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Community Writing Contest!

OP UK1V

Hello everyone and welcome to a new Halo Community Writing Contest! Wether you’re new or a veteran, give it a try! You’ll be amazed at how creative your mind can be!


[PRIZES]
I may have some Infinite camo codes to hand out to the winner!

**IMPORTANT NEWS**
[For the time being, there aren’t any Forum Badges available for this contest. This is purely a fun activity for everyone in the community to get involved in. I’ll happily keep a record of winners from each contest however, that way in the future if the badge is reinstated you’ll receive it!

This is the third writing comp I’ve hosted, and I apologise for the inconsistency with how often I’ve done them! I got a new job and have been flat out!!

So let’s get started!

This contest will take place at the battle for Zeta Halo (pre Halo Infinite). Since I’ve chosen the time and location I feel it’s only fair to allow you to choose which side you’re on and what kind of rank/class you’ll be. Now think about your decision carefully, and try to create a unique setting.

Be sure to take the time to create and understand your character/s before writing. I’m looking to see how well you can execute your character/s and how well you write them into your given situation. BE CREATIVE! And good luck!

Here’s a few rules!
  • There is no need to title your story, but feel free.
  • You’re allowed to be whoever you’d like (except established characters within the Halo Universe).
  • You are limited to the character limit of 7,500.
  • Do NOT feature other Halo characters. This is an opportunity for your characters to take centre stage. Don’t rely on other well-known characters to help your story.
  • The story period must be set at the Battle for Zeta Halo.
  • 1 entry per person
  • The entry must be written by the person submitting it.
  • Entries must be in English
  • Prose entries only. No poems. Sorry.
  • The contest will run until 23.59 AWDT May 1st.
  • Late entries or those not in line with the listed criteria will be disqualified.
  • Remember to hook the reader at the start. Make a statement. Don't start with pacing the room, looking out of the window or contemplation.
  • Show, don’t tell. Tell has it's place. But showing is better when starting the story.
  • Don’t start your story with a load of adjective-laden description.
By this point I hope you all understand how it works, if you don’t please feel free to either post a question or PM me directly. Your question won’t count as a submission and you won’t have to use that post as your submission post.

If you have any feedback please let me know! Good luck to everyone who enters! Remember to read those rules!
Is it ok if I mention Master Chief but he isn’t in the story? Thanks in advance for your answer.
Zeta Halo: Josh B-095

The UNSC Black Serenity made landfall on Installation 07 and unloaded its soldiers unto the white sands. The ship left after dropping off Infinite Team on the beach.
Marines gasped at the beautiful landscape, mesmerized by the tall cliffs and perfect water. It all seemed too faultless to be real.
As the soldiers looked around them, a Spartan III pushed his wayto the front. His name was Josh B-095. Josh’s armour was white and blue, and covered in dents and scratches. His battle-worn armor matched the beachfront.
“Move it soldiers, we have to assist the forces on this ring, we have to stop the covenant,” he said loudly to disperse the murmuring from the small crowd. The soldiers of Infinite Team marched down the water’s edge to meet Team Roma.
As they made their way to the allies up ahead, a Phantom flew up behind them and gunned down the soldiers in the back. Josh turned back and shot at the gun, taking it out and disabling the ship.
Jackals and Grunts hopped down and launched plasma at Infinite Team.
“WHADDA WE DO, SIR?” Shouted a marine. Josh answered as he dragged a wounded soldier,” we fight.” The marines ducked behind rocks and shot round after round at the Covenant Infantry.
Within minutes, the alien fools were downed and retreating. The remaining soldiers jogged the next 2 kilometers to Team Roma’s position.
Josh walked up to Sylas R-357 and apologized for the lack of soldiers. “We were pinned down by infantry, we lost some.” Sylas removed his helmet before speaking,”well at least you brought soldiers.”
Josh and Sylas sprinted through a large cavern and ducked behind a semi-wall. The marines walked forward, knowing that the space leading up to the Spartans was safe. “NOOOO- Arhgghhh,”
A marine shouted as a Zealot Elite stabbed her with an energy blade.
“Shhhhh,” Sylas whispered to the marines on the opposite side of the cave. Josh looked towards the Elite and covered Sylas’ mouth. The Elite was shot in the back and fell, before a Banished stepped forth. “Humans of Earth, show yourselves. Zeta Halo belongs to us.” Josh crept up over the semi-wall and ducked behind the Brute, pulling out a knife before going in for the kill.
The 9 foot beast yelled and fell. It’s screams alerted the others, and soon Roma and Infinite were locked in battle with The Banished. Of the 154 soldiers in the teams combined, only 42 would survive the encounter. “Slater, Quinn, move up and take out the one with the hammer! McHewins, fall back!” Sylas shouted orders at the marines in his vicinity.
Clarke and Barrete moved up and were killed almost instantly. Gallagher went flying across the cavern after being hit with a gravity hammer. Quinn was shot by a spiker-bearing Brute as she tried to kill the chieftain. Josh ran up, grabbed the energy blade that had been lying on the ground, and charged. He sliced open the neck of the chieftain, and began slaughtering the nearby Brutes. With the help of Slater, Sylas, and the other 39 soldiers, the rest of the brutes were killed. The troops walked slowly through the rest of the cavern, stunned and dazed. “I didn’t think we were gonna make it, Lieutenant,” Slater said to Josh.
Josh stayed silent.
They made it out of the cavern and onto the opposite side of the cliffs. “There it is, Sarge,” Josh whispered to Sylas,”there’s the base.” The two of them stared at the sword-shaped base in astonishment, as it was unlike anything they’d seen. The super-soldiers had only ever been sent into combat on planets, but never had they ever been on a Halo Ring. Josh now took notice of how the ring curved up and around in the sky. The land before them was charming and pleasant. It was elegant.
“Let’s get moving then, shall we?” Sylas replied to Josh after the long pause. The Lieutenant motioned his troops forward, and Josh remained as he watched the brave soldiers march to the base.
Josh jogged down the hill, and went to the river at the base of the construct.
Roma Team was approaching Zeta Base, when banshees flew up from behind the building and flew around, shooting everything that moved. Soldiers ducked behind cover, and Sylas was lying on the ground in some brush. Josh ran now, he ran and tried to save them, but it was too late. Most of them had died. He ran to Sylas, only to find that he was dead rather than hiding. Josh grabbed the orange and black helmet from off his friend’s head. “Holy-“ Josh started. He was speechless. The last 7 marines grouped around Josh. “Grab some grenades and take out the banshees. We aren’t going back, we’re in too deep.”
After a couple minutes, the banshees were taken out. Two Pelicans flew in and each dropped 4-seat Warthogs. The 7 marines, and Josh, hopped in and drove up the path to the entrance. “This is Josh B-095, requesting evac at these coordinates, please arrive around 2 hours from now. Over.” One of the Pelican pilots responded, accepting the request.
Some Elites dropped in in pods and started shooting at the Warthogs. The Warthog in the back erupted in flames before flying off the cliffs edge and exploding. The marine sitting in the passenger seat of the remaining Warthog was shot and killed. Josh swerved and sent the vehicle flying off the cliff. He fell out of the car, went into armor-lockup, and plummeted to the ground. He watched as his last 2 marines died, before hitting the dirt below.
A pelican arrived and went searching for survivors. They found Josh laying on the ground, looking around at the sky. The sun was setting over his unmoving body, and all he could see was the Pelican land, and a team of medics carrying him into the back. He was sent to Earth, and watched as the covenant ships left The Ring to follow him.
Zeta Halo: Josh B-095
Hi there, congratulations on being the first to complete your story! You’re in a fantastic position here to go back and edit and ensure it’s exactly what you’d like.

