defenitely its strong suit... hopefully i will be able to finish it today. and sorry for not signing my last post.Gnost-Dural (Talk) 11:25, June 22, 2010 (UTC)

Although, it's also defenitely post-movie. the dark nest crisis... hm... I'll do both comedy and post-movie. Gnost-Dural (Talk) 11:27, June 22, 2010 (UTC)

Next question. How much wiggle room do I have on the length? I am within 400 words of the minimum length, almost within 300 words, and I have decided that it must come to an end. I am very happy with this ending, and I would like to enter it. PS it's kinda a rush... could i get a prompt answer? not to be pushy or anything, but the due date is in just a few days and I would like to have time if I need to elngthen it. Thanks.Gnost-Dural (Talk) 14:23, June 22, 2010 (UTC)

  • You do need to meet the minimum length, sorry. That said, I'd strongly advise not lengthening it just for the sake of entering it into this contest unless there are things that can legitimately be lengthened. Length for the sake of length can sometimes hinder a story, not help it. Up to you of course. - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 16:24, June 22, 2010 (UTC)

I am complaining about my comedy competition-to-be. i stopped reading at the part where the scientist studying water molecules got bored... I don't know if it got worse. so if an administrator wouldn't mind looking into compensation, that would be great. thanks.Gnost-Dural (Talk) 15:22, June 22, 2010 (UTC)

I thought admins were the ones who had to tag it. oh, and I also forgot, how do I put my story up?Gnost-Dural (Talk) 16:28, June 22, 2010 (UTC)

  • Oh, I didn't even realize it wasn't tagged. Thanks for pointing that out. Just for future reference, though, anyone can add the nomination template if someone forgot it. =) As for your other question, basically you make an article about the story (like an encyclopedic-type article) and then you can make a subpage for the actual narrative. Like if your story was called "Jar Jar's Big Adventure," the article would be "Jar Jar's Big Adventure" and the subpage for the story would be "Jar Jar's Big Adventure/story" and so forth. - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 16:46, June 22, 2010 (UTC)

How do I create a subpage? wouldn't it just be easier to copy/paste it directly into the article?Gnost-Dural (Talk) 17:05, June 22, 2010 (UTC)

  • It actually has to be in a subpage, per the Manual of Style. You can create a sub-page the same way as any other article. To make it easier, though, check out the changes I just made to your article. You'll see a red link for the subpage. You can click that and then add the content into that blank page. - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 17:16, June 22, 2010 (UTC)

Thanks. You have helped Senatorial Aide Van Ishkoh and I so much. We had a deal that he gets partial credit and I write it... but he came up with the story.Gnost-Dural (Talk) 17:21, June 22, 2010 (UTC)

Nomination ends at 00:00 on July 1st, right?--Josh BenderTalk 18:08, June 28, 2010 (UTC)

Please do not post any additional comments in this nomination section. Please use the "Voting discussion" below. Thanks! - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 04:24, July 1, 2010 (UTC)

Voting discussion

Feel free to discuss the voting below this comment. - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 04:24, July 1, 2010 (UTC)

  • Why was the comedy section merged? Would it have not made more sense to put the one for romance in with drama? Unit 83111110 Big smallTalk! 14:27, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
    • That was a possibility, but I decided to move them into "Other" for the sake of a larger category. - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 16:21, July 1, 2010 (UTC)

Gnost-Dural and I were wondering if, since I technically didn't write it, if I could vote for Jedi's Digest. GD wrote it, I just came up with the concept.Senatorial Aide Van Ishkoh 18:00, July 1, 2010 (UTC)

  • You're listed as an author so, unfortunately, you won't be able to vote for it. Sorry. - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 18:09, July 1, 2010 (UTC)
  • Is it too late to nominate our stories? Mr. Weird (Talk) 00:42, July 5, 2010 (UTC)
    • Yes it is. The last day of the nominating period was June 30th. Sorry. - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 00:48, July 5, 2010 (UTC)

Phew! For a moment, I thought I would lose the chance to vote. I wish good luck to all participants and may the best story win!:) --Woka (comms) 19:30, July 9, 2010 (UTC)

  • NOTE: I'm not really comfortable with the really small amount of votes we've gotten here in the last two weeks, so, as host of the contest, I'm going to extend the voting for another week, until 11:59pm EST on Thursday, July 22nd. Please vote! - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 20:38, July 15, 2010 (UTC)
    • There is a sizable number of active users refraining from voting deliberately, so you may experience less success than you anticipated. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 21:15, July 15, 2010 (UTC)
      • I'd join in on the voting if I had the net. Still waiting on Verizon. It's a long story, one that I really don't feel like getting into until I have a more stable connection. Trak Nar Ramble on 23:30, July 15, 2010 (UTC)
        • "Verizon"—I believe I've identified the problem. Wink - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 23:39, July 15, 2010 (UTC)
          • Heh, yeah it's partly their fault. We would've had the net sooner if it weren't for other mitigating factors concerning service providers and a member of the household who doesn't contribute to living expenses, yet feels the need to have control and the final say over every decision. Trak Nar Ramble on 23:49, July 15, 2010 (UTC)
            • I read every story throughly before I started voting myself, didn't want to make any hasty judgements. I had personally hoped someone would have voted for me, but I'm the first to admit that I have a long ways to go towards perfection. --Grand Admiral Harmon 08:16, July 16, 2010 (UTC)

All you guys voting for Knights of the Old Republic: Vanguard of the Republic might also want to consider voting for it as a featured work if you feel it is worthy of the award. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 20:37, July 22, 2010 (UTC)

  • I don't know what is going on here, but one of Krajewki's votes in "Best Pre-movie" needs to be crossed out. No corruption on my watch.Angry-I'm the Chosen OneSo the Prophecy says... 02:56, July 23, 2010 (UTC)

Hey just so you guys know, I have to head out now so I won't be able to officially close off the voting until tomorrow morning. That said, new votes can't be accepted after 11:59 EST, so if anyone else votes after that (and sees it before I do in the morning) can someone revert them? I'll make that official note tomorrow morning and then hand out awards tomorrow evening (tomorrow's the first day of my vacation, hence the aforementioned stuff). Thanks, and thanks to everyone who participated! - Brandon Rhea Alliance Starbird (talk) 03:07, July 23, 2010 (UTC)

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