Blizzard's Writing Contest- We Have Winners, Folks!

After nearly three months of sorting through tons of fan-made stories of all variations, Blizzard has announced (here) the winners to their writing contest announced back in March of this year. The wait is over!

Quote from Bashiok »
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

What's more, Bashiok has also noted that winners may have parts of their hard writing work posted around the official Blizzard site! What would be a better reward than that?

Quote from "Bashiok" »
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.

Is anyone here eager to read what Blizzard has deemed top-notch work? Has anyone been announced a winner here? And, more for speculation purposes, does anyone think that Blizzard may use some of the fan-created material from this contest to fuel the lore for Diablo III and other games?

(This was also spotted by Chemedeiros via our Dev Tracker- pop him a rep point or two, ladies and gents!)


  • #1 likwidsteel
    I really hope that we get to read this stuff. =]
  • #2 Feabreg
    it would be cool to know if any of the winners is a member of this forum.


    congrats to all once again
  • #3 RedBandana59z
    lol no joke im wondering if theres any of those people on here. im interested in thegrand prize winner 1. sounds interesting
  • #4 Ralsu
    Quote from "Magistrate" »
    After nearly three months of sorting through tons of fan-made stories

    And by three months, Magistrate means about 40 days from the entry deadline until the announcement of the winners. :P

    I can't wait to read some of these if we get a chance.
  • #5 Magistrate
    They didn't start reading them until the deadline? Where'd you read that? I must have missed it :P
  • #6 Snowee
    This might be silly, but is there anyway to read the stuff they wrote? ;O
  • #7 Atrumentis
    Apparently not yet.

    Quote from "Bashiok" »
    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.
  • #8 Glyndwyr
    I would love to read some of those.. Im jealous cause i didnt win :(
  • #9 PhrozenDragon
    Very interesting. I hope more than a few were related to Diablo, but chances are we won't be that lucky.
  • #10 rolo_poloo
    i won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not
  • #11 DSquared82
    I might be being cynical here; but looks to me by the titles that most if not all of the winning and honorable mention stories are about Warcraft. I'm not one of the WoW haters either, but I dunno, just reading the titles lead me to believe that they are in that universe. Nothing wrong with that, maybe one sided, but it would be nice if at least one is a Diablo story. Some statistics would be nice like x% were Diablo and x% were Warcraft and x% were Starcraft.
  • #12 Magistrate
    Actually, everything they provided was rather vague. It was a real let-down for me, personally. There's a lot they could have said but didn't. I'm guessing that they have their reasons, but who knows?
  • #13 Daemaro
    Well everything submitted becomes theirs. So it's possible they may want to use the story/idea in a future game or expansion. You never know.
  • #14 Diagelos_Necrovio
    Well as long as they don't mind us saying "Hey that was in the story I submitted. Neat!" I'm cool with that, I mean credit where credit is due right?

    Oh and Dunhac I thought that too but the Black King story MIGHT be Diablo I mean that was Leoric right?
  • #15 Guasti
    i realy want to read this, cause i myself didn't win :( so i want to see what the winners wrote :) (probably soo much better than me :P)
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