Citizen’s Corner: Unofficial Short Story Contest

“The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.”
Mary Catherine Bateson

It is perhaps an understatement of galactic proportions to say that here on Tau Station, we love story. We all have a love of reading, of good fantasy and sci fi. Most of us are also storytellers in our own right, be it through the visual medium, that of words, games, or the lost art of holo-weaving.

It is with no small amount of pride, therefore, that we react to moments of our own Citizens and players picking up the figurative holo-quill and creating their own stories!

Today we’re showcasing one such fantastic event, Unofficial Tau Station Short Story Contest!

Many of our Citizens harbor a brilliant ember of creativity that burns through the darkness of the Black, bringing joy and hope to all. Indeed, it is the shared battle for survival that brightens this flame. Already we are working with Citizens on mission co-creations and soon more player driven content collaborations.

In the meantime, Tauverse Adventurers United have taken the brilliant initiative to launch a Short Story Contest for all Citizens of the Tau Station galaxy.

Some Parameters from the Contest Page.



  • Set in the Tau Station Universe
  • Length between 1,500 and 10,000 words (though we might allow outliers on either side at our own discretion)
  • It must thematically fit to one of the Tau Station festivities, including Emberfest, Reclamation Day, or Recycling Day (an unofficial celebration on the first day of a new cycle, where customarily gifts are sent to random strangers).
  • Age rating up to PG-16. Avoid explicit language and disturbing themes worthy of a content warning.

You may submit one short story, by doing the following:

  • Publish your story on your in-game blog
  • Send an in-game mail to moritz, with subject Short Story Submission, and a link to the blog entry in the body of the mail.


  • You can submit your short stories until 207.96/00:000 GCT, aka 2020-12-29 00:00 UTC
  • Voting will start as soon as all submissions have been processed, and will be open until 207.99/00:000 aka 2021-01-01 00:00 UTC
  • You will be able to vote for as many stories as you want, but limited to one vote per story.
  • Ties will be handled at the discretion of TAU Syndicate leadership.
  • The winners will be announced on 207.99 aka New Year 2021


More details can be found on the announcement page.