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From the archive: Writing Challenge 2013

Our community Writing Challenge ran from 2003 to 2014 and provided players with writing prompts six times a year. Prompts could be anything from “a character’s sacrifice” to “where do you see the universe in 10 years.” Over the course of 11 years, an anthology of creative writing was produced.

While the challenge ended in 2014 after a long and successful run, there’s lots to read and remember from this archive. In this column, we’ll be looking back at some of the highlights. This month’s edition includes two entries from June 2013. The challenge was simple: “From The Past”. Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced!

The Light Of Darkness” by Hannibal Parker
Star Trek is a filled with tales of exploration, of life aboard a starship on the frontiers of space. It was not until Deep Space Nine that we saw a change, into a more grittier and at times darker story especially with the introduction of the Dominion War. This is a story firmly entrenched in that era, the tale of a combined marine and Klingon ground force assaulting a Ketracel white facility. The writer has done a great job in their telling of a story/theme that we have rarely seen on screen, bringing the action of the assault along with the raw emotions to life.

Questions and answers from the past ” by Alexander Richard
This story is the epitome of what we’ve come to expect from Star Trek. The USS Hawking is heading to Deep Space Nine for some much needed R&R, when the ship’s sensors begin picking up a spike in neutrinos. In true Starfleet tradition, the Captain delays shore leave for the opportunity to investigate a new wormhole. Despite being able to provide answers to an event that happened over thirty years ago, you are still left with the mystery of the wormhole. This is an excellent story, focusing more on the journey than the actual events and includes an excellent reflection by Hawking’s Captain, a thought that no doubt crosses the mind of every Starfleet officer during their career.

Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2013 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here.


From the archive: Writing Challenge 2012

Our community Writing Challenge ran from 2003 to 2014 and provided players with writing prompts six times a year. Prompts could be anything from “a character’s sacrifice” to “where do you see the universe in 10 years.” Over the course of 11 years, an anthology of creative writing was produced.

While the challenge ended in 2014 after a long and successful run, there’s lots to read and remember from this archive. In this column, we’ll be looking back at some of the highlights. This month’s edition includes two entries from August 2012. The challenge was simple: “A Moment In The Life Of…” Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced!

The Life in a Moment” by Velana
At first glance, The Life in a Moment is one of the shorter entries in the writing challenge; however don’t let that deceive you. This is a short story, so well written that it really does tug at the heartstrings with its intensity, leaving you almost breathless. You may want to keep a tissue handy – it really is that good. As if that wasn’t enough, the writer also does an excellent job of tying the ending straight back to the beginning.

A Moment in the life of a miracle worker” by Jorus Cogud
This entry is probably one of the most unique stories entered into the writing challenge. Correction – this poem. That’s right, this writer chose to break from the norm, creating a poem rather than the usual short story. And what a job they did! As you read over the lines, you can really envisage the scene, the chaos surrounding the character, almost as if it had been pulled directly from a scene in Star Trek.

Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2012 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here.


From the archive: Writing Challenge 2011

Our community Writing Challenge ran from 2003 to 2014 and provided players with writing prompts six times a year. Prompts could be anything from “a character’s sacrifice” to “where do you see the universe in 10 years.” Over the course of 11 years, an anthology of creative writing was produced.

While the challenge ended in 2014 after a long and successful run, there’s lots to read and remember from this archive. In this column, we’ll be looking back at some of the highlights. This month’s edition includes two entries from Sep/Oct 2011. The challenge was simple: “Where No Man Has Gone Before” Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced!

Tomorrow, Today, Yesterday” by Jaxon Mc Ghee
A tale guaranteed to soften even the hardest heart. This story is told in a series of episodes, switching between the past and the present that with a few extremely well written characters draws the audience in, bringing them on the journey to the final emotional climax.

Origins” by Alucard Vess
What is worse than waking up with no memory? Waking up as a child, with no memory in a strange, unfamiliar environment. The story does an excellent job of portraying the reactions and emotions of somebody finding themselves in that situation, alone and afraid, their world turned upside down. Without giving too much of the story away, it does feature an appearance from a current member of StarBase 118. See if you can guess who.

Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2011 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here.


From the archive: Writing Challenge 2010

Our community Writing Challenge ran from 2003 to 2014 and provided players with writing prompts six times a year. Prompts could be anything from “a character’s sacrifice” to “where do you see the universe in 10 years.” Over the course of 11 years, an anthology of creative writing was produced.

While the challenge ended in 2014 after a long and successful run, there’s lots to read and remember from this archive. In this column, we’ll be looking back at some of the highlights. This month’s edition includes two entries from Jul/Aug 2010. The challenge was simple: “Universal Rights” Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced!

Righting the Past” by Tal Tel-ar
This story is broken down into two parts, the first establishing the setting before thrusting the reader into the heart of the action. The second part is less action orientated, instead an excellently written game of cat and mouse between the characters. It can be difficult to strike a balance between character building, action and pushing the story forward, but here the writer has managed to strike a balance, creating a tale with lasting appeal.

The Man Called AN” by Kevin Breeman
An incredibly well written piece that leaves the reader wanting to know more. The Man Called AN is a magical and touching tale of a boy learning math. Although light on Star Trek references, the writer still manages to make you feel a part of the universe, albeit in a more magical and fantastical setting. By the end you are left with a sense of wonder and intrigue. Where were they? Who was Kevin and most importantly, who was AN?

Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2010 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here.


From the archive: Writing Challenge 2009

Our community Writing Challenge ran from 2003 to 2014 and provided players with writing prompts six times a year. Prompts could be anything from “a character’s sacrifice” to “where do you see the universe in 10 years.” Over the course of 11 years, an anthology of creative writing was produced.

While the challenge ended in 2014 after a long and successful run, there’s lots to read and remember from this archive. In this column, we’ll be looking back at some of the highlights. This month’s edition includes two entries from Jan/Feb 2009. The challenge was simple: “Inheritance” Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced!

Only One Constant” by Nemitor
A glimpse into everyday life in the Federation that shows its citizens in a more rounded, less idealistic way. It starts off murky, giving little detail into when the story takes place, is it prior to the Federations founding? As the story continues, more is revealed and towards the end provides an excellent commentary about the cost of life in the Federation, the sacrifices those on the frontier make for society to enjoy its standard of living.

A Viking’s Call” by Toni Turner
A tale that thrusts you into the heart of the action. A pitched battle against sword wielding Jem’Hadar using bows and swords. The story gives little background on what is going on, are they on the holodeck, is it a dream or an actual battle, which rather than detract from the story actually helps instil a sense of mystery and helps draw the reader in, leaving them wanting to know more.

Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2009 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here.


From the archive: Writing Challenge 2008

Our community Writing Challenge ran from 2003 to 2014 and provided players with writing prompts six times a year. Prompts could be anything from “a character’s sacrifice” to “where do you see the universe in 10 years.” Over the course of 11 years, an anthology of creative writing was produced.

While the challenge ended in 2014 after a long and successful run, there’s lots to read and remember from this archive. In this column, we’ll be looking back at some of the highlights. This month’s edition includes two entries from May/June 2008. The challenge was simple: “Hospitality” Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced!

Hospitality Reaches Across Many Borders” by Idril Mar
His ship destroyed, Scott Grissam finds himself floating, alone in an escape pod, awaiting his fate. But it seemed fate had different ideas for Scott as a Klingon Bird of Prey comes to his rescue, but is all as it seems? A very well crafted and engaging story that includes some excellent descriptions.

Welcome to Hospitality” by Jophry Calhan
A dark tale about Jesper,a down trodden holoengineer, an ugly, excluded figure who is shifted from assignment to assignment. A well written story and the author manages to make Jesper feel like an individual and creates empathy for his struggle. How far can one man be pushed before he starts to push back?

Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2008 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here.


From the archive: Writing Challenge 2007

Our community Writing Challenge ran from 2003 to 2014 and provided players with writing prompts six times a year. Prompts could be anything from “a character’s sacrifice” to “where do you see the universe in 10 years.” Over the course of 11 years, an anthology of creative writing was produced.

