Create a Coven Contest Winners!


A little while back, I held a con­test to give away 2 copies of the FORTRESS FRONTIER ARC. The con­test rules were to create and name a new SHADOW OPS uni­verse Coven, based on some prose from CONTROL POINT. To be honest, I really didn’t expect that much of a response.

Boy, was I wrong.

Over 20 entries later, I am amazed at how much cre­ative effort has gone into cre­ating amazing new Covens. I’ve said before that one of the most grat­i­fying things about writing is seeing my art inspiring others, and this is that expe­ri­ence writ large. Thanks to all who entered. I had a really hard time picking my two win­ners and put it off as long as I could, but in the end, I had to make my choices:

Winner #1 is Mike, whose Tredici Coven (C13-T) is a really clever play on the idea of luck in war.

Mike D’s win­ning entry for C-13T — Tredici Coven

Winner #2 is Logan, whose Arc­turus Coven (C20-A) is a nod to the guardian role of the brightest star in the Boötes constellation.

Logan’s win­ning entry for C20-A — Arc­turus Coven

So. Incred­ibly. Awe­some. I’ll con­tact the win­ners by email.

There were so many amazing entries, and there are a few that I want to point out in par­tic­ular. I wish I could post them all, but I’ve got server space lim­i­ta­tions to con­tend with. Suf­fice to say I’ve been over­whelmed with amazing entries, and I am so so so thrilled with the effort everyone put in.

Here are the hon­or­able mentions:

Lauren, with C18-V — Virgo Coven, an irrev­erent take on a con­stel­la­tion and a number:

Lauren’s entry: C18-V — Virgo Coven

Pete, with C21-C — Cra­teris Coven. Sure, he went out­side the spec­i­fied num­bers, but that’s what makes it work.

Pete’s entry: C21-C — Cra­teris Coven

Ward, with C13-I — Infaust Coven. Another clever play on the luck idea.

Ward’s entry: C13-I — Infaust Coven

And Doug, with C12-B — Bard Coven, a cool nod to Shake­speare with a hand drawn patch to go with it.

Doug’s entry: C12-B — Bard Coven

Once again, I’m blown away by all the cre­ativity you put into this. I wish I had ARCs to give everyone. Thanks so much for entering!

If you’re a book reviewer with a reg­is­tered Net­Galley address, you can email my pub­li­cist at brad.brownson {at} us.penguingroup(.)com to get an eCopy of the ARC for FORTRESS FRONTIER. We are asking that all reviews be held until after Jan­uary 1st 2013. Thanks for your patience!

The only problem with having such a suc­cessful con­test is how to top it. I’m going to have to think long and hard on the next one. Feel free to shoot me ideas!