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Pathfinder Fan Fiction Contest Winners!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

It’s that time again! After many sleepless nights combing through huge snowdrifts of printouts, the good folks over at Pathfinder Chronicler were able to whittle down this year’s entries into the Second Annual Pathfinder Fanfiction Contest to the final five—or rather, due to a tie, the final six:

“Gozreh Provides” by Laura Bowlby
“Bend as the Willow” by Dawn Fischer
“Politics of Hell” by B. R. Bearden
“The Grey Tern” by Andrew Crossett
“Completing the Circle” by Todd Stewart
“Luck's Allegiance” by Alex Lindsay

As has now become tradition, the judges were kind enough to invite me to step in as a guest judge for the last round and cast the deciding vote. All of the candidates did an excellent job—the caliber was truly top-notch, and all six do the fanfic genre proud—but ultimately, only three people could take home the fabulous prizes of $100 in store credit for first place, and $50 each for second and third. And this year’s winners are:

First Place: Andrew Crossett for “The Grey Tern”

Second Place: Todd Stewart for “Completing the Circle”

Third Place: Dawn Fischer for “Bend as the Willow”

Honorable Mention: Though there’s no actual honorable mention prize, I wanted to call out “Luck’s Allegiance” by Alex Lindsay. While the other stories ultimately won on the strength of their writing, Alex really blew me away with his snappy dialogue and sense of adventure.

For a complete list of the Top 20, as well as many more awesome Pathfinder stories, head over to Pathfinder Chronicler. And while we’re on the subject, I want to note that each of the finalists will be appearing in the second Pathfinder Chronicler print anthology. Ted Thompson and the rest of the Chronicler folks really knocked us out last year with their lovingly crafted and high-quality anthology, which included a gorgeous cover by Pathfinder artist Eva Widermann. Well, this year they’ve decided to keep the tradition going with an equally stellar cover from Pathfinder artist Carolina Eade, previewed here for the first time! Both covers are beautiful, and I think I speak for all of us here at Paizo when I say that these are the sorts of things that make us so unbelievably proud of the Pathfinder community. (What’s more, I hear rumors that Ms. Eade will also be providing interior illustrations this year...)

Congratulations to everyone who competed, and I look forward to seeing you all again next year!

James Sutter
Fiction Editor

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Congrats to Andrew for coming in first place! :D

I had a blast writing mine, and I look forward to reading the stories that everyone in round 2 submitted.

And btw, it's Stewart, not Steward ;)

Andoran

Congratulations to all.
I too look forward to reading all of the entries.

Good on ya top 6 and

Thank you Mr. Sutter for taking the time to do this for the community.

Editing, Frog God Games

Who's this Dawn Fisher person? Yes I know, the name is all too easy to misspell.

Congratulations to the other winners and finalists! Thank you Ted Thompson, Montalve, James Sutter, and all the other judges for taking the time to read our little stories.

Taldor

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Tales Subscriber

Can you buy the anthology from Paizo?

Oh, and wouldn't it be awesome if Andrew got a close-up from the cover picture as a custom avatar (if he posts here)?

so, yeah, questions...

Well done, talented writing folk.


:-o

Wow, thanks to James, Ted (Zuxius) and all the judges and contest participants! I was just hoping against hope to make the Top 5 this year.

Now I need to get busy reading the finalized versions of the other contest entries. I also need to get busy writing again... I've been slacking off this summer.

The cover of the new anthology looks great. I shall be ordering a copy or three.

I have to say this is a great cheer-up after watching large parts of my town wash away down towards Chesapeake Bay last week. Thanks again, everybody!

Paizo Employee Developer

GeraintElberion wrote:
Can you buy the anthology from Paizo?

Since these are released under the Community Use Policy, it can't be sold, but we do have it available as a free download right here.

Qadira

Paizo Superscriber
GeraintElberion wrote:

Can you buy the anthology from Paizo?

Oh, and wouldn't it be awesome if Andrew got a close-up from the cover picture as a custom avatar (if he posts here)?

so, yeah, questions...

Well done, talented writing folk.

Contact me and I'll hook you up with a physical copy if you wish. We accept donations for the book and shipping will be 5 bucks.

This of course is the exclusive book that was distributed at PaizoCon 2011 last year. The 2012 book will be available for free next PaizoCon.


Congratulations to the top three and the other finalists!! I'm so excited!!

Thanks so much, Chronicler, for this awesome opportunity!! This has been an amazing experience. Special thanks to Zuxius, Montalve and James Sutter for your honest critiques. I look forward to putting your suggestions into practice.

