[Edit: The event was rescued by the very kind, generous,and all-around excellent alliance Arataka Research Consortium. Please see the posts below].
'Lo fellow writers, readers, and appreciators of New Eden lore,
I’m not so happy to report that the Pod & Planet EVE fiction contest likely won’t be back this year. Or at least, not in the same embodiment. What has happened is that our primary prizes donor, the constant, faithful and supremely generous sponsor MysteriousAlt, can no longer participate. o7 MA What that means is we might have 7bil isk to distribute among winning writings, instead of an average or 55bil. We’re trying to round up funds for the writers, but successful panhandling is much less likely than it was when we had sponsors we could advertise for and big up. I.e., the old EVE gambling sites, who’d donate to the event for exposure, reputation-building, or just because they were good guys with some extra isk to spare.
So, what this means for us:
a) We can do the writing event as always, but at a much lower level for the awards. But at least we all gather together, write, have what we’ve written read, read, and get a gauge of how our stuff did vs. other stuff rated.
b) Put the whole thing on abeyance until next year.
c) Similar to b). Keep on with what we’re just doing. Very good enough, I’d personally say.
Say if you have thoughts one way or another, ye all.