While the challenge ended in 2014 after a long and successful run, there’s lots to read and remember from this archive. In this column, we’ll be looking back at some of the highlights. This month’s edition includes two entries from November/December 2007. The challenge was simple: “What if the Dominion had won?” Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced!

Desperate Times” by Rode Mitchell
The gripping, desperate tale of the USS Ranger and it’s captain, Jack Mitchell, as they are ordered on an apparent suicide mission to destroy a Ketracel White production facility. The story also gives a glimpse into how other powers fared against the Dominion.

Homecoming” by Andrus Jaxx
A well crafted, if short read. The Federation has been all but destroyed, Earth occupied. A ragtag fleet of Starfleet ships receives word that the Dominion are pulling out of Earth, and decide now is the time to return home.

Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2007 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here.


From the archive: Writing Challenge 2006

Our community Writing Challenge ran from 2003 to 2014 and provided players with writing prompts six times a year. Prompts could be anything from “a character’s sacrifice” to “where do you see the universe in 10 years.” Over the course of 11 years, an anthology of creative writing was produced.

While the challenge ended in 2014 after a long and successful run, there’s lots to read and remember from this archive. In this column, we’ll be looking back at some of the highlights. This month’s edition includes two entries from March/April 2006. The challenge was simple: A Poison Apple. Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced!

The Last Entry” by Ventu
Written in an unusual format, this story contains an excellent read in the form of a captain’s log. Focusing around the captain of the Starship Ebudae as they arrive at deserted system and are ordered to retrieve a device from the planet’s surface.

The Fruit Born of a Poisoned Tree” by David Cody
Starfleet officers have a duty, to Starfleet and the Federation. This intriguing tale tells the story of a woman, a prisoner and the Starfleet officer who rescues her. Full of passionate, emotive writing, this story really captures the character’s essence and thoughts as you follow their journey. But, is all as it seems?

Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2006 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here.


From the archive: Writing Challenge 2005

Our community Writing Challenge ran from 2003 to 2014 and provided players with writing prompts six times a year. Prompts could be anything from “a character’s sacrifice” to “where do you see the universe in 10 years.” Over the course of 11 years, an anthology of creative writing was produced.

While the challenge ended in 2014 after a long and successful run, there’s lots to read and remember from this archive. In this column, we’ll be looking back at some of the highlights. This month’s edition includes two entries from August/September 2005. The challenge was simple: The Devil in the Dark. Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced!

X Factors” by Ventu
A very enjoyable read, right through to the end. It is a comedic piece, that fits in very well with the Trek universe. Q’s have always made interesting characters and this time is no exception.

Lost in a Dreamland” by Maximoff
Told in the popular trope of a dream sequence, this story explores what happens when you place familiar faces and environments in an unexpected place. It is an excellent read and at parts makes you wonder whether the character is descending into madness.

Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2005 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here.


From the Archive: A look back at the 2004 Writing Challenge

Our community Writing Challenge ran from 2003 to 2014 and provided players with writing prompts six times a year. Prompts could be anything from “a character’s sacrifice” to “where do you see the universe in 10 years.” Over the course of 11 years, an anthology of creative writing was produced.

While the challenge ended in 2014 after a long and successful run, there’s lots to read and remember from this archive. In this column, we’ll be looking back at some of the highlights. This month’s edition includes two entries from July/August 2004. The challenge was simple: Write about academy memories. Let’s take a look at some of the stories that were produced!

Windows To The Past” by Tyr Waltas
Academy life is something that is often overlooked. This story provides a unique insight into pivotal moments during a cadet’s time at the Academy: leaving home, hijinx with friends, the one class you never seem good at and finally the much dreaded psych exam. Each stage is excellent characterised, leaving you wanting to know more about the cadet’s life after the academy.

Memories of Change” by Solan
From the start we are thrown into an action packed ride, the story of the first Changeling to join Starfleet. This story does a wonderful job of letting us see inside the character’s head, as they deal with situations ranging from an engagement with the Caradssians to an encounter with the all too familiar playground bully.

Hungry for more? Check out more entries from the 2004 contest in the Hall of Fame by clicking here.


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