By Derek Lawrence
March 10, 2017 at 09:04 PM EST
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WeScreenplay got quite the surprise when it learned the identity of the runner-up of its recent Feature Contest. After judging all entries anonymously, the group discovered that placing second was Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card.

Upon reaching out to the 26 finalists in the contest to confirm they were qualified to win — meaning that over the last 18 months they hadn’t made over $35,000 from screenwriting — the process revealed Card to be behind the script MESA 1966.

“This presented us with a bit of a predicament,” WeScreenplay shared on its blog. “We contacted Mr. Card and he clarified that he entered the contest because he considered himself a novice screenwriter and he valued the two sets of notes that he got back from the anonymous judges, however he expressed that he did not want to detract from attention to other talented finalists.”

As a result, they decided to add a sixth winner to the contest, which named FORGED by Kenlon Clark and William Rubio as the grand prize-winning script.

Card is most known as the author behind Ender’s Game, the popular 1985 science fiction novel, that was adapted into a 2013 feature film starring Harrison Ford.

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