2012 Christmas

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Before I announce the winners, a BIG thank you to those who voted and left comments for the stories. It’s a lot of work to read through 20 stories and I appreciate your efforts.

And now for the winners…

Like last year, we’re starting off with a tie in the first category. Both stories received the same number of votes.

Readers’ Choice—Published Author Category
We Need A Little Christmas
by Jane McBride


by Jennifer Ricks

Publisher’s Choice—Published Author Category
Homeless Holiday
by Kasey Eyre

Readers’ Choice—Unpublished Author Category
Snow Angels
by Lezlie Anderson

Publisher’s Choice—Unpublished Author Category
Missing Santa
by Rachel Kirkaldie



I commend each of you who submitted stories on your commitment to writing and your courage in submitting your story for public review. Way to go!

Each story will receive a critique sent to the email address used to submit the story. However, due to the apocalypse I mentioned earlier this morning, it may take a few weeks to get them all done.

Authors of non-winning stories, if you’d like me to add your name to your story post, please send me an email. I’ll also link to your blog or website if you want.

We’ll be doing this again next year so start thinking of story lines now! Submissions for the 2013 Christmas Story Contest will open on November 1st. Guidelines for the contest are posted HERE.

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Last Day to Vote!

December 19, 2012 · 1 comment

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Today is the last day to vote in the 2012 Christmas Story Contest.

Voting ends at midnight tonight, Mountain Time.

Instructions for how to vote are found HERE. Read them!

Note to voters: If reading all these stories is overwhelming to you, just read the first few paragraphs of each one. If it doesn’t grab you, move on to the next one. That’s perfectly acceptable. Quality writing and good stories will intrigue you from the first paragraph on.

Also, yes, you can vote anonymously, if you’re worried about hurting feelings. Just type “anonymous” in the Name field. Yes, you do have to put in your email address, but only I will see it and I promise never to tell. Just note: your anonymous comment may not appear right away. I’ll have to approve it first.

Note to authors: This always amazes me to the point of stuttering—not all of you have voted! In fact, from what I can tell, most of you haven’t. What are you thinking? If you submitted a story, go vote for it! And for other stories, as well.

And spread the word all over Facebook and Twitter! C’mon, authors! If you aren’t behind your writing 100%, then you’ll never make it as a published/publishable author.

Incentive: If you, author or voter, help spread the word about our contest today on any blog or social media site, you can be entered to win Checkin’ It Twice or Stolen Christmas (ebooks). Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

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To add this form to your blog or website, click on this link, then follow the instructions to add it to your site:

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2012 Christmas Story Voting Instructions

December 17, 2012
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Please read the voting instructions carefully before casting your votes. Voting for LDSP’s 2012 Christmas Story Contest starts NOW! VOTE between Monday, December 17 and midnight (Mountain) on Wednesday, December 19th.**   Voting Info: There will be four winners: Readers Choice (Published authors) Readers Choice (Unpublished authors) Publisher’s Choice (Published authors) Publisher’s Choice (Unpublished authors).  […]

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20 Nepotism

December 14, 2012

“And you are, um—” the secretary scanned her appointment book. “Rachael, 7:10, here,” Rachael pointed to her name, trying hard to look casual while placing her finger over her last name. Behind her, a wall clock chimed the hour. “Y-es, I see,” Molly Frampton, according to the gold nameplate on her desk, said. “Well, they’ll […]

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19 An Unlit Fire

December 14, 2012

Nancy had never felt more awkward in her life. She blinked and looked from the closed living room door, to the bedroom door, and then back to the living room door again. Slowly she felt her senses turn back on. Her hands felt wet. She looked down and saw that she was still holding a […]

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18 A Stony Hill Christmas

December 13, 2012

Things like this only happened in the movies; or so I thought.  It turns out, some of the ridiculous scenes in Christmas films do happen.   Only, I didn’t wake up in a big Victorian with my beautiful wife resting by my side.  There weren’t two mischievous, yet extremely charming children, slumbering down the hall.  There […]

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17 Stan the Snow Elf

December 13, 2012

There are all sorts of elves in the world. There are toy-maker elves, there are shoe-maker elves, there are cookie maker elves, and there are even mean, trouble-maker elves. Impellakrykustenapo was a snow elf, with a typical snow elf name, but his friends called him Stan. Deep underground, where it stays cold all year, Stan […]

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16 David’s Rose

December 12, 2012

Stopping only to retrieve a shovel, David carried his wife’s body out to the circle of rosebushes she had tended so lovingly in life. The snow had fallen thick, coating the land, and even now flurries danced around them. He knelt in center of the bushes, laying his wife gently on the snow. A tear […]

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15 Grandpa’s Last Christmas

December 12, 2012

“It’s snowing!” Russell’s face pressed against the window framing his image to the frosted glass. “Looks like we’ll have a white Christmas,” his father said. “Are we going to grandpa’s for Christmas, dad?” Russell asked. Russell’s grandpa had been sick for awhile and this would most likely be his last Christmas. Grandpa lived by himself […]

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14 A Grandfather’s Love

December 11, 2012

“Mommy?” asked the little green-eyed girl with long piggy-tails, “Why don’t Grandpa and Grandma Smith love us?” “What do you mean, honey? Of course they love you; they’ll be on their way to visit us in a few days.” “Really?” Ann’s eyes sparkled with happiness. “They’re really coming for Christmas? They’ve never come before! Yeah!!” […]

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13 Cardboard Christmas

December 11, 2012

by Teresa G. Osgood Lisa reached into the back corner of the closet. She stood on her toes and tugged with her fingers, and finally the box came free. She carefully pulled it out and stepped down from the chair. The last box. She hoped it was the one she wanted. As she set it […]

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12 Rollier than Thou

December 10, 2012

Erin held her breath, rolled toward the wall, and, at the last moment, pivoted backward and skidded to a halt on her toestops. The team cheered, and Chelle skated toward her. Chelle served as coach, manager and head cheerleader, and skated as Michelle O-Bomb-Ya. “See? You never forget!” she said. “Just like riding a bike.” […]

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11 Mr. Berlin’s Merry Christmas

December 10, 2012

The Christmas Fair Committee met after school that day.  “So, we have just about everything ready, except for someone to play Santa,”  said Mrs. Kramer, the advisor.  “Any ideas, folks?” Jackie snorted and glared over at Steve, the biggest guy in the school.  “How about Steve?”  she asked derisively. Steve almost choked on his Twinkie.  […]

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10 Hark!

December 8, 2012

It was definitely going to be the weirdest Christmas ever. I was seventeen, and this should have been my last Christmas as a kid, my last chance to ask for video games without worrying about being responsible, but it wasn’t. Okay, backing up a little. So I was seventeen and a senior. Cool, right? Well, […]

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