I like to try and offer some feedback for everyone after their story.

Firstly, in response to your question - no unfortunately you can’t use the Master Chief or any other established Halo character within your story. This is to give your creation the chance to take the spotlight, rather than relying on established characters to support your story.

Now onto some feedback. You’ve made an incredible start, well done! I would look at the flow and pace of your story. It’s definitely packed with a lot, perhaps flesh out a few characters rather than adding more in.
UK1V wrote:
Zeta Halo: Josh B-095
Hi there, congratulations on being the first to complete your story! You’re in a fantastic position here to go back and edit and ensure it’s exactly what you’d like.

I like to try and offer some feedback for everyone after their story.

Firstly, in response to your question - no unfortunately you can’t use the Master Chief or any other established Halo character within your story. This is to give your creation the chance to take the spotlight, rather than relying on established characters to support your story.

Now onto some feedback. You’ve made an incredible start, well done! I would look at the flow and pace of your story. It’s definitely packed with a lot, perhaps flesh out a few characters rather than adding more in.
Ok, thank you for the feedback!
This really helps!
I know nothing about the Battle of Zeta Halo. Where can I find this?
I know nothing about the Battle of Zeta Halo. Where can I find this?
Go to halopedia.org (https://www.halopedia.org) and in the search bar (upper right hand corner) type “zeta halo”
It won’t tell you much about the battle, but it’ll tell you important information that can guide your story.
remember, original characters only!
Question, when does the writing contest end?

EDIT: never mind
Well another competition has ended, and let me tell you it was fiercely close this time round! It made my decision for a winner incredibly difficult, and my panel and I deliberated for hours on end with no respite. Alas a decision was made!

All jokes aside congratulations to GreatDane095!!! It just goes to show that sometimes all you need to do is enter to win!

Thank you for entering your story into the competition, it is a well deserved win! I will message you with your Infinite add on code in a private message within the next couple of days.

(apologies this message took so long to get out as where I live was put into an emergency lockdown due to the virus and it put me back a few days).
UK1V wrote:
Well another competition has ended, and let me tell you it was fiercely close this time round! It made my decision for a winner incredibly difficult, and my panel and I deliberated for hours on end with no respite. Alas a decision was made!

All jokes aside congratulations to GreatDane095!!! It just goes to show that sometimes all you need to do is enter to win!

Thank you for entering your story into the competition, it is a well deserved win! I will message you with your Infinite add on code in a private message within the next couple of days.

(apologies this message took so long to get out as where I live was put into an emergency lockdown due to the virus and it put me back a few days).
I won by default =)
UK1V wrote:
Well another competition has ended, and let me tell you it was fiercely close this time round! It made my decision for a winner incredibly difficult, and my panel and I deliberated for hours on end with no respite. Alas a decision was made!

All jokes aside congratulations to GreatDane095!!! It just goes to show that sometimes all you need to do is enter to win!

Thank you for entering your story into the competition, it is a well deserved win! I will message you with your Infinite add on code in a private message within the next couple of days.

(apologies this message took so long to get out as where I live was put into an emergency lockdown due to the virus and it put me back a few days).
I won by default =D
No you deserved it 100%

Feel free to enter the next competition I hold as well, which will go out in the next couple of days.