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The Top Sims Contest allows members of our fleet to be recognized by their peers for superior writing ability. Unlike the Writing Challenge, this contest allows only sims that have been used in a current plot to be considered. Sims are nominated for consideration to the Top Sims Contest forum and then voted on by a panel of judges and the UFOP membership at large in a series of rounds and sets, culminating in the selection of the final Top Sim of the Year.

Contest Structure

The contest consists of four sets of rounds. Each round submission period lasts two weeks. The Top Sims Contest Judges select the Top Sim Round Winner (earning that member the Top Sim Round Winner Badge). Then, the membership at large votes among the round winners of a set to select the Top Sim Set Winner (earning that member the Top Sim Set Winner Badge). After the winner of the fourth set is selected, the membership at large then votes in a final run-off of all four set winners to select the Top Sim of the Year (earning that member the Top Sim of the Year Badge).


Members can earn the following badges by participating in the contest:

  • Top Sim of the Year: Presented to the individual whose sim is voted as the top sim in a Contest year.
  • Top Sim Set Winner: Presented to the individual whose sim is voted as the top sim in a Contest set.
  • Top Sim Round Winner: Presented to the individual whose sim is voted as the top sim in a Contest round.
  • Top Sim Judge: Presented to an individual who completes their requirements as a ship judge for the Contest.
  • Top Sim Nominator: Presented to an individual who identifies themselves to the Contest facilitator as having nominated a sim in 8 discrete Rounds during a Contest year.
Top Sim of the Year
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Top Sim Set Winner
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Top Sim Round Winner
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Top Sim Judge
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Top Sim Nominator
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Submission Guidelines

  • You can submit ANY sim -- from your ship, or another ship. You can submit your own sims if you wish. All sims are welcome, including staff (Captain, First Officer, etc.) sims.
  • The sim must be written with good spelling, good grammar, and be in the correct format. Poorly structured sims will be disqualified.
  • When a sim is submitted, it must have been created within the current submission period, or the previously lapsed submission period. Put another way: do not sims which are any older than a month.
  • Submitted sims may not have any open dialogue tags. (i.e.: [respond here]) All dialogue in the sim must be filled in. (Just find the responding author's sim and fill in the blanks.)
  • Sims must not include any "canon" characters. (i.e.- no characters who have appeared onscreen.)
  • Please find a balance between nominating too many, or too few sims. Don't submit every good sim -- instead, post every great sim!

Encourage your fellow crew-mates to submit at least a few sims a year. If you want your crew-mates to win more, you have to nominate the best sims, and encourage others to write higher quality sims!

How to Submit a Sim

  • First: Click the "Start New Topic" button. The format of the topic title should be as follows: "Character - Sim Title"
    • For example: "LtJG Tristan Wolf - Everywhere you go, there you are"
    • Note: Please do not clutter the topic title with an endless list of NPC or PNPC names or "JP" designations. Instead, simply include the primary character's rank and name. If it's a joint post, just include both rank and names -- no need to include the "JP" in there.
  • Second: Choose from the "Topic Prefix" box the correct round number. (To check what round we're currently in, see the contest calendar below.)
  • Third: Copy into the message box the complete sim. You don't need to worry about column width.

Check to make sure that the sim is readable. You can click the "Edit" button to fix any issues, but don't delay -- you'll be barred from editing the post after 60 minutes.

Commenting on a Sim

Everyone is welcome to comment on submitted sims. If you're going to provide constructive criticism, you are required to employ the "hamburger" criticism method: first, mention something you like; second, something you didn't like; third, something else you liked. If you just want to provide praise, no hamburger method required!

Commenters who are rude, unfair, or overzealous in their commenting will be barred from future comments in the contest forum, and will have their actions brought to the attention of their CO.

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