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#1 Cdr Jaden Hawk

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Posted Star Date 21908.29 @ 15:22 (03:22 PM)

Greetings Everyone! I've been tasked by the Creative Director to run the Short Story Contest this year. And I have decided that you, the members, should have a voice in choosing the topic. So, if you would like to nominate a topic for the Short Story Contest email me at arkranger@hotmail.com by next Friday, Sept 6. 

 

I will then compile the nominations and the site can vote and choose what the topic will be. 

 

 



#2 Capt Jason Simmons

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Posted Star Date 21908.29 @ 18:50 (06:50 PM)

Email sent.

#3 Cdr Jaden Hawk

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Posted Star Date 21909.05 @ 14:02 (02:02 PM)

I have received some nominations. There is still time to nominate topics. 



#4 Lt (JG) Nathan Ramius {Coleman}

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Posted Star Date 21909.05 @ 21:58 (09:58 PM)

Email sent!


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#5 Cdr Jaden Hawk

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Posted Star Date 21909.06 @ 04:17 (04:17 AM)

Both received!



#6 Lt. Kahe Oza

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Posted Star Date 21909.08 @ 04:47 (04:47 AM)

Email sent, sorry about it being late I just saw this thread.


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#7 Cdr Jaden Hawk

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Posted Star Date 21909.27 @ 17:20 (05:20 PM)

 

Edited by Cdr Jaden Hawk, Star Date 21909.27 @ 17:24 (05:24 PM).


#8 Cdr Jaden Hawk

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Posted Star Date 21909.27 @ 17:26 (05:26 PM)

All right everyone here is the topic and rules for the 2019 Short Story Contest.
 
 
Short Story Theme: FedSpace crossover with another fictional universe.
 
The author may choose which fictional universe that the FedSpace crossover occurs. The story must involve one of your characters either, PC or NRC, or both.
 
 
Guidelines
 
Your short story must:
• Contain a Title
• E.g.: Bob’s Story
• Have the Author’s name (full name of your primary PC)
• E.g.: Commander John Smith
• Be 1,500-3,000 words in length. That’s a big range, to give you some flexibility.
• Have proper grammar, spelling, formatting, etc.
• Use Federation Space posting formatting for things like COMMs, etc.
• Title = 14 point Helvetica or Arial bold centered.
• Author = 12 point Helvetica or Arial centered.
• Body: 10-point Times or Arial, single-spaced within paragraphs with a blank line between paragraphs, left-justified.
• Told in third-person and past-tense.
• Be submitted to the President by email (president@fed-space.com) in a WORD or RTF document format with the email title of "SSC-2019: Charactername".
• Be received in the President’s inbox on or before 2359 hours US Central Time, Star Date 21911.01
 
Scoring
 
• Max score = 100 points
• Title = 5 points
• Author = 5 points
• Body formatting = 0-5 points
• Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar = 0-10 points
• Trek Canon – Does the story honor the spirit of Star Trek? = 0-10 points
• FS Canon – Does the story honor the spirit of Federation Space, without conflicting with established site history? = 0-10 points
• Flow/Readability – Does the story read enjoyably and smoothly? = 0-50 points
• Length – Is the story between 1,500 and 3,000 words (not including heading info)? = 5 points minus 1 point for every 100 words over/under.
 
Judging
 
Judging will be performed by the President and two other non-competitors.
All entries must be submitted by Stardate 21911.01
 
Awards
 
First Place = 500 points
Second Place = 375 points
Third Place = 250 points
Participation (not 1st-3rd place) = 100 points
 

Edited by Alexis Tregelen, Star Date 21910.24 @ 02:24 (02:24 AM).
Changed judge from Creative Director to President


#9 Lt Sallea T'Prell {Kotho}

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Posted Star Date 21909.27 @ 21:13 (09:13 PM)

Question: regarding the fictional universe, are we allowed to use existing characters of our chosen universe?


Examples: if we used Star Wars, could we use Darth Vader, Luke et al?

If Harry Potter: can we use Harry, Hagrid, Voldemort etc.?

Thanks.
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#10 Cdr Jaden Hawk

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Posted Star Date 21909.27 @ 21:29 (09:29 PM)

Yes, you can.

#11 LCdr Shione Kurasa

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Posted Star Date 21909.27 @ 21:34 (09:34 PM)

Thanks

 

That was something I was wondering about.

 

Assuming this fictional universe isn't all that well known will the lack of familiarity impact the judges decision.?

 

In other words do we need to provide background information to provide context for judging?


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#12 Cdr Jaden Hawk

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Posted Star Date 21909.27 @ 22:04 (10:04 PM)

You can if you like, but no. I would imagine you would give all the necessary and needed information in your story.



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Posted Star Date 21909.27 @ 22:20 (10:20 PM)

Thank you I will keep that in mind.

 

And actually it should make writing the story more interesting


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#14 Adm Paul Braggins

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Posted Star Date 21909.29 @ 17:36 (05:36 PM)

Thanks

 

That was something I was wondering about.

 

Assuming this fictional universe isn't all that well known will the lack of familiarity impact the judges decision.?

 

In other words do we need to provide background information to provide context for judging?

