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Get ready for the holidays by entering the Christmas Story Contest
Write a Christmas story in any genre.
Maximum word count: 1500
Stories published anywhere other than your personal website or blog are ineligible. (That includes books, magazines, e-zines or other contests.)
Stories submitted for last year's contest are also ineligible.
Paste entire story into an e-mail. NO ATTACHMENTS, please.
In your e-mail, indicate whether or not you are a published author. "Published" is defined as someone paid you money (or comp copies in the case of magazines) for your story or book. (So either a publisher paid you, or you self-published and people bought your book.)
You may submit more than one story. Send each submission in a separate e-mail.
SUBMIT your story any time between now and Saturday, December 15th.
I will post the stories starting December 1st, in the order that they arrive.
VOTE between December 16th and December 19th.
There will be four winners: Readers Choice (Published authors), Readers Choice (Unpublished authors), Publisher's Choice (Published authors), and Publisher's Choice (Unpublished authors).
Publisher's Choice winners will be chosen based on quality of writing and uniqueness of story. You can vote by whatever criteria you want, just don't make it a popularity contest.
You MAY vote for yourself.
You may vote twice in each category: Published and Unpublished. You may only vote once per story. We're on the honor system here.
You may make all the comments you like, but VOTING COMMENTS must clearly indicate that it is a vote. (Ex: I'm voting for this one...)
I will post comments on stories and announce the winners on Friday, December 21st.
This contest is sponsored by and prizes provided by:
- Publisher's Choice, Published Author: Sorry, the Stork Takes No Returns by Claire Bowen
- Reader's Choice, Published Author: The Man from Shenandoah by Marsha Ward
- Publisher's Choice, Unpublished Author: Kindred Spirits by Christopher Bigelow
- Reader's Choice, Unpublished Author: Grasshopper Pie by Rebecca Talley
Please visit our sponsor bio page to learn more about the sponsoring books and authors.