Meet the Winners of the Wheaton/Scalzi Fanfic Contest!

John sez:

There are two winners of the Wheaton/Scalzi fanfic contest:

Bernadette Durbin: “Bedtime Story”

Scott Mattes: “Vintarini’s Peak”

The Jury of Awesomeness™ picked them both because we couldn’t decide between them, and then thought, “why decide?” Because, hey, we can totally do that.

Their stories will be bundled up with stories by Wil Wheaton, Patrick Rothfuss, Catherynne Valente, and me, into an electronic chapbook from Subterranean Press, the proceeds of which will go to benefit the Lupus Alliance of America (via its Michigan/Indiana affiliate).

All the stories are in — and fantastic — and are headed for production. We’ll have more information on a release date and how to buy the chapbook soon.

Congratulations to Bernadette and Scott!

42 Comments on “Meet the Winners of the Wheaton/Scalzi Fanfic Contest!”

  1. Congratulations to the winners, not just for winning but for making John and Wil miserable in the process!

  2. Congratulations Bernadette and Scott!!!

    John and Wil (who I assume will be reading this post and comments), thank you so much for this contest. I had so much fun writing my story and then expanding the world in my head. Let’s do this again sometime.

  3. Congratulations! I look forward to reading the stories that won. I had fun writing my entry.

    It *almost* makes up for having that picture burned into my brain for the rest of my life.


  4. @8:

    I’m assuming they meant the two winning stories and the four by the previously published authors.


    Is there any plans to do a limited print edition chapbook by chance, as well as the electronic edition? ‘Cuz I would totally buy that. Just sayin’.

  5. Congratulations Burnadette and Scott! Can’t wait to read your stories! I bet they’re wickedly fun!

  6. Congrats to the winners! I assume when the chapbook is available we’ll get an update on how to buy it.

  7. Congrats to the winners; this was a great contest, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing my entry.

    Of course I will hate both of the winners with a fiery passion, for being more talented than I. Really, I will! What’s life without pettiness?

    You know John,you should make this an annual event, giving you your yearly dose of masochism. Just a thought.

  8. Congrats to the winners! Thanks so much for this fun contest. I had a ton of fun writing my submission, though I knew I was a longshot at best.


  9. You know this contest was a cunning way of selling the for-charity chapbooks.

    If I recall there were over 350 story submissions. That means there are 348 people who are likely to buy the chapbook just to read the stories that beat out their entries.

    Scalzi & Wheaton, I bow to your evil for-charity book selling genius.

  10. “You know this contest was a cunning way of selling the for-charity chapbooks.”

    Plus the obligatory friends-and-family sales. With a double sale if they ever do a print version.

    Oh yes, evil genius indeed.

  11. I second the idea of making this an annual thing. It was a lot of fun. Congrats to the winners!

  12. Congratulations Bernadette and Scott! I can say this despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth that took place when I discovered my entry had not won. Maybe next time!

    Is there is a place for non-winners to post their entries? I know this was suggested before the results were announced, but it might be fun to see more of other peoples efforts. I admit I don’t have anywhere convenient to post mine, so if anyone can host them…..

  13. If you want to post your story and dont know how, try making a typepad account and blog it.

  14. Congrats to the Winners! It was a lot of fun to write my entry.

    Can’t wait to read what beat me :P

  15. Hats off to the winners!

    Mostly because that’s how I hide the laser gun grafted to my forehead, with which I now fry your eyeballs and kill you until you are dead.

    Pew pew!!

    Also, I am not sour for the big losing.

    You know…. in case there was a question.

    Pew. pew.


    I need a bigger hat. With blinking lights on it.

  16. Congratulations Bernadette and Scott!

    Agree, the whole thing was a stroke of evil genius. I hope it’s highly effective against Lupus.

    This has been a lot of fun and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the chapbook.

    (For those who wish to post their not-quite-as-full-of-awesome entries, there are many free blogging sites which provide ample space to share. I like WordPress so far.)

  17. Well, I didn’t enter, so I can’t be a sore loser. I did imagine an entry, but I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to write it down.
    A family member in Indiana has Lupus and is active in Lupus awareness, so I’ll definitely be buying the e-chapbook. Looking forward to reading the stories.

  18. Congrats to the winners. Must have been some damn good stories to beat me… what? Okay. Joking. Kind of. Maybe. I’ll think about it. Thinking. Okay… yeah… it’s a joke. For real, congrats.

  19. Congrats winners! I’m looking forward to reading this stupendous concatenation of madness. :)

    And big thanks once again to John and Wil for allowing me to help visualize.

  20. Congratulations to the winners. Really. I’m British, I shall maintain a stiff upper lip. And harbour sour thoughts about colonial bias.

    (Okay, so maybe my writing WW as a demonic entity was going a bit too far, but, eh, that sweater deserved it.)

    All hail the Kittycorn. :) I’m with the idea of an annual charity event – this was fun.

    My entry, in case anyone is interested –

  21. Any chance of the rest of us getting rejection emails with feedback? Even a short “Yes what Wil and the Pegakitticorn were doing wasn’t sex according to the scientific definition, but it still squicked us out” would be appreciated.

    On a lighter note, we could approach about creating a new forum … :-)

  22. I also would like to have a rejection letter if at all possible. You know just something generic we could add to a growing collection, “Thank you for submitting your story. Unfortunately…”

    Congratulations to the winners! I look forward to reading your stories. :)

  23. Congrats from the faaaaaaaaaaaaar South!
    It will be a long wait until the chapbook is available.
    This contest was GREAT! One more time! One more time!! :)
    Greis from Argentina

  24. Cool, I wanted to read these anyway AND I have clients with Lupus, so I can support that too?!? I love win-win scenarios. :)

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