Shell Case Shorts 4

Yes, we’re in to the forth short story competition. And this month we take a look at origins. This can be the origins of whatever you like; a Space Marine chapter, a fantasy regiment, a warband in Mordheim or a horde in…er…Hordes.

Remember it has to be a force/chaapter/regiment of your own devising. You couldn’t write about the Ultramarines, for example.

This month’s prize is courtesy of the awesome and legendary Nick Kyme and because he’s been so legendary and, dare I say it, awesome, there will now be TWO prizes. One prize for the best ‘goody’ and a prize of the best ‘baddy’. And those prizes are signed copies of the Fall of Damnos & Salamander. And there may could possibly be a runners up prize. But only if you all work very hard!

All it needs to be is based on an existing wargaming IP of any stripe and be written in a historical style. Consider breaking the piece down in to the following:

Founding, Homeworld/Homeland, Combat Doctrine, Force Organisation, Beliefs, Significant/Defining Moment, Battle Cry

If you’re doing Space Marine remember to include something about their geneseed.

And yes you can include a picture of colour scheme or iconography if you want to.

Rules are as follows:

Your work is your own but intellectual property rests squarely with the companies in question and is only used under fair use. I reserve the right to publish any submissions in a strictly non-profit capacity. All published writers will be credited accordingly.

Submissions should attempt to evoke a sense of history and grandeur about thier chosen regiment/chapter/legion/company etc.

Word limit is 3,000 words (+/- 10%).

All entries must be received by midday Monday 30th April 2012 after which a single winner will be chosen. Submissions received after this will not be considered.

1 submission per person.

Work believed to be plagiarised will be disqualified.

All submissions must be sent as a Word document attached to an email to

[Any spam from entrants will result in disqualification]

Submissions must include at the top of the first page; the entrants name, a contact email address, Twitter name if applicable and the title of the story.

1 winner will be chosen and notified by email.

The winning entry will be published initially on The Shell Case blog and later in a free to download anthology.

No discussion will be entered into, my decision is final.

The prize may not be exchanged for its cash value or an alternative. However, I reserve the right to substitute the prize if necessary.

Good luck and have fun!

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