Contest Details


Eligibility: No entry fee [or purchase] is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. The contest is open only to those who have not been professionally published. Professional fiction publication (i.e. a story, not an adventure or an RPG product) is deemed to be work that has been compensated at a rate of at least 5 cents per word, from Paizo or another major publisher. Entries must be unpublished and may not have won any prize or award in the past. Cannot be a judge or related to a judge through family, real-life friend or affiliate. Online pals are okay.

You are encouraged to join Pathfinder Chronicler Forums and work with other contestants on your entries! You must be the legal age of 18 to participate. If not, one of your parents or legal guardians must submit a signed, written statement that they have read, understood and agree to these contest rules with your entry, and that such agreement constitutes acceptance of these Contest Rules on behalf of you and themselves.

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Contest Period: Starting May 24th, 12:00AM, Pacific Time, Pathfinder Chronicler will be accepting short story submissions for our Pathfinder Fiction Contest 2015. Deadline for all submissions is September 12th, 2015, 11:59pm Pacific Time. Stories will be between 3000-4000 words using existing canon concerning the Age of Destiny -3470 AR to 1 AR.

On September 30th, 11:59pm Pacific Time, five (5) finalists will go on to the Paizo Round.

Paizo’s Fiction Editor, Christopher Paul Carey will blindly read the works of the five finalists and decide the Pathfinder Fiction Contest winner. That winner will be announced October 10th. Also, the top 5 stories chosen by the judges will also be put in the upcoming Pathfinder Chronicler Anthology Volume V.

Entry in the Contest: You can enter the contest by submitting one (1) short story based on Paizo’s Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Campaign Setting, set in the world of Golarion. You may also use all sources available in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Campaign Setting line. If you have no access to the printed Pathfinder Campaign Setting material, you may access and use Pathfinder Wiki for online information.

Use the following Contest Submission Instructions. Email entries to . Entries will be disqualified if they fail to strictly follow our Contest Submission Instructions.

You are limited to one (1) entry into the contest.

Winner Selection: A panel will judge eligible first round entries equally on the basis of: sustained writing ability (25%), topic creativity (25%), originality (25%) and overall excellence (25%).

Prizes: Finalists’ stories will be featured permanently on Pathfinder Chronicler. Pathfinder Chronicler will award a $100 Paizo Gift Certificate to the winner as selected by Christopher Paul Carey. Two runner-ups will receive a $50 Paizo Gift Certificate each.

Original Work of Authorship: You hereby warrant and represent that (a) you own all rights to all Entry Materials submitted by you; and (b) all such Entry Materials are original works of authorship on your part and have not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other work and do not violate, misappropriate or infringe any copyright, trademark or other proprietary right of any other person or entity. If it is discovered that the above is not the case, your piece will be immediately disqualified.

We invite you to register and participate in our Pathfinder Chronicler Forums to improve your work with fellow contestants. You may not take others’ ideas and incorporate them into your stories nor may you plagiarize anything that you read on the website. Participation in the forums is completely voluntary but encouraged. It is perfectly fine for another contestant to suggest an idea that another writer may use (with the consent of both parties). Contact Theodore Thompson at or Laura Sheppard at or join the forums and message them privately. Once you are in the Pathfinder Chronicler Forums you may request a password to the Fiction Contest 2015 Forum where you may work on and edit your story among other Pathfinder Chroniclers where no judge can see it.

General Release: This contest is void where prohibited by law. By entering the Contest, you release Pathfinder Chronicler, Paizo, participating sponsors, companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory, to the extent permitted by law.