2010 Christmas

Thank you to everyone who submitted a story and to those who read them and commented and voted. We had 42 stories submitted this time. I think that’s a record!

I will make comments on each of these stories during the 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.

Drum roll, please. . .

Readers Choice Published Author Category: With Wondering Awe by Jennifer Carson Shelton

Publisher’s Choice Published Author Category: Slushballs by Janice Sperry

Readers Choice Unpublished Author Category: A Soldier’s Story by Amie Borst

Publisher’s Choice Unpublished Author Category: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh by Wendy Elliott

Remember, these four winners are guaranteed a spot in a future Christmas book. Others will be included, as well. I will notify all those whose stories will be included in the book via e-mail by the end of the month.

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Please read the voting instructions carefully before casting your vote.

Voting for LDSP’s 2010 Christmas Story Contest starts NOW!

VOTE between December 20th and midnight on Friday, December 24th.


Voting Info:

  1. There will be four winners:
    Readers Choice (Published authors)
    Readers Choice (Unpublished authors)
    Publisher’s Choice (Published authors)
    Publisher’s Choice (Unpublished authors).

  2. Publisher’s Choice winners will be judged on a variety of criteria, according to a point system. But it basically boils down to quality of writing, uniqueness of story and what I think will best sell a book.
  3. You can vote by whatever criteria you want, just don’t make it a popularity contest.
  4. You MAY vote for your own story. (In fact, you should. I am constantly amazed by the number of stories that receive no votes. What’s wrong with you people?)
  5. You may vote twice in each category: Published and Unpublished.

    Click HERE to read all stories by Published Authors. Vote for two.

    Click HERE to read all stories by Unpublished Authors. Vote for two.

    NOTE: There are 20 stories in the Unpublished Author category and 22 stories in the Published Author category. Due to the limitations of Blogger, they do not all show up on one page. After you’ve read the first batch, click the OLDER POSTS link at the bottom right below the last story to go to the next page of stories.

  6. To Place Your Vote: The word “VOTE” must appear in your comment. Leave a comment for the story your voting for with the words, I VOTE FOR THIS ONE or THIS ONE GETS MY VOTE or some other phrase that CLEARLY indicates you are voting. Comments that say, “I like this one…” will not be counted as a vote.

  7. You may make all the comments you like, but VOTING must contain the word VOTE.
  8. Anonymous votes count. We’re using the Honor System here and trusting that no one will over vote.

  9. AUTHORS: Please tell your friends that you’ve submitted a story and to come read and vote, but DO NOT tell them which story is yours. We want the stories to win on merit, not personal popularity.
  10. I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, December 28th.

[P.S. All comments on the stories and Voting Comments will enter you in the Monthly Comment Contest.]

[P.P.S. I won’t be posting this week. I’ll be very busy reading stories.]

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Christmas Story Contest Is Now Closed

December 19, 2010

The submission portion of the 2010 Christmas Story Contest is now over. We had 42 entries. That’s wonderful! Tomorrow morning at 7:00 A.M. (MST) sharp, I will post voting instructions. Please read these instructions carefully before casting your votes. Good luck to all those who submitted stories!

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42 Feeling like the Grinch

December 19, 2010

“My heart is not two sizes too small Connie.” Kaida yelled annoyed that her little sister could be so ridiculous. It was two days before Christmas and Kaida wasn’t quite feeling the Christmas spirit. “Mom I’m going to take the bus to the ski resort.” She called right as she was about to walk out […]

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41 The Christmas Mouse

December 19, 2010

‘Twas a few days before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for one blasted mouse. J.D next to me snores his peaceful sleep, the sleep of hard work. The children are nestled all snug in their beds, unaware of the havoc that one wretched little creature wreaks on my […]

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40 Christmas Stash

December 18, 2010

“But why would Jeremy’s boss do such a thing?” Mom shook her head. “Oh, it’s simple,” Claire said as she pinned up another section of the garland. “Eat and be eaten, you know,” she gave a significant nod, her eyebrows arched high. “But will he really be able to find a new position?” Mom insisted. […]

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39 The Legend of the Broken Candy Cane

December 18, 2010

As you may know, the Christmas candy cane represents the staff of the shepherds who visited the baby Jesus when He was born. What has not yet been explained is the reason that some candy canes are broken. . . There was once a shepherd named Eleazar. He was not very old, but he was […]

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38 The Gutierrez Girls Save Christmas

December 18, 2010

It was a typical Thursday in December. Typical, except for the fact that tomorrow will be Christmas Eve. Lea and Heneka, The Gutierrez Girls, were busy doing their homework, Aunt Silvia was cooking dinner, Chimichanga, their pet burro, and Churro, their giant puppy dog, were playing tug-of- war over an old sock. Uncle Jesse and […]

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37 Reindeer Poison

December 18, 2010

It was the Christmas Grandma and Grandpa were in the Philippines on their mission. Instead of going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for the holidays, Uncle Grant drove down from school to our house. I idolized Uncle Grant. Everything he did, I did. Everything he said, I repeated five minutes later. Every joke he told, […]

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36 The Lone Airman

December 18, 2010

Man, I haven’t seen these guys in years. It’s gonna be great to finally get back together with ’em; it’s been nearly 13 years since we were out there, flying air superiority missions over Russia. I pulled into the parking lot and put on my winter coat. It was that time of the year again, […]

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35 A Soldier’s Story

December 18, 2010

On a cold Christmas night, a mother sat alone in a hospital room holding her newborn son. She rocked the infant in her arms. “I’d sing you a lullaby, my love, if I had a song.” The mother stroked the face of her baby. “But my voice is weak and I have no rhythm.” She […]

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34 Dauphine the Christmas Doe

December 18, 2010

Now you have all heard the story about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the biggest misfit in all the North Pole, who managed to find his place when he saved Christmas by leading Santa’s sleigh through a terrible blizzard. There is a lesser known story however, about Rudolph’s granddoe, Dauphine, a misfit just like him. You […]

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33 All I Want For Christma

December 18, 2010

The song playing on the radio felt like a heavy brass bell in my heart. “All I want for Christmas, is you…baby.” Right, I thought, weaving through the busy holiday traffic, heading toward my apartment. I was spending Christmas alone this year, with my roommate jumping ship to fly home and be with her family. […]

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32 Satan is Bringing me Little Pieces of Coal this Year

December 18, 2010

It takes a lot to surprise me and even more to leave me speechless. I can honestly tell you ‘silent stupor’ is written across my forehead and I’ve been scratching my head trying to remove it and establish reason to what I have just witnessed. Where do I begin this story…I’m not sure when the […]

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