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    Contest Winners

    Postby Talos Aquinas » 09 Oct 2010 02:08

    The seven judges have reached their decision and here are the results for the first Dune Fan Fiction Contest.

    1st Place: Entry #5, by Tleszer

    2nd Place: A tie between Entry #7, by Dante, and Entry #11, by Semuta

    3rd Place: Entry #4, by Eyes High


    The judges also wanted to give special mention to Entry #6, by Mahnmut.

    Congratulations to the winners and our thanks to everyone who submitted an entry to the contest.

    One judge also included this special message:

    My heartfelt thanks to all these authors — especially those who delved back into Frank's Dune to speculate on the thoughts and feelings of the lesser characters .... a "third person" take on the events and personalities must be considered 'legitimate' — Frank created a large universe of diverse human beings, each with their own motives and perspectives ... fertile ground for 'fan fiction', to agree or disagree, to support or oppose .... kudos & cookies for all.
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby Talos Aquinas » 09 Oct 2010 02:09

    And here is a breakdown of the votes cast by the judges:

    For first place, Entry #5 received 5 votes. #6 and #4 received 1 vote each.

    For second place, #11 and #7 tied with 2 votes each. Entries #1, #5 and #6 received 1 vote each.

    For third place, #4 received 3.5 votes (3 straight plus 1 tie). Entries #6, #7 and #8 each received 1 vote, and #11 received 0.5 vote (the tie vote).
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby inhuien » 09 Oct 2010 04:18

    Well done the winners and commiserations the rest, who submitted #11?
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby SandChigger » 09 Oct 2010 04:23

    :shhh: You're not supposed to ask that! :naughty:
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby Tleszer » 09 Oct 2010 07:59

    :shock: I didn't expect to win after reading the later entries, though SandRider's comments in that thread gave me a feeling of hope. It was hard not to even get to say "Thanks."

    Congratulations to everyone who participated. It was a great way to celebrate Frank Herbert and Dune (especially since yesterday was his "birthday"). It was quite fun and it would be great to have more contests like this in the future.
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby Eyes High » 09 Oct 2010 11:32

    Congrats Tleszer, great job! :clap: :dance: :clap:

    And way to go, Dante, Mahnmut, and the mystery writer. Well done!

    And thanks to everyone who wrote a story to help this first Dune Fan-Fic Contest be a success. :mrgreen:

    Now, time for the opinions how how each story could improve ? .... :shifty:
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby Tleszer » 09 Oct 2010 11:39

    Thanks, Eyes!

    Eyes High wrote:Now, time for the opinions how how each story could improve ? .... :shifty:


    I'm looking for that as well, especially since there's always room for improvement.
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby Hunchback Jack » 09 Oct 2010 12:04

    Eyes High wrote:And thanks to everyone who wrote a story to help this first Dune Fan-Fic Contest be a success. :mrgreen:


    Couldn't've said it better. Thanks everyone, and congrats to the winners and notables alike!

    Do we need to wait a year for the next one?

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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby Omphalos » 09 Oct 2010 12:06

    How about we do two per year, every six months. One annually for serious in-universal, canonical works, and one at a six month lag, annually, for humorous, slash or satirical stuff?
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby Freakzilla » 09 Oct 2010 12:16

    Omphalos wrote:How about we do two per year, every six months. One annually for serious in-universal, canonical works, and one at a six month lag, annually, for humorous, slash or satirical stuff?


    That sounds like a good idea. :)
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 09 Oct 2010 14:23

    I'll be posting some comments in each storie's thread, I'm really looking forward to seeing what the other judges write, and talking with the writers. As you can see, I'm the jerk who voted for 2 seperate entries for 3rd place.

    My personal vote was this:

    First: Entry 5

    Second: Entry 7

    Third: Tied between Entry 4 and Entry 11

    If there was a 4th place it would be Entry #1


    Are we going to find out who wrote the rest of the stories? We can just leave them to self identify in their own threads, or whatever.

    EDIT: Who's Dante?
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby Mahnmut » 09 Oct 2010 16:22

    Congratulations to the top three winners. Well deserved by all. It doesn't matter if you're a professional writer, an amateur, or just dabble in the word. It takes a little gumption to put your work out there to be judged good, bad or indifferent. I personally had a lot of fun writing my story and thank you all for the special mention. To get three out of seven judges to pick my story for 1st... 2nd... and 3rd is quite satisfying. I look forward to the next contest with relish and mustard.

    A special congrats to my partner in crime over at Worm's RPG... way to go Eyes.
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 09 Oct 2010 18:07

    Mahnmut wrote:Congratulations to the top three winners. Well deserved by all. It doesn't matter if you're a professional writer, an amateur, or just dabble in the word. It takes a little gumption to put your work out there to be judged good, bad or indifferent. I personally had a lot of fun writing my story and thank you all for the special mention. To get three out of seven judges to pick my story for 1st... 2nd... and 3rd is quite satisfying. I look forward to the next contest with relish and mustard.

    A special congrats to my partner in crime over at Worm's RPG... way to go Eyes.


    And it was especially vexing to us to not be able to put you in the top 3 with those votes, we argued for a good few days about how best to combine each judge's scores for the most fair and accurate results.

    Also, that vote for first that you got came from, in my opinion, our most illustrious judge (I'll let them reveal themselves. :wink: ).
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby Eyes High » 09 Oct 2010 18:49

    Thing, I can hardly wait to read your suggestions/observations (along with the rest of the judges) for the stories.

    Thanks Mahn.
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby Talos Aquinas » 09 Oct 2010 19:48

    A Thing of Eternity wrote:Are we going to find out who wrote the rest of the stories? We can just leave them to self identify in their own threads, or whatever.