.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Another awesome work Zuxs!

Love the cover :)


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Congrats to the winners.

I'm with you, Hugo. Who did that cover?

Paizo Employee Developer

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Who did that cover?

Carolina Eade.

Osirion

Congrats you guys, and especially to you, Andrew!

That cover is gorgeous by the way.

Qadira

Paizo Superscriber

Thanks Hugo!

Carolina Eade is just too cute. I just want to go down to Chile and catch her in a cage!


Everything about this post is MADE OF WIN!!!


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Zuxius wrote:


This of course is the exclusive book that was distributed at PaizoCon 2011 last year. The 2012 book will be available for free next PaizoCon.

Nice, I will get mine then.

Congrats Dawn, Todd and especially Andrew!

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

Well done, everyone! Ted (and the other judges) work really hard at bringing us this glimpse of every fan's vision of what Golarion can be. I had an absolute blast last year. And congratulations to Andrew for taking the prize this go-around. Also, to everyone else who applied themselves to writing so creatively. It's a lot of fun. And the feedback you get from everyone at PFC is worth its weight in gold. Here's to seeing the third annual contest next year!

Also, I must say...another awesome cover for the anthology! Miss Eade never disappoints. And I really like the continuation of the theme. Keep bringing us those libraries of Golarion, Ted. I'm excited to see what you come up with next time. And I look forward to picking up a copy of the new anthology at PaizoCon 2012.

My two cents,
--Neil


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Zuxius wrote:

Thanks Hugo!

Carolina Eade is just too cute. I just want to go down to Chile and catch her in a cage!

Thankfully, there are laws...


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Zuxius wrote:

Thanks Hugo!

Carolina Eade is just too cute. I just want to go down to Chile and catch her in a cage!

Somebody already beat you to it :)

Andoran

Congratulations to everyone for the great work all of you did along the contest, special congratulation for the Top 6 and the winners for reaching so far, it was a tought competition this year, really tought. (and thanks googledocs for giving me ways to save time)

And yes... that cover is awesome... just look at what it does to our site's banner :D

But yes, this has been a few mad weeks... and there still work prior to PF Chronicler Anthology 2. We are sure you will like the end result.

Ernesto I.

Qadira

Paizo Superscriber
Neil Spicer wrote:
Here's to seeing the third annual contest next year!

And for sure you will be a judge. Now that is the kind of support I just can't say no to!!!

Taldor

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Tales Subscriber
Zuxius wrote:
GeraintElberion wrote:

Can you buy the anthology from Paizo?

Oh, and wouldn't it be awesome if Andrew got a close-up from the cover picture as a custom avatar (if he posts here)?

so, yeah, questions...

Well done, talented writing folk.

Contact me and I'll hook you up with a physical copy if you wish. We accept donations for the book and shipping will be 5 bucks.

This of course is the exclusive book that was distributed at PaizoCon 2011 last year. The 2012 book will be available for free next PaizoCon.

If only I could go to Paizocon!

Thanks for the offer Zuxius, I'll make do with the pdf for now.

Cheliax

Damned Paizocon exclusives! I want that.

Also, must also take aprt to the competition Next year!

ps. Carolina Eade totally rocks.

Taldor

Next years contest and anthology will be equally exciting. We at PathfinderChronicler.net have set a high standard for what we produce in print and we will continue that trend.

Andoran

I was very happy with the top six, and think James made an excellent job narrowing them down further. I was a bit worried that by the last round all the stories would blur together or only a few contenders would arise. The high quality of the majority of the entries made this contest such a pleasure to judge.

Qadira

Paizo Superscriber

Let me just say thank you Ryan for stepping up to the plate and carrying the day. You really are here for the community and we are better for it! Your choices as a judge will be felt in the Pathfinder Chronicler Anthology process and deserves a noteworthy credit in the book!


Congrats everyone!

Awesome stuff all around!

Andoran

Agreed, having Ryan along this trip was very helpful. again, it was a pleasure.

Editing, Frog God Games

So, um... When am I to expect to see the store credit appearing on my account?

I have been otherwise occupied this past week and hadn't had a chance to check till now. I see nothing yet.

Editing, Frog God Games

Dawn R Fischer wrote:

So, um... When am I to expect to see the store credit appearing on my account?

I have been otherwise occupied this past week and hadn't had a chance to check till now. I see nothing yet.

Edit: All fixed. Thanks Ted!

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