Enlarge / “I’m sure you can think of something to write about,” Ryder said, patting Vetra’s forearm.
The writing contest has one day left! We’re re-surfacing this post to make sure that everyone who might want to enter gets a chance to see it.

Entries will be accepted until 23:59 US Central Daylight Time on Thursday, 13 April.
The five-year wait for a new Mass Effect title has ended, and Andromeda is here. We’ve put our thoughts about the game into a preliminary review, and we’ll have more to say in a week or two after we’re done fully exploring the game and mentally digesting the stories it has to tell.

But as part of the review process, Electronic Arts and BioWare not only provided Ars with an expiring review copy of the game, but also an Origin code good for one standard edition of Mass Effect: Andromeda—and a remote-controlled Nomad vehicle, too! Since we already bought our own retail copies of Andromeda, and since we don’t keep expensive promotional items, we figured the best thing to do with these goodies would be to set up a simple contest to give them away to you fine folks!

The MASSive Mass Effect: Andromeda writing contestThe limited edition remote-controlled Nomad you could win if you enter this contest! (credit: BioWare)

The game’s the thing
Here’s the dealy-o, faithful readers: if you’d like this copy of Mass Effect: Andromeda and this RC Nomad to be yours, we’re going to make you work for it.
Specifically, you need to write a short story (500 words max) set somewhere and sometime in the Mass Effect universe. Where and when is up to you—it could be during the original trilogy, or during Andromeda, or anywhere else along the timeline.
It could be about the time you were an itinerant dance instructor and you met up with Commander Shepard to try to finally teach him or her the right moves; it could be a noir-themed Sam Spade-esque look at the Citadel from the perspective of a burned-out C-Sec cop; it could be a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead-style comic existentialist peek behind the scenes of life on the Normandy as Shepard and crew flit around the galaxy.
It could be anything, as long as it’s at least mostly work-safe. No 500-word descriptions of asari tentacle porn, please (but speaking of asari, a 500-word flash fic called “Asari, Not Sorry” about an asari debt collector in the Citadel Wards would be pretty awesome).
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