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    Paradox Short Story Contest 2014 - Rewrite History!



    Rewrite History with Harry Turtledove & Europa Universalis IV

    Today your dreams of rewriting history shall lay dormant no longer.
    Today we are proud to announce Paradox Short Story Contest 2014.


    Ever wanted to reshape history in your own design? Are you a skilled writer yet to be discovered by the world? Here's your chance to do both! During 2014, Paradox Books will publish an Alternate History Anthology for Europa Universalis IV. Half of the short stories will be written by professional authors, one of which is the "master of alternate history" himself: Mr Harry Turtledove, the author of the Southern Victory series and many other titles.

    Players are now invited to submit their own alternate history short stories to the anthology.
    The ambition of the Paradox Short Story Contest is to spread the word about the storytelling created by players in strategy games.

    The Rules:
    If you want the chance to join Harry Turtledove and our other authors in the quest for histories that didn't come to pass (but could have), follow these simple steps:
    1. Length: Write a short story of circa 5,000 words based on some pivotal event - political, military or cultural - that turned out differently than in actual history. Please note: Only one short-story per writer. Also add a short text (circa 200 words) about how the event turned out in actual history, and circa 200 words about yourself.
    2. Time frame: The pivotal event must have taken place between the years 1444 and 1821 - the era of the Europa Universalis game. The story could be set later, however. The story could be told through individuals "on the ground" or have a bird's eye view of events - or a combination of the two.
    3. Atmosphere: The short story can be historical, humorous, serious, or any combination of those - as long as it fits the period and has an alternate take on history.
    How to participate
    THE DEADLINE HAS EXPIRED!
    The three winners will be announced the 28th of February, 2014.

    Ravishing Rewards:
    The three winning short stories will be published in the alternate history anthology, with a standard writer’s fee from Paradox Books. All winners will receive a hard copy of the anthology signed by the developers at Paradox Development Studio. Not only that, the winners will receive the Paradox Interactive Collection, a bundle of over 50 games.
    Please note: There may be honorable mentions and more than three short stories may be included in the anthology. All contributions selected will receive a standard writer’s fee.
    The anthology will be published by Paradox Books in 2014. The release date will be announced later.

    May the best conqueror change history!
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    Wow, I really like the idea.. but the deadline seems a bit tight.

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    I nominate the guy from the Henry VI thread.

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    Why this is not during the summer but before the exams during winter? WHY?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talar View Post
    Wow, I really like the idea.. but the deadline seems a bit tight.
    Come on, you can make it.
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    Challenge accepted!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoleslavLev View Post
    Why this is not during the summer but before the exams during winter? WHY?
    Because we believe that all you gamers are so high-functioning and intelligent that you can do both?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tufto View Post
    Challenge accepted!
    Hurray! Look forward to reading your short stories

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    BTW What alternate history authors are your favourites?

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    Is there a theme or setting that you'd like to see explored, personally or otherwise expect not to be touched upon? I wouldn't mind doing this just for fun, but the proverbial oyster needs a grain of sand to cover in slime.
    Always a pleasure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Regina View Post
    BTW What alternate history authors are your favourites?
    Ah, come on. Turtledove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Regina View Post
    BTW What alternate history authors are your favourites?
    Robert Cowley is one that comes to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRalphWiggum View Post
    Ah, come on. Turtledove.
    Yes, yes, but any other favorites? Bring it on!

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    Sorry for the question but....language is only english, doesn't it?

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    Aye!
    Sounds Fun
    Cant wait to read all many of them, I´ll make one too of course ^_^

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddyvander View Post
    Sorry for the question but....language is only english, doesn't it?
    Unfortunately yes, only short stories in English!
    However the language doesn´t have to be perfect, if the story is good it can always be edited
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    I nominate: 4 Henry VI

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    Nice this Paradox books thingie.
    I cannot use kindle crapformat in my reader though, not without cracking the protection to translate it into Epub or mobi and honestly I think it's very wrong to make users do that after they have paid. Any chance that books will be sold in those formats?
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    Hmm, think I'll take part. Already got an idea in mind even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alvaro View Post
    Nice this Paradox books thingie.
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    All of our books are also available on the iBookstore in iTunes. And plenty more outlets are on the way.
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