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    Blizzard has announced their 2011 FanFic contest, so straight to your keyboards! The news post comes complete with links to the 2009 and 2010 winners, plus excerpts from the honorable mentions, and if past history is any indication, you’re best off setting your story in the Warcraft universe, and including as much melodramatic dialogue as possible. Adhering to the other central tenants of Blizzard’s writing style is probably a good idea as well, as a recent forum thread debated.

    Submissions must be 2500-7500 words and may be submitted from now until midnight, October 15, 2011. As in past years, you should check the rules and be sure you know what you’re getting into. We’ve previously referred to this contest as Blizzard’s open source plot generator, since they own the rights to anything you submit and may use it freely, without credit or compensation

    Teh prizehs!

    • Grand Prize: The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Blizzard’s headquarters in Southern California, where you’ll meet and eat with the Blizzard writing staff. In addition, you’ll receive a Doomhammer™ hammer by Epic Weapons and copies of the StarCraft Archive, the Diablo Archive, the Warcraft Archive, the Warcraft: War of the Ancients Archive, and World of Warcraft: Chronicles of War. All books will be signed by Chris Metzen, their respective cover artists, and the Creative Development Publishing team.
    • Runners-up: Seven runners-up will each receive copies of the StarCraft Archive, the Diablo Archive, the Warcraft Archive, the Warcraft: War of the Ancients Archive, and World of Warcraft: Chronicles of War. All books will be signed by Chris Metzen, their respective cover artists, and the Creative Development Publishing team.

    Good luck to anyone who enters; there’s been a grand total of one Diablo story included in the honorable mentions these past 2 years, but perhaps one of our readers can break through this time. Note that we have a Fan Fiction Forum if you’re after inspiration or feedback.

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