    EDIT: Who's Dante?

    I suppose there is no harm in revealing the identities of all the authors...

    #1 - Eyes High

    #2 - Eyes High

    #3 - Robspierre

    #4 - Eyes High

    #5 - Tleszer

    #6 - Mahnmut

    #7 - Dante

    #8 - Dante

    #9 - chanilover

    #10 - DuneFishUK

    #11 - Semuta


    Dante is a fellow fighter against stupidity in all its forms over on FED2k. Semuta is not, to the best of our knowledge, the person who goes by "semuta" here. (We initially had only his real name and had to check what user name he wanted to be known by; there were some communication problems which precluded making it available until now.)
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 09 Oct 2010 22:45

    Talos Aquinas wrote:
    #1 - Eyes High

    #2 - Eyes High

    #3 - Robspierre

    #4 - Eyes High

    #5 - Tleszer

    #6 - Mahnmut

    #7 - Dante

    #8 - Dante

    #9 - chanilover

    #10 - DuneFishUK

    #11 - Semuta



    :shock: :lol: That's awesome, I totally called #9 being by CL, sorry for coming down so hard on it bud! :lol: It was pretty funny.
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby inhuien » 10 Oct 2010 11:44

    Can we edit the Contest Entry thread titles to include the authors tags?
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby Eyes High » 10 Oct 2010 12:16

    inhuien wrote:Can we edit the Contest Entry thread titles to include the authors tags?


    I think Talos, or one of the mods/admin would have to go in and do that ... but then again, I'm not very computer knowledgeable so why am I even responding..... :oops: I was suppose to be in hiding for a month after the names came out.... :scared-yipes: bye :techie-hiding:
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby inhuien » 10 Oct 2010 12:19

    Eyes High wrote:
    inhuien wrote:Can we edit the Contest Entry thread titles to include the authors tags?


    I think Talos, or one of the mods/admin would have to go in and do that ... but then again, I'm not very computer knowledgeable so why am I even responding..... :oops:

    You're quite right eyes, I think it would be a fitting gesture.
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby Talos Aquinas » 10 Oct 2010 19:04

    I trust the changes just made will be satisfactory.

    (I begin to understand why the First Machines decided even Andromeda was still too close... :? )
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby SandRider » 10 Oct 2010 21:19

    wow.

    I'm not sure what to say, I think I'm still a little .... stunned ...

    it's not that I don't think GreenAss is an above-average intelligent person,
    or capable of producing such a fine piece of short fiction, so close in
    mood and feeling and intent to Frank ... I think I'm just having a hard time
    accepting that he actually did it ...

    wow.

    well, this makes me very happy, indeed ....
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    also, if it hasn't been done already, one of you with a secret back-door com channel
    to Merrit should send him this story .... and one of the sock-puppets should post it
    Over There in the FanFic section, and all the other sock puppets should chime in with
    "now that's the kind of Dune I want to read" ..... and everybody should flood Keith's
    emails and wordfire with it, with a comment like "look here, dipshit - this is what a
    writer writes ... douchebag; &etc...
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby DuneFishUK » 11 Oct 2010 14:21

    Excellent entries everyone - and congratulations to the winners.

    I love the way this started on Brian's birthday and ended near-as-dammit on Frank's :)


    (Looking forward to the next on already, I hereby pledge that I will spend more than 2 hours writing next time (coincidentally the length of the train journey home from London on submission's eve :think: ))
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby TheDukester » 12 Oct 2010 02:02

    Good job to all, contestants and judges alike.

    I'm still pleasantly surprised by the sheer number of entries. I would have guess maybe five, tops.
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby SandRider » 12 Oct 2010 09:56

    I had suggested before, and it's been suggested since, that this be a bi-annual (twice-yearly) event ...

    and BTW, right now, can someone clear up for me how to distinguish a twice-yearly vs. every-two-years?
    biannual vs. biannually ? WTF? I've ran into this lately as the Fort Stockton Muster has been changed
    from yearly (annual) to every-other-year (biWTF) ... it just don't make no sense for me to have type
    what I just did up there, a clarification in parens ....

    I'd like to suggest that the "Fan Fiction" forum be arranged so that each contest will have it's
    own category, within the same forum - I don't know if anyone thinks any of the rules need to
    be tampered with; altho I can see changing the theme from time to time - f'instance, I'd like to
    see a whole slew of short stories set in the "Dune7" period ... and also, since Brian Pherbert opened
    up the can of worms, I could see a contest based on the Butlerian Jihad - Orthodox Herbertarian
    POV's on what we think Frank intended it to be ...

    anyway, keep each contest in a separate space, for future readers and comments - and I think
    we should all go back and reread all the entries and offer comments - I know Eyes High has been
    trying to solicit comments, which makes sense now that I see three of the entries were hers -
    I think she really, really wants some feedback, and with the effort she made, I think she deserves
    it, as does everyone else ...

    I think the "Jacurutu/Hairy Ticks Fan Fiction Contest" could/should be a center point, an anchor
    for this site, like Freak's Reading Group, and become one of the main reasons-for-being here ...

    (I also suggest that the title be Orthodox Herbertarian Fiction .... some of this stuff is much
    better than "fanfiction", an putting the OH on it associates it Jacurutu, the Chiggerblahg, T(A)U, and
    whatever it is you people are doing with the Facebook ...)
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    Re: Contest Winners

    Postby redbugpest » 12 Oct 2010 10:17

    SandRider wrote:and BTW, right now, can someone clear up for me how to distinguish a twice-yearly vs. every-two-years?
    biannual vs. biannually ? WTF?


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