As with last year, Publisher's Choice winners were selected based on originality, how well it captured the spirit of the season, and how close it was to publication quality. I will make comments on each of these stories during this week, giving you my opinion on what was done well and what needed a little more polish. If you're not a winner and you'd like to take credit for your story, you may do so in the comments section.
Readers Choice Published Author Category: Christmas Story #9—Too Old for Santa by Janice Sperry
Publisher's Choice Published Author Category: Christmas Story #21—A Real Baby in the Manger by Christine Thackeray
Readers Choice Unpublished Author Category: Christmas Story #11—A Lesson for Sylvester by Lori Labrum
It was hard for me to select a winner in the Unpublished Author category. In my opinion, while many of them were very close, none of them were quite ready for publication. All would need a little more tweaking. There were four that I felt had a lot of potential: #4 Cricket's Gift, #7 The Choir Practice, #10 Untitled (The Animals Knew) and #13 Santa's Gift Card. But I could only choose one as a winner. . .
Publisher's Choice Unpublished Author Category:
Christmas Story #10—Untitled (The Animals Knew) by Rachel Jensen
Winners, please send me an e-mail with your mailing address ASAP.
And thanks again to the Christmas Story Contest Sponsors.