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Old 2014-03-24, 05:18 PM   [Ignore Me] #1
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IMPORTANT EDIT 1: Entry deadline has been extended to end of 14th May (Pacific Standard Time). Those who have already submitted stories have the right to modify or add to their stories as they wish by logging into the competition website - PM me if you have any issues!

IMPORTANT EDIT 2: SOE have told us that winners will be featured on the official PS 2 site, woohoo!

Fellow Auraxians,

Do you think you could write the lore behind the bases, outfits, weapons, vehicles or factions we see in game? Do you feel that you could add depth to the Planetside 2 backstory? Well now here’s your chance to contribute your ideas and stories to the community.

The long-awaited Auraxis Literary Awards are here! A Planetside 2 Lore competition with four prizes of 2,000 SC up for grabs for the best additions to the backstory, as voted for by the community.

Head to http://lorecompetition.talesfromauraxis.com, or send an email to [email protected] to submit an entry between 1st and 14th May, following the guidelines below. Voting will take place between 15th and 29th May. All the rules for voting and winning are also below.

Good luck to all entrants, and if you have any questions about the entry procedure or voting then please let us (myself or Gaalsien) know!

NOTE: You can also check out the competition website to see examples of how the stories will appear on the site and the voting form. Also, you can read the rules there.

Submitting a story

1 - The competition has four categories for submissions - New Conglomerate, Terran Republic, Vanu Sovereignty, and Neutral. Writers may submit up to four stories, one for each category. Submissions should be emailed to [email protected], or submitted directly on the website http://lorecompetition.talesfromauraxis.com using the 'Submit an entry' option (top menu). All submissions should contain your Planetside 2 official forum name and the title and category of the submission, e.g. ‘Sonnyjimmy, The Eternal Soldier, Terran Republic’.

- Faction-specific submissions: Write a story, history, description or tale from the battlefield that adds to the background lore for a faction in Planetside 2 (i.e. the New Conglomerate, the Terran Republic, or the Vanu Sovereignty). Your entry could involve anything that adds to the history or background of the faction: e.g. any weapon, vehicle, or outfit that belongs to the faction, or any battle or event that that the faction has been involved in.

- Neutral submissions: Write a story, history, description or tale from the battlefield that adds to the background lore for Auraxis, humanity in general, or any neutral organizations (e.g. Nanite Systems) present in Planetside 2.

2 - Submissions can be of any length, but in English only (we plan to run competitions for other languages in the future, however we only have the resources to do one at a time). In addition to the story, you can prepare an excerpt (150 character max.) that will be displayed on the home page of the competition website when your story is in view. If you don't wish to do this, the excerpt will be the first 150 characters of your story instead.

3 - Please do not resubmit a story previously submitted to the Prosieben War Stories' competition. If you would like to submit a story previously posted elsewhere, please include proof that you are its original author, or you may be exempt from the competition. Example of adequate proof: if you posted the story on one of the Planetside 2 forums, send us a message through the same account that you used to first post the story.

4 - Writers have from April 1st to April 30th May 14th to enter submissions (end of, Pacific Standard Time).

5 - All submissions will be hosted on http://lorecompetition.talesfromauraxis.com during and following the competition. If you would like your story to not be hosted following the competition, feel free to state this via email.

Community voting and choosing a winner

6 - Winners. Of the submitted entries, one winner will be chosen from each category by community voting, which will take place at http://lorecompetition.talesfromauraxis.com, and will commence on May 15th and conclude May 29th.

7 - Voting procedure - at the bottom of each post is a rating form. You are required to enter your Planetside 2 forum name and your rating of the story in three different categories: style, content and fits into current lore. These are weighted out of 10, 10 and 3 respectively to give a total score of 23. These results are converted into a score out of ten ((total score / 23) * 10), and will be displayed on the leaderboard page of the site.

- Style: is the story well written in an engaging, entertaining or interesting way?

- Content: does the story add interesting concepts to the official lore? Does it give the Planetside 2 backstory greater depth?

- Fits into current lore: does the story match with the official lore stories posted by SOE? The 'official' lore, as considered by this competition, is published in full on the following two pages:

http://wiki.planetside-universe.com/ps/Lore_Archive

http://wiki.planetside-universe.com/ps/Lore

Lore or writing from any other source than these two pages is not considered to be official lore.

