2008 Christmas Story Contest
Get ready for the holidays by entering the Christmas Story Contest
Write a Christmas story in any genre. Stories should be positive and family friendly. I reserve the right to refuse any story I deem inappropriate for this blog.
Maximum word count: 2000; no minimum.
Stories published anywhere other than your personal website or blog are ineligible. (That includes books, magazines, e-zines or other contests.)
Stories submitted for previous years' 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 13th.
I will post the stories starting December 1st, in the order that they arrive.
VOTE between December 14th and December 20th.
There will be four winners: Readers Choice (Published authors), Readers Choice (Unpublished authors), Publisher's Choice (Published authors), and Publisher's Choice (Unpublished authors).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You may vote twice in each category: Published and Unpublished.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 19th.
I need FOUR prizes for this contest. I'd prefer that they be Christmas-related books. Prize sponsors will have a listing on a bio post and will display in the sidebar, like the monthly sponsors do. If you want to sponsor this contest, please make that clear when you e-mail me. I will need photos of the author(s), book cover, author bio info, a link to author website and/or blog, and a link to where the book may be purchased online.
Help spread the word! Post about the contest on your blog, in your forums, and e-mail all your friends.