2021 Book Blog Fanfiction Contest Results

Thank you to all who participated in our first ever Book Blog Fanfiction Contest! Our team greatly enjoyed reading all the entries, and we were so impressed by all the talent. If you’d like to check out any of the works, please scroll to the end of the post!

Awards

Without further ado, here are our winners and Honorable Mentions:

First Place: kaimós by John Doe (“The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel”)

Second Place: Knight or Sovereign by Emma A. and Sophia G. (18th-20th Century Philosophers)

Honorable Mention for Best Aesthetic: Boys Do Fall in Love by GM (Dream SMP)

Honorable Mention for Best Monologue Retelling: Horatio by Lily (Hamlet)

Honorable Mention for Most Likely to be Misconstrued as Canon: A Detailed History Of One Herman Melville by Kit M. (“Bungou Stray Dogs”)

Honorable Mention for Best Portrayal of a Platonic Relationship: Kindred Spirit by GM (Dream SMP)

Honorable Mention for Best Use of Second Person POV and Fantasy World Description: Marcy’s Rumination by vithe (“Amphibia”)

Honorable Mention for Most Likely to Induce Waterfalls in the Middle of the Night: deus-excellion by John Doe (“The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel”)

Honorable Mention for Best Cliffhanger: Original Work by Jacob F. (“All That You Love Will Be Carried Away” by Stephen King)

Submissions

Here are all the fanfiction submissions that you can check out, with comments from our judging team. Happy reading!

kaimós by John Doe (“The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel”)

“I have no words. I literally have no words. I consider myself well-versed in fanfiction, as I have seen all kinds, but this. This was gorgeously written.”

Knight or Sovereign by Emma A. and Sophia G. (18th-20th Century Philosophers)

“With the dedication to Akshay, I knew that this was going to be a wild ride. And it truly was. The structure was perfect. I loved the choose-your-own-adventure style story. The narration was great (funny + intellectual + pretentious).”

“I just have to say there was one metaphor about marshmallows melting in hot chocolate and fleeting innocence in this world that was exquisite.”

The Pixels of Dorian Gray by Sophia G. (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

“I liked the new take on the story, and how they changed the ending. I also thought the time skips were done well.”

Marcy’s Rumination by vithe (“Amphibia”)

“Super fun writing style, made the setting and description seem much more mature/thrilling/higher stakes. I normally don’t like second person POV, but this one did it really well and made me feel like I was part of the mystical Amphibia world (a more adult version of it compared to the cartoon original). Overall, SUPER well written and beautiful descriptions.”

deus-excellion by John Doe (“The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel”):

“I thought the fanfic did justice to the characters, the language was very descriptive and original (no clichés and I could imagine myself being right there in the scene) and the story read dramatically.”

“The characterization especially was amazing.”

Original Work by Christina R. (The Mummy)

“Funny characterization, a very sad look on Evelyn’s life after adventure. Makes her seem not so much the hero anymore and in a downward trajectory from glory.”

A Detailed History Of One Herman Melville by Kit M. (“Bungou Stray Dogs”)

“Descriptive, poetic writing. It flows nicely and fits well with canon (it’s a backstory for a character and his power that makes sense)”

Original Work by Jacob F. (“All That You Love Will Be Carried Away”)

“I really liked the ending of this and just the story overall.”

Horatio by Lily (Hamlet)

“This is a really interesting take on Hamlet which considers Horatio as a lover of the titular character.”

Regret is Stronger Than Gratitude by GM (Dream SMP)

“Nice writing, and I think the characterization was well-done.”

“Deep/philosophical based fanfiction. Enjoyed the writing style and imagery.”

Tower Green by GM (Dream SMP)

“The opening sentence hooked me in.”

Boys Do Fall in Love by GM (Dream SMP)

“This was really, really cute. It was nice to see some other background relationships, too; overall, this story is full of sweetness and fluff.”

“Most likely to give me a cavity. Enough said.”

Healing Pains by GM (Dream SMP)

“Really interesting deviation from canon.”

Kindred Spirit by GM (Dream SMP)

“Damn, this was really good. I really enjoyed the AU. I honestly loved the bonding and George’s growing attachment to Dream was so angsty and it was wonderful.”

Dandelions and Blue Poppies by GM (Dream SMP)

“I loved the setting and overall concept, and the portrayal of Sapnap was so accurate.”

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