- Comments to author: If you have any additional comments to give personally and anonymously to the author then please write them here. It may be interesting to give constructive advice, good writing advice, or well-thought out opinions about the story, as the authors will choose the 'best voter' in a subsequent mini-competition (see 11.) following the end of the main lore writing contest, where you too could win a prize. Voters who do not wish their rating to be entered into this competition can simply untick the 'Enter this rating into the 'best voter'' box at the time of voting. Please see point 11 for more details.

8 - Voting is intended to be as fair as possible. We have made several rules to eliminate duplicate and unfair voting, described below:

- Authors cannot vote for their own story, or other stories within the same category that they have entered.

- Asking others to vote up your submission or vote down other submissions will lead to exclusion from the competition.

- Official Planetside 2 forum name - Voters are asked to give their official Planetside 2 forum display name to vote. This is done to ensure that votes are tied to a genuine person, and that we don't get multiple votes from the same person for the same story. If we do not find a valid name connected to a vote in the Planetside 2 official forums database then the vote will be rejected, so be careful to spell your name correctly! Your name will not be shared at any point to anyone other than the competition organisers (Sonnyjimmy and Gaalsien), and the data will be deleted following the end of the competition. If you win the 'best voter' competition (see 11.), the forum name given will be contacted via the official forums to receive their prize.

- One vote for each story per IP address - the IP addresses of voters are noted at the time of submission. This is also to ensure that we don't get multiple votes from the same IP. The IP addresses will not be shared at any point to anyone other than the competition organisers (Sonnyjimmy and Gaalsien), and they will be deleted following the end of the competition.

9 - Winning - The story with the highest average total rating from all four voting categories will be declared the overall winner. In the unlikely event of a draw, the story with the most votes will win.

10 - Prizes. The winner of each category will receive a SOE station cash code worth 2,000 SC. Prizes will be emailed to the address from which the submission was sent.

Best voter competition

11 - Every voter's name will be anonymised (i.e. their IP removed and name replaced with the number 1, 2 etc.), and their 'comments to the author' will be sent to the relevant author at the end of the competition. For the 'best voter' competition, each author will choose their favourite anonymised voter from all of those who voted for their story.

The voter who is selected by the greatest number of authors will win a SOE station cash code worth 2,000 SC. In the event of a draw, the voter who rated the greatest number of submitted stories will win. If that doesn't get a winner, then the voter who wrote the most overall characters in the 'comments to author' boxes will win.

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Old 2014-03-28, 04:49 AM   [Ignore Me] #2
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Sounds fun. Might be time to go sit in the writers corner again. Good luck with the contest man.
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Old 2014-03-28, 08:34 AM   [Ignore Me] #3
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Great idea Sonny. Hoping I have time to put something together as well.
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Old 2014-04-03, 12:23 AM   [Ignore Me] #4
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Hey Kestro, Canuck,
Glad to hear you're considering entering, look forward to reading your stories!

Just so everyone knows, we're now officially accepting entries until 30th April. Good luck and happy writing .

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Old 2014-04-23, 10:13 AM   [Ignore Me] #5
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Hey all,

One week left to submit your entries, so still just enough time to write a new one if you have any ideas! Any other rules related questions, let us know.

Those who have already submitted - I made you an author profile so that you can make last minute checks on your entries and see if your formatting has survived the submission process. Let us know if you have any issues.

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Old 2014-04-23, 11:29 AM   [Ignore Me] #6
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Originally Posted by Sonny View Post
Hey all,

One week left to submit your entries, so still just enough time to write a new one if you have any ideas! Any other rules related questions, let us know.

Those who have already submitted - I made you an author profile so that you can make last minute checks on your entries and see if your formatting has survived the submission process. Let us know if you have any issues.

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When I log on to the site I don't see any stories other than the Guidelines post. Will all stories be posted after the April 30th deadline and that's when voting starts?
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Old 2014-04-24, 09:10 AM   [Ignore Me] #7
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Originally Posted by robocpf1 View Post
When I log on to the site I don't see any stories other than the Guidelines post. Will all stories be posted after the April 30th deadline and that's when voting starts?
Hi Robo,
That's right. All the entries will be posted up at the same time after the deadline has passed.

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Old 2014-04-30, 08:34 AM   [Ignore Me] #8
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Dear Planetside 2 lore writers,

After several requests, we have decided to extend the submission date for the Auraxis Literary Awards until the end of May 14th (PST). This will be the only extension we will allow, so make sure you get your writing on ASAP !

Anyone who has already submitted a post – we have sent a username and password to your email address so that you can access your entries and modify them up until the new deadline. Feel free to add to your stories if you think they can be improved.

Good luck to all entrants,

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