 

I will be judging based on the quality of writing, not knowledge of the franchise in question. Likewise, I will judge a franchise I dislike/have no interest in in the same manner as a franchise I enjoy. 


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#15 Lt (JG) Simon Starr

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Posted Star Date 21910.04 @ 02:19 (02:19 AM)

Just a question by WORD - would that be the .doc or .docx format of word? Or does it not matter?



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Posted Star Date 21910.07 @ 23:25 (11:25 PM)

.doc format would be best if you could thanks.



#17 LCdr Shione Kurasa

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Posted Star Date 21910.15 @ 22:38 (10:38 PM)

Still reading, rereading and editing my story.

 

I assume once I submit that I cannot make any changes and resubmit?


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#18 Cdr Jaden Hawk

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Posted Star Date 21910.16 @ 02:52 (02:52 AM)

If multiple submissions are made, the last one submitted would be judged and the previous one or ones would be thrown out.



#19 Adm Paul Braggins

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Posted Star Date 21910.24 @ 01:33 (01:33 AM)

Announcement:

 

I will no longer be judging this competition!

 

Entries should be sent to the President using the e-mail address provided on his profile. 


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#20 Alexis Tregelen

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Posted Star Date 21910.24 @ 02:25 (02:25 AM)

Announcement:

 

I will no longer be judging this competition!

 

Entries should be sent to the President using the e-mail address provided on his profile. 

 

I have edited the above post with the rules to reflect this.

 

Anyone that has submitted their entry already to the CD, if you could forward it to president@fed-space.com I will add it to the list of entries to be judged.

 

Thanks


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#21 Alexis Tregelen

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Posted Star Date 21910.27 @ 23:50 (11:50 PM)

Just a reminder to all that are wanting to enter the short story contest, you only have until the end of this week to get your entries to me. If you aren't sure if your entry has made it to me, send it again. You could even post here to say that you have submitted it and I will confirm that it has been received.


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#22 Lt Benjamin Elias

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Posted Star Date 21910.28 @ 00:44 (12:44 AM)

Mine was just sent, so it should be there shortly.


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#23 Alexis Tregelen

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Posted Star Date 21910.28 @ 01:15 (01:15 AM)

Got it, thanks.


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#24 Lt Sallea T'Prell {Kotho}

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Posted Star Date 21910.28 @ 21:44 (09:44 PM)

Just sent my story. Sallea TPrell.
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#25 Alexis Tregelen

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Posted Star Date 21910.28 @ 22:35 (10:35 PM)

Just sent my story. Sallea TPrell.

 

Got it


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#26 Lt. Peter Jensen

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Posted Star Date 21910.31 @ 21:06 (09:06 PM)

Just asking...
The end of the week is on Sunday, but I believe the date in the announcement was tomorrow, Friday? Which is right? :)


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#27 Alexis Tregelen

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Posted Star Date 21910.31 @ 22:02 (10:02 PM)

Sorry, that's my fault. I meant the end of the working week, so Friday. Because of my job I tend to think of the 'week' as a Saturday - Friday kinda thing so sorry for the confusion.

 

As of this post, you have around 30 hours until entries close (if my calculations are correct). If you really need to know, if this says any date after November 1st then you are too late https://time.is/CT


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#28 Capt Jason Simmons

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Posted Star Date 21910.31 @ 22:21 (10:21 PM)

Submitted mine.

#29 Alexis Tregelen

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Posted Star Date 21910.31 @ 22:22 (10:22 PM)

Submitted mine.

 

Got it, thanks.


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#30 Alexis Tregelen

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Posted Star Date 21911.01 @ 22:21 (10:21 PM)

Around 6 Hours, 40 Minutes remaining


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#31 Capt Jennifer Braggins

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Posted Star Date 21911.02 @ 02:44 (02:44 AM)

I submitted mine a few hours ago, but have sent a duplicate e-mail again just to be sure as my browser was playing up at the time.


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#32 Alexis Tregelen

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Posted Star Date 21911.02 @ 06:16 (06:16 AM)

I got it.

 

Entries have now closed. I will be sending these off to the judges and will post the results when I have them.


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#33 Alexis Tregelen

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Posted Star Date 21911.18 @ 05:09 (05:09 AM)

It is now the time you have all been waiting for, the results of this years short story contest. So without further ado, here they are.

 

First Place = 500 points

A Simple Favor - Ensign Benjamin Elias

 

Second Place = 375 points

My Federation Space Academia - Captain Jason Simmons

 

Third Place = 250 points

It's a Kind of Magic - Lieutenant Commander Shi-mi M'Rour

 

Participation (in alphabetical order by surname) = 100 points

Jenny and the Battle of Hoth - Jennifer Braggins
Mercy - Lieutenant Commander Shione Kurasa

The Pact - Ensign Simon Starr
Trek to the Future - Lieutenant Sallea T'Prell

 

These points will be reflected on next months points charts. Please speak to your ships command crews in order to get this listed on your bio.

 

If you would like to read the entries, they can be found here https://drive.google...2C0?usp=sharing


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#34 Cdr Jaden Hawk

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Posted Star Date 21911.20 @ 00:34 (12:34 AM)

Congrats everyone. A lot of very entertaining stories! 



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Posted Star Date 21911.20 @ 06:19 (06:19 AM)

Congratulations to all :)


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