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Second Annual Dune Fan Fiction Contest (2011)

Following the success of the first contest last year, Hairy Ticks of Dune, in conjunction with Jacurutu, is proud to announce the Second Annual Dune Fan Fiction Contest. This contest, as an unofficial, unauthorized and completely fan-organized event, is dedicated to honoring and exploring the legacy of Frank Herbert as represented by his Dune books and stories.

No prizes of any sort will be awarded in connection with this contest.

Pic from NASA. Used without permission


Submissions should be fictional stories of between 500 and 7,500 words in length, written in English, never posted online before, and must be set within the Dune Universe as established by Frank Herbert in his six Dune novels and only in those books. Intentional references to characters or plot elements existing only in the officially sanctioned fan fiction by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are unacceptable and will result in the immediate disqualification of a submission. Submissions which directly attack or parody those two individuals by name will also be excluded from consideration.

Submission Method

Submissions should be sent as an email message containing styled text (please limit this to italics, boldface or underlining) to fanficcon at No file attachments, please. Each submission will be acknowledged by return email upon receipt and reposted anonymously, using an identifying number, in its own thread in a special area on the Jacurutu forum and on The Hoary Tales of Dune blog on this website.

Multiple submissions by the same author are permitted.

Submission Deadline

Submissions must be sent no later than Wednesday, 31 August 2011, 24:00 UTC.


Unlike last year's contest with its panel of judges, this year winners will be chosen by the membership of Jacurutu, as in the McDune Parody Contest held earlier this year.

Approximately one week after the submissions deadline, a special poll thread will be opened on to allow members to select the story or stories they most enjoyed. The poll will be open for approximately two weeks. Once closed, first-, second-, and third-place winners will be chosen simply on the basis of most votes received. (In the event of ties, the next submission down will be added until all three ranks are filled.)

Please address any inquiries regarding the contest by email to the address given above, or by PM to Talos Aquinas on