november, 2019

02nov1:00 am1:00 amFeaturedWeird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest (2nd Annual)USA Entry Fee: Free
Max word count: 350
Top Prize: $50

Event Details

Summer’s about to start, so let’s talk about Christmas! Christmas stories, to be exact. This will be the 2nd annual Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest. You can see the results from last year’s contest here. I’m starting this one VERY early because I made the mistake of trying to get everything done in a couple of weeks during the season last time. This go around, tho, we’re planning ahead!

The general guidelines:

First, it should be weird or strange or odd. It can be “Haha!” weird or “Oh, Jesus, no!” weird. It can be genre (sf, fantasy, horror/weird, bizarro, etc.) or it can just be off-kilter. Sentimental is fine, but it better be sentimental in a way that leaves me feeling…uncomfortable. As long as it’s something about the holidays that we aren’t expecting, it fits.

Second, it must be related to any winter holiday (Christmas, Hannukha, Kwanza, solstice celebrations, “Yule,” etc.). You can include other holidays like Halloween or Easter, but it has to still have some strong connection to the winter season’s celebrations.

Third, and this is new: try to avoid “evil Santa” stories. At least 1/4 of the submissions I got last time had “Monster Santa” or “Cthulhu Santa” or “Diabolical Santa.” That’s fun, but unless you have a REALLY original take on the idea, I’m gonna say the idea’s played itself out.

Fourth, a tease: I’d love to collect and publish all of these after another round or two, and I started looking into it. So keep in mind that it might be more than just a random online contest somewhere down the line…

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