Welcome to the First Strike Fan Fiction Contest. We’d like to take this opportunity to give the more artistic of you out there the chance to exercise those creative muscles and dazzle us with creative writing based on the back stories featured in the loading screen intel reports of any of our current maps, or perhaps a fictionalized account of a particularly exciting round you have played of First Strike.
There are countless stories to be told here, from the build up to the Rebel invasion of Imperial facilities on Rhen Var, to tales of the numerous encounters on Tatooine. Tell the personal story of an unknown grunt or show an epic overview of galactic conquest. First Strike's little corner of the Star Wars galaxy is your playground.
So what prize do you stand to win should yours should be the winning entry? The author of the winning short story shall be given the opportunity to write the official intel report for an upcoming map to be released for First Strike. This prize will include advance access to the map in question (after all you will need to know the layout of the map in order to fashion an appropriate back story). Also testing status allowing them to get to play on that map and any others currently in development for First Strike well ahead of the general public. Once written the intel report will be checked over by FS Devs to make sure it is up to the standard we require and then the intel report shall become an official part of First Strike canon, and an official part of the mod.
Now we come to the rules. This is a short story writing competition, your story should be no more than 2000 words, and should take its inspiration from either any of the intel reports from current First Strike maps (you can take a line from the report and expand upon that, or the situation described as a whole), or you can also create fiction based on in game experiences within First Strike. Contestants can submit as many entries as they like but will only be judged on the best one of them, so you won’t get extra points for creating a multi story saga, any story will be judged on its individual merits. Your stories must also fall within parameters that are in tune with the spirit of the Star Wars movies, meaning no porno or excessively gory or profanity filled pieces. Aside from that you should just go for it and let those creative juices flow.
Entries shall be posted by their authors in the Contest Forum in individual threads for each story. Here you can post them for people to see and critique, and you can as the competition continues post additional improved drafts based on people’s feedback if you wish. The final version of the story in the thread at the time of the close of the contest will be the one that is entered into judging for the competition.
Once the closing date of the competition has been reached on the 29th of May, all the entry threads will be locked and a panel of judges made up of Dev team members will read these works giving them marks out of 5, The story with the most points after this period of judging will be declared the winner, and the writer will receive his or her prize that being the opportunity to write an Intel Report as mentioned above.
Head to the Contest Forum for a more detailed copy of the rules, and you can also check out a sample of the sort of thing we're looking for. A short story to help you get your creative juices flowing.
Good luck Troopers, and happy writing. We all look forward to reading your mini epic works of fiction.