Bashiok posted a list of the winners in Blizzard’s recent Creative Writing contest. It’s just a list of authors and titles, none of the stories are linked to read. Yet.

    The first ever Blizzard Entertainment Global Writing Contest is now complete!

    We would just like to say how impressed we are by the overwhelming number of high-quality entries we received. Ranging from epic to earnest and hilarious to horrific, your stories conveyed true devotion, passion, and insight. The judges went through several rounds before selecting the finalists, but in the end only the big man himself, Chris Metzen, could choose the winning entry. We would like to thank all of the contest entrants for the time and effort that they put into their stories. It is always a pleasure to see our fans demonstrate their immense creativity and talent!

    The grand prize winner will be flown to Blizzard Entertainment headquarters to meet the Blizzard creative writing staff, and will be the owner of a brand new shiny (and pointy) Frostmourne replica sword by Epic Weapons.

    Grand Prize Winner!

    • In the Shadow of the Sun by Sarah Pine

    Runners Up – (Alphabetical Order by Author)
    The Runners Up will be receiving signed copies of the Diablo Archive, StarCraft Archive, Warcraft Archive, and Warcraft War of the Ancients Archive.

    • Kuma’s Song by Tzu-Mainn Chen
    • The Baron’s Bird by Andrew Moeller
    • Where Loyalties Lie by Michael Edmund O’Reilly
    • Into the Void by Benjamin P. Reeves
    • The Last Days of Crank Fizzlepop by Sean Lucas Riley
    • Why We Fight by Jason Matthew Rodriguez
    • Flag of the Black King by Erik Sabol

    Honorable Mentions – (Alphabetical Order by Author)
    While the Honorable Mentions haven’t won a place in the contest, they’ve won a place in our hearts, and their stories have earned at the very least a mention to their greatness.

    • Eyes of the Dead by Luke Jackson
    • Dalaran Noir by Eric F. Kelley
    • The Princess and the Peon by Ben Lappin
    • Vengeance by Pamela Manasco
    • Windmills by Brendon Mroz
    • A Feast Fit For a Murloc by Kyle Schliesman
    • Mason by Charles Shattuck
    • The Defias Gambit by Craig E. Stalbaum
    • By Whatever Means Necessary by Laurie Tom
    • Inevitably Northward by Sam Zucchi

    Thank you again to everyone who entered! We’ll be posting select stories and excerpts on our website in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned to share in these truly inspiring stories.

    You can guess which game world some (Most? I don’t play WoW, so I might be missing some obvious tips.) of them are set in by the titles, but many are ambiguous. As the announcement says, Blizzard will be posting some of them online, but not all, and we might only get excerpts. It’s an interesting issue; if someone wrote a great story that happened to accurately forecast Blizzard’s pre-existing plans for the plot of a future game expansion, they’re not going to post that one, for obvious reasons. By the same token, the authors surrendered all rights to their work by submitting it, so Blizzard can take any idea and use it in any way they see fit, without attribution or any sort of payment.

    I wrote about this issue in more detail in a post here, in our D3 fan fiction forum, and I’d welcome comment or disagreement. Also in that forum, I’ve now posted my own entry to this contest. (Which did not win, and probably wasn’t even a valid submission. Details in a post following the story.) We’d love to host other Diablo short stories, whether you wrote them for this contest or otherwise, so head to the D3 FFF and join the fun.

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