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Posted on Dec 17, 2013 in Electronic Games

Paradox Interactive Announces Short Story Contest

By Media Release

Armchair General received the media release below from Paradox Interactive. Sharpen your pencils—uh, fire up your computers, aspiring writers!

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Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise Launching on January 14

Rewrite History — Paradox Short Story Contest 2014 Announced

STOCKHOLM — December 12, 2013 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games and a ticket holder to paradise, today announced the release date for “Conquest of Paradise,” the first expansion to Europa Universalis IV created by Paradox Development Studio. The expansion, which challenges players to conquer the New World for their ever-expanding empires, will arrive for PC, Mac, and Linux on January 14, 2014. Conquest of Paradise will feature a completely randomized American continent for players to face, as well as Colonial Nations and Native American Nations, in the critically acclaimed empire-building game.


Paradox Short Story Contest 2014 – Rewrite History

To celebrate the new world being offered in Europa Universalis IV, Paradox has also announced Paradox Short Story Contest 2014, where fans can literally rewrite history. During 2014, Paradox Books will publish an alternate history anthology, featuring stories by a selection of authors including famed alternate history author Harry Turtledove. Players are now invited to submit their own short stories to the anthology. Three winners will be published in the collection and receive a hard copy signed by the Europa Universalis IV developers as well as a standard writer’s fee for their work. Not only that, the winners will receive the Paradox Collection, a bundle of over 50 games. The ambition of the Paradox Short Story Contest is to spread the word about the storytelling created by players in strategy games.

 To enter the contest:
• Write a short story (approximately 5,000 words) based on a pivotal event from history – with a different ending than the one which actually occurred.

  • The historical event must take place between 1444 and 1821 – the era of Europa Universalis IV.
  • Send submissions as attached documents to no later than January 31, 2014 and write Paradox Short Story Contest in the subject line; winners to be announced 28th of February.
  • For full details, please visit:

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