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November 1, 2012


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Vintage Christmas Short Story Contest

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 1, 2012, 5:23 AM
:new: Officially, this contest is now closed, but I've given the green light to a late entry or two. If you still want to enter and need another day or so to finish up, please let me know if you haven't already. For the rest of you, closed! Judging is already in progress, and I hope to announce the results on Christmas Eve.

:holly: Entry Gallery

Come on, people! The deadline is TOMORROW and I only have two entries. Let's get the rest in! Please be aware that if they're a bit past the deadline, it won't matter. Just get them done as soon as you can. We don't want this contest to be a flop, now do we?

Halloween is over, and for many of us, that can only mean one thing: time to get excited about Christmas! Let us begin with a few definitions from good old

9. representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies.
10. old-fashioned or obsolete: vintage jokes.
11. being the best of its kind: They praised the play as vintage O'Neill.

(If you don't know what Christmas means, I suggest you look it up yourself.) :santa:

The Contest

To put it simply, this contest is open to short prose fiction that fits the theme of Vintage Christmas.

To go into a little more depth, this could mean a number of things. We all know, for example, that nobody did Christmas like the Victorians, so perhaps a little Dickens or Alcott homage is in order. We also know that Christmas is better the younger you are, and any writer who can recapture that magic will surely bring joy to all of us. Then there's the first ever Christmas, told countless times by Hollywood, casts of schoolchildren and, of course, the original Luke and Matthew. We can all call to mind some traditional carols, and visualise a traditional Christmas card: snowmen, robins, candles, holly; presents wrapped in red ribbon; Father Christmas (or your preferred name for him) plus reindeer; a curious kitten batting at a shiny bauble... Old-fasioned Christmases are the best!

Then, of course, there are all the other millions of ideas that you may think of. Please interpret the theme however you see fit. I know that the theme in itself isn't very multi-cultural. Whilst I don't wish to sound paranoid about what this may make some people think of me, I do wish to stress that everyone is welcome, and I'll be glad to see stories exploring other faiths and festivals alongside the Christmas theme.

:holly: This contest is open to prose fiction only. No fanfiction, please (note: for this contest, fanfiction does not include homage to texts which are out of copyright; such entries are acceptable).
:holly: Please submit your story to the appropriate gallery, in accordance with dA's submission rules, and then send a link to me via note, making it clear that you are entering my Vintage Christmas Contest.
:holly: The deadline for this contest is Monday 17th December, 2012, hopefully to be judged in time for Christmas Eve.
:holly: Judges are encouraged to start judging as soon as entries appear in the contest entry gallery, so please make sure your story is quite ready before you enter it.
:holly: To help us get the judging done on time, I must ask that your story doesn't trickle too far over 3,000 words.
:holly: Finally, don't be anxious and feel that you need to ask me a lot of questions. If you enter with a short story written in English (as per my own limitations), and you can explain (if necessary) how it fits the theme, it will be welcomed into the contest. (That being said, if you do have a question, don't hesitate to ask.)




To claim some of these prizes, you'll have to be comfortable with giving donors your home address. But you know they're not going to do anything untoward with it, I'm sure.

First Place
:holly: 800 :points: from ThornyEnglishRose.
:holly: 400 :points: courtesy of thorns, via me.
:holly: A copy of Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, from Lucy-Merriman.
:holly: Christmas presents from TheSkaBoss.

Second Place
:holly: 400 :points: from ThornyEnglishRose.
:holly: 300 :points: courtesy of thorns, via me.
:holly: A copy of Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris, from Lucy-Merriman.
:holly: Christmas presents from TheSkaBoss.

Third Place
:holly: 200 :points: from ThornyEnglishRose.
:holly: 100 :points: courtesy of thorns, via me.
:holly: A copy of The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown, from Lucy-Merriman.
:holly: Christmas presents from TheSkaBoss.

I currently have a donation pool open, to go towards prizes and judge appreciation. If you'd like to donate, please go to my main page, and know how awesome you are. If you would like to offer anything non-points-based, such as a journal feature, please let me know. Thank you!

Prize pool donors:


As always, please spread the word far and wide about this contest. For any support you have shown or will show - faving, donating, entering, judging, word-spreading etc. - I thank you. Good luck, everyone, and happy holidays! :rudolph:

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AeternusVotum Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, no, I missed this :nuu:
Course works were in the way ;A;
Well, maybe I'll still write it some day~
orphicfiddler Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
May I have another day? I've started this story like five times and I'm having a horrible time writing.

(I've become crap at deadlines every since college finished. I think it's some kind of rebellion of my brain from the years I forced it to be punctual. At least I know one of my resolutions for 2013.)

Also, I just re-read the thingy and you said no fanfiction. Does it count if it's based off of A Christmas Carol (has a character that is clearly the Ghost of Christmas Past) and one that may or may not be a grown-up Tiny Tim? Or should I just give up now?
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Don't give up! Anything based on stories out of copyright is fine. I don't count it actually as fanfiction since I read some rule a few years ago about disclaimers or something - maybe I should be clearer next time about my own personal definitions! :P Anyway, yes, you may have another day. Please just try and get it to me before you go to bed tomorrow (if you don't ever get to bed, so be it ;)).
orphicfiddler Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Thank you! Will do.
Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Writer
I've nearly finished this... (I had to rewrite the WHOLE thing because my laptop - which it was on - broke down) How long do Ihave?
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Damn computers! I'm being really lenient with the deadline, so just try and get it to me in the next couple of days. :)
Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Writer
I'm really sorry I didn't get it in. I had a seizure and my parents generally don't let me on the computer after so yeah... BUT I've just got about three parodies to go so I'll post it tomorrow... Hang on, I'm out then... Tomorrow night or the next day... In case you want to read it anyway. :)
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, you're forgiven. ;) I'll look forward to reading your story whenever it appears. :)
Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Writer
[link] Sorry, my family kept telling me at the last moment every day that we were going out so I haven't had a chance really to post the story before now.

Merry christmas and happy new year :)
Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Writer
Idk if it really fits, but I tried... I can tell you the song I wrote for it though, if you want.

(It'll be up tomorrow because I don't have time to double-check and post tonight)
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