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Heresy-Online Fiction Competition 2010
First of all, i want to congratulate everyone on a wonderful competition this year. I've had the honor of reading 25 wonderful fiction entries this year, more by far than any other contest we've had in the Original Works section to date :yahoo:. However, as with all contests and competitions, there has to be a winner. And however much it pains me to have to be the one to pick it, it must be done anyways. I'd love to give you all the same prizes this year, as everyone of these stories is deserving of merit, but alas, i don't have that much pull with prize support.
So without further adieu, (since i've taken my sweet time already, lol) i will start with the presentation of our two runner-ups for this years contest.
"Infection" - Mossy_Toes
This was a rousing tale of a group of Adeptus Sororitas and their attempts to clear the name of a convent degraded to xenos scum. A self-proclaimed "bolter-porn" adventure, it is only the beginning of what is sure to be a continually pleasing series. It is my hope that this story will continue, as i hope to be there to see it through to fruition.
So congratulations Mossy_Toes, as a runner-up to this years comp, you have been awarded a copy of the Imperial Munitorum Manual by Graham McNeill.
"Stark Truths" - Eremite
A relative newcomer to Heresy-Online, and a talented writer, Eremite has shown us the "stark truths" of dealing with a xenos invasion. His story is a wonderful insight into the logistics of dealing with the Tyranids. The "Stark Report" is a collection of testimony collected by The Strategic Collective, and is definitely a must read.
So congratulations Eremite, as a runner-up in this year's comp, you've been awarded a copy of the Imperial Munitorum Manual by Graham McNeill.
and finally, the winner of this year's Heresy-Online Fiction Competition is:
"Sheep Don't Like Stones" - Turkeyspit
Turkeyspit has done something here that i want you all to take note of. It's subtle, and i doubt even the he recognizes it. The story is simple, uncluttered. It lacks the major sensory detail that can be found in the mainstream 40k and Old World works. This has to do with perspective. The main character of this story is naught but a child. And Turkeyspit has captured the imagery of his theme perfectly. It's very rare that you see something so simplistic in nature, carry such weight in narrative. When you are writing the world from the eyes of a child, the observations, dialogue, descriptions are not 'dumbed-down', but narrowed. simplified. Taken at face value.
An adult would clearly see the danger in jumping in front of a Space Marine about to be hacked to pieces by a greenskin and, rightly so, hide from said danger. However, as nailed in this story, a child, who's capacity for assessing odds and realizing danger are limited due to lack of experience, might simply step in front of the Space Marine in a feeble yet defiant gesture of defense of the one who had just moments before, defended him.
These simple yet realistic qualities are what make certain pieces of fiction stand out from others. It is simply to aggrandize your work in size, scope and description in order to make it sound more sophisticated, and the grand scope of 40k and Warhammer Fantasy is lacking in none of these qualities already. In my opinion, what makes for great fiction is a simple, concise narrative. Don't overcrowd your work with vast paragraphs of sensory perception. Don't over-wash the scene with notions of how the grass sways lazily in the wind. Let your narrative be but the catalyst for the reader's imagination. Every reader produces an image in their mind of how the story looks to them. Let your descriptions act simply as building blocks with which the reader can construct that monumental space battle, or that sneaky door to door firefight, or the parry and riposte in a kings sparring halls. Your writing will be all the better for it.
So congratulations Turkeyspit, as winner of the Heresy-Online Fiction Competition 2010, i hereby award you the grand prize:
Imperial Munitorum Manual
The Flight of the Eisenstein
Legends of the Space Marines
The Sabbat Worlds Crusade No. 284
The Horus Heresy Vol.1 Visions of War
The Art of Adrian Smith
Thanks again to everyone for participating in this years Fiction Competition. I hope you'll all be around to contribute next year. I've chosen to remove the "most creative" story prize, since i simply can't choose one, they are all so massively creative. However, stay tuned and be prepared for the "Forum Choice" competition, where we will pit these same stories against each other once more for bragging rights! (who knows, there might be a extra bonus. :wink