Winner of Writing Challenge 2024!

Winner of Writing Challenge 2024!

Writing Challenge

Our judges have spent the last two weeks deliberating through all the entries and finally revealed that the winner of the Writing Challenge 2024 is…

Our prompt for this year’s coveted Writing Challenge was no less spectacular than the years gone before. Provided by our very own Karrod Niac, it sent chills down my spine putting it into the challenge entry, and I’ve loved reading every single contribution to the challenge. It really has been a wonderful few months for stories! It’s been a tremendous demonstration of the incredible skill available in our fleet, as well as the range of brilliance on every ship and station. You are truly amazing.

Our winner for the Writing Challenge 2024 is… Jovenan, from the USS Artemis-A!

Their story “The Diary of Your Dead Lover” is a heart-wrencher, shepherding the reader through twelve diary entries spanning seven harrowing and emotionally charged years of the writer’s life. From a perilous rescue mission containing vivid descriptions and skilled storytelling immersing the reader in the tension and fear, to the sense of urgency and the palpable danger are sewn into introspection. Through a  nightmarish, surreal dream sequence, we’re catapulted forward into a high-stakes mission. This narrative is a masterful blend of action, emotion, and psychological depth, making it an unforgettable journey. It’s an absolute experience! Well done, Jovenan!​

Our runner-up this year is Evan Ross, onboard Starbase 118 Ops! They’ve nabbed the runner-up badge for their story “The Epilogue”, a deeply moving story capturing the essence of nostalgia, identity, and heroism through a series of reflective moments in a collapsing mirror dimension. Revisiting familiar places in a hauntingly quiet aftermath of a perilous mission, bringing to life the forest with vivid description, all as a backdrop for tender dialogues. An emotional journey marked by a profound sense of introspection. An unforgettable read. Brilliant work, Evan!

For this year, we’ve also got a special mention for Haukea-Willow’s poetic entry, “Interstellar”, for their clever use of humour, action and character depth, and Gnai’s entry, “Fractions“, for making us all a little emotional over a jellyfish! Truly storycraft incredibly done!

All the entries for the challenge are fantastic, well-thought-out, and wonderfully written! It’s been a pleasure to read them all, and each one deserves a little recognition. Thank you for contributing your pieces, allowing us inside the worlds of your spotlighted characters, and providing us with a taste of what goes on behind the scenes. So, a big thank you to all of you for sharing your awesome pieces and letting us immerse ourselves in these captivating worlds!

The winner, runner-up and judges, are in receipt of one of the following badges!

Thank you once more for making this year’s challenge so successful and enjoyable! We look forward to seeing even more incredible entries next spring!

Please drop by the forums to offer these writers, and all our entrants, your congratulations!

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