Christmas in August?
No, no! Easy … easy. Don’t get your panties in a twist. Christmas is coming, and we have to plan for these things, you know?
Presents, decorations, contests … . There! I said it. We’re going to have a story and a poetry contest for Christmas. Well, really for Thanksgiving, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
Here’s the skinny. We’re going to pay $100.00 for the best Christmas Story entered in Page & Spine’s first annual Christmas Story Contest. And we’re going to pay another $100.00 for the best Christmas Poem entered in Page & Spine’s first annual Christmas Poem Contest.
Now, because we only want serious entries (and because our judges could only get part-time jobs as Santa’s elves this year) we’re going to ask that each entry be accompanied by a $5 reading fee paid via PayPal. You know you’ve been meaning to set up that PayPal account anyway, so now’s a good excuse. You can enter as many times as you wish, but each entry requires another $5 fee. Hey! Quit complaining. You know what Wassail goes for these days?
Here’s the complete run-down with dates and everything:
Page & Spine’s First-Ever Annual Christmas Story and Christmas Poetry Contests:
Grand Prize - $100.00 and publication in our December 19th Christmas issue.
Rules – Contestants must be 18 years of age or older and may not be a member of, nor related to, P&S’s staff. You may enter as many times as you like, but each entry must be accompanied by a $5 reading fee paid via PayPal to the following account: firstname.lastname@example.org . That's our regular submissions address, so there shouldn't be any confusion. Until we receive your fee, we won’t add your entry to the file. We’ll confirm receipt of both your story and fee by return email the morning after we receive them, so make sure you add your name and the title of your entry and which contest your entry is for to your PayPal message. We’ll refuse payments and entries we can’t match up, so please make this easy for us.
Stories – (Subject Line: Story Contest: Title - Author) are limited to 2500 words and must have something to do with Christmas.
Poems – (Subject Line: Poetry Contest: Title - Author) are limited to 1000 words and may be any style. They, too, must have something to do with Christmas.
Deadline for both contests is midnight (EST) November 28th. Winners will be announced December 12th and will be published (and paid) December 26th.
So there you have it. Judging will be done by P&S staff, and the decisions of the judges will be final. There will only be one winner per contest.