It is with great pleasure that we have announced the Golden PADD entries and our winner!
Each story was scored by three judges, whose identity had been kept secret until now! (see below). They all scored each entry based on a standardised set of criteria and submitted it to Myrkul Sharr, who was leading the competition, who collated the scores. Once finalised a clear winner (though it was very close) had been selected and it is now, on Obsidian Day, that we are proud to reveal the participants and their hard work, the winner of the competition and of course, the Judges.
“From the Cradle” by SubjectHazard. An excellent story from a talented author! We will be catching up with them shortly for a quick interview!
Here are our entries, click on the title to go to their work (they are in no particular order)!
|Entry||Author||Synopsis (by the authors)|
|From the Cradle||SubjectHazard||It’s easy to be a saint in paradise. But what if you never lived in paradise? What if you reminded those saints of a time before their utopia? One Starfleet officer is forced to face this issue and ask himself: is paradise for him? Or will paradise reject him?|
|The Other Side||Willow Latter||Zar’ra Dawes always wanted to explore the universe and to stand on different worlds. At the Academy, she had no trouble acing the simulations requiring her to make the tough decisions. But when the reality of Borg incursions and a war with the Dominion begins to change the role of Starfleet within the Federation, she will find herself having to face impossible choices. In war, fatigue and doubt can blur the lines between honourable sacrifice and losing your men to a bad call. When the door finally closes on her life, which side will her final decision put her on, heroism or tragedy?|
|Crossing Fate||William Odom||Starfleet may be one of the strongest forces in known space, but, even some jobs are beyond it’s capabilities. Enter the Black Phoenix Group, a privately-funded mercenary group, created and led by one of Starfleet Marine Corps’ most ferocious Command Sergeants Major, William “Wild Bill” Reece. He leads his elite unit in protecting the Federation in any way he sees fit. Along the way, he has made many enemies. Only time will tell who comes out on top|
|Why We Serve||Andrew Marquez|
|Fire In the Sky||Luke Parsons||On a far flung frozen planet, a Federation Science team works to harness a revolutionary new energy source. On the day of the first full-scale test, disaster strikes and a small group of survivors must find a way to escape the facility and the raging firestorm outside its walls.|
I would love to give a very special thank you to our three esteemed judges, Commodore Oliver Lancaster (Ben) and Captain Malcom Llwyedd (Fred) from Obsidian Fleet and JonM from Bravo Fleet.