12/22/08

2008 Christmas Story Contest Winners

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Readers Choice Unpublished Author Category: Christmas Story #11—A Lesson for Sylvester by Lori Labrum



It was hard for me to select a winner in the Unpublished Author category.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Publisher's Choice Unpublished Author Category: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.

3 comments:

Melanie Goldmund said...

Congratulations, Janice, Christine, Lori, and Rachel!

Joyce DiPastena said...

I just want to say what a great idea this Christmas story contest was! I didn't win, and to be honest, I didn't expect to, but it gave me a writing goal that I sorely needed--write something and submit it, no matter how small--and for that, I'm very grateful. Thank you, LDSP, for the little push I needed to keep working on my writing skills, even over the busy holiday season!

Anne Bradshaw. said...

Congratulations, winners! Sound like great stories.

By the way, there's a new book contest running on my blog today, in case you're interested. It's a good one :-)