Contests

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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09 Daryl’s Dear Dog

December 8, 2012

The spiraling lights were clinging to the tree branches, flashing along to a silent rhythm. Daryl, celebrating his sixth Christmas, was crouched on the floor, chomping away on every piece of candy pulled from his stocking. “Did you get everything you wanted?” his mom asked as she tossed crumpled wrapping paperinto stray garbage bags. “No,” […]

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08 Missing Santa

December 7, 2012

Irene W. Smoot was the oldest member of the Spring Valley Ward. That was a fact. Everyone knew it. She lived in the same window-filled house on Spring Valley hill that her husband, Earnest Smoot, God rest his weary soul, had built with his own hands fifty years before. She always arrived at church exactly […]

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07 Snow Angels

December 7, 2012

Lezlie Anderson’s short story, Snow Angels, is being published by Cedar Fort in October 2014. In accordance with their request, I have removed it from this site. Congratulations Lezlie!

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06 Christmas Valentine

December 6, 2012

There was nothing extraordinary about Christmas Valentine—except for the fact that she was about as white as you could get without being diagnosed as an albino. Her skin was so pale you could almost see all the way through it. Christmas always showed a blush of baby-petal pink in her cheeks, and the skin beneath […]

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05 The Candy Cane Carnation

December 6, 2012

In Memory Of My Father, Ernest J. Orgar Sr. The little boy heard the door slam and his father’s heavy footsteps thud through the living room into the kitchen. “What you mean my supper ain’t ready?  Fool!  You know I like a hot dinner when I get home!”  The boy shuddered up in his bedroom […]

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04 Black Socks

December 5, 2012

Jarvis trudged through the snow with a scowl, thinking about how much he hated Chrismas. As he neared the shopping center, he tried to remember what was on his blasted Chrismas list . . .  Ah yes, some black socks. Well, now was a good time for new socks, that much at least was true. […]

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03 We Need A Little Christmas

December 5, 2012

“I wish ya didn’t have to get a job, is all.” “It’s all right, Dad, I don’t mind. I wanna help. Besides, we gotta think a Mikey.” Ellen Johnson looked at her over-sized brother, sitting on the living room floor. Humming tunelessly and rocking a bit, he was assembling their vacuum cleaner, again. He was […]

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02 The Prodigal Soldier

December 4, 2012

It was mid-afternoon, and the sunlight shone through the small window of my hospital room in the burn unit at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. I don’t know how long I had been there, but I guess it had been three or four days since the accident. My left hand was intact, or somewhat intact, with […]

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01 Homeless Holiday

December 4, 2012

I looked out of the bookstore window and couldn’t see across the street anymore. Snow was coming down harder now, the white flakes thicker than they were just fifteen minutes ago. I shivered and trudged back behind the counter. Checking the time on my cell phone, I sighed when I realized I still had another […]

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2012 Christmas Story Posts Start Today

December 4, 2012
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We had a total of 26 shorts stories submitted to the Christmas Story Contest this year. Six were disqualified. One was over the word count limit; one was sent in outside the submission dates; one was posted as a comment; and three were inappropriate for this contest. Of the remaining 20 stories, 12 were submitted […]

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Contest Submissions Closed

December 1, 2012

The 2012 LDS Publisher Story Contest is now closed. Stories for this year’s contest will start posting on Tuesday, December 4th. Voting will begin December 17th.   Want to start on your story for next year’s contest?? Here are the guidelines.

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