<font color="white"><b>Publisher</b><br>Paradox Bo
- Aug 19, 2013
The interest in our Europa Universalis Short Story Contest has been amazing - so great, in fact, that we had to push up this announcement by two weeks. Now we are finally here.
Equally impressive is the quality of the works that you have sent us. We are blown away by the levels of historical insight and writing skills you have shown. Choosing only three of the 100 submissions has been next to impossible. Yet we had to do it, and so we have!
So, without further ado, here are the winning submissions in the Paradox Short Story Contest 2014, in alphabetical order:
"Company", by Luke Bean: A masterful depiction of a brutal German history that never was, seen through the eyes of a boy.
"Écureuils", by Aidan Darnell Hailes: A moving portrait of a woman in an alternate modern US, showing how history is not just in old books - its consequences affect us all, in everyday life.
"The Great Work", by Felix Cook: A thriller take on a plausible yet very different Britain and Scandinavia, a century after a successful Gunpowder Plot.
These three short stories will be published in the upcoming book Europa Universalis 4: What If? The Anthology of Alternative History, alongside Harry Turtledove and other writers. Click the thumbnail above to see a bigger image of the book! We will contact the three winners via email to work out all the details.
This book will be published by Paradox Books, in electronic and print form, in May. Keep a close look on the Paradox Books Facebook page (don’t forget to like it!) and our Twitter feed for more information soon.
There are a few other submissions that we would like to mention specifically, even though they didn’t quite make it into the final three:
"And Yet It Moves" by Daniel Jones: A great read and an interesting take on a very famous moment of history.
"Amy's Legacy" by Cindy Brown Ash: A thoughtful insight into the mind of the daughter-that-never-was of Queen Elizabeth I of England.
"The White King" by Joseph Sharp: A feverish and violent roller-coaster of a story about 16th century conquistadors.
"Africae Ascendens" by Dennis M. Lane: A thought-provoking tale of an alternate African history - and future.
Writers of the Future
We also want to give some extra praise to three impressive stories, penned by writers only 13 to 14 years old:
"Rome Reborn" by Brendan Mast
"Europe on Fire" by Adam Hunt
"The Completely Unbiased, Definitive, Anachronistic Encyclopaedia of World History, Vol. 168: Korea" by Anzo Nguyen
A New Forum for All Submissions
We wish we could publish all 100 submissions in our anthology. That being impossible, we have instead opened a new sub-forum here on the EU4 forums, specifically made for you to post your stories in. There, you can let others read your work, get feedback and give feedback to others.
(Remember: Start a new thread for each story.)