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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 dictionary.com.

vinĚtage
[...]
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.

Rules
: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.)

Judges

ThornyEnglishRose
TheSkaBoss
Lucy-Merriman

Prizes

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:
kel20
orphicfiddler
Euxiom
SubjugatedSandwich

Finally

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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:iconaeternusvotum:
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~
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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?
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
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 ;)).
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orphicfiddler Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Thank you! Will do.
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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?
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
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. :)
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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. :)
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, you're forgiven. ;) I'll look forward to reading your story whenever it appears. :)
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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 :)
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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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:iconstrudel--cutie4427:
Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Writer
I will! I've just gotta finish it (I'm handwriting it) then retpe it on whichever computer I'm using at the time.
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OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
May I ask a question? Does our entry need to be written specifically for this contest? I have a piece (previously written) in my gallery that would be perfect for this. :hooray:
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Normally I'd have said it does have to be specifically written, but seeing as there are so few entries... ;)
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OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:huggle: Thanks, my dear! Next time I'll be sure to produce work just for the contest. :salute:
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:iconofonesoul:
OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'll have an entry in tonight, hopefully! :heart:
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Please! :please:
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:iconlucy-merriman:
Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey, should I update a journal with the new, extended deadline?
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
There isn't exactly an extended deadline - I just don't mind if it's a day or two late - but certainly it would be worth a mention. :)
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DamonWakes Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Writer
I'm afraid I haven't been paying a lot of attention to contests and such recently (still slowly dealing with the aftermath of NaNoWriMo :p ), but I've already got an idea for a Christmas story that would fit this theme quite nicely. I'll try and get it finished as soon as I can.

Also, I'll give this a mention in a journal. :-) It may be short notice, but anything to spread the word should be a little help.
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome. :) I look forward to receiving your entry.
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franny123 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Writer
I was reading this, thinking it's a good idea to join, but then.. Ah! The deadline is tomorrow... :|
Will I make it? :O
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Please try, because I'm low on entries! (And I won't be too strict about the deadline. ;))
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:iconfranny123:
franny123 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Writer
Really? :D
(I thought all hope was gone... I'll get started right now~!)
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great! :D Just get your entry in as soon as you can. :)
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ReallyLostMyMind Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Writer
I am so excited! Time to go and get some Christmas spirit on!
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay! :dance:
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:iconeuxiom:
Euxiom Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Aww, lovely sounding contest! I'm not sure if I can wrangle anything up to enter but I shall drop a few points off. :la:
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! (As I said on your page. :P) I'd love you to try and wrangle something together, if you possibly can! :please:
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:iconeuxiom:
Euxiom Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
My issue is the vintage part. :lol: Too much research and general flailing on what to do.
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AeternusVotum Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello there :3
I got pretty much interested in this after I read the journal and I hope I will find the time.
But as I non-native English speaker, I've always had troubles with the word "vintage" - does it mean the story has to be set in the past time or does it just mean like "classic"?
Thanks for your answer then :)
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really hope you'll enter - I don't have many entries! Your story can be set in the past if you like, but it doesn't have to be - it's up to you. Think 'classic', as you say, and you can interpret that in whatever way you like. :)
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AeternusVotum Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thank you very much for the clarification :D
Then I will try my best to come up with something in time :dummy:
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
OH, GOODNESS. I forgot to mention I featured this:
[link]
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Right up my alley. If I am not too exhausted from NaNoWrimo, I might enter this one.

:heart:
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I hope so! :D :santa:
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:iconhgfdsasdfgh:
hgfdsasdfgh Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student General Artist
This sounds like fun. : )
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It will be! I hope you'll enter. :)
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:iconnamelessshe:
NamelessShe Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The more I think about it the more I like the subject. I look forward to reading the entries.
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's a fantastic subject! :D It would be so great if you entered if this one as well. :)
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I might do that. If I can get my head around a good idea and if Nano doesn't drain me this year. :D
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MeganLawler94 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Writer
This is *MeganLawler94 from #AnotherContestGroup, and I'd like to inform you that we've found and added your contest to our listings! These listings can be found in our journals, listed by deadline; please allow up to two days to see your contest listed in the journals.

Also, if you're low on prizes to offer, see if you qualify for our Winner's Package. It supplies a journal feature, exclusive admittance into our gallery, and a llama from the staff of ACG if you meet the requirements and send in your contest results at the end of your contest. Please see our FAQ for all the details.

Note us if the deadline changes, or if you would like another contest featured.

Perhaps join the group to get updates on the happenings at ACG. We feature hundreds of contests that offer many different prizes, so there is something for everyone's skills.

I hope your contest is a success!

*MeganLawler94

:iconanothercontestgroup: :iconacg-pointsdonations:
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. :)
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Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Actually, funny little known fact: the Victorians didn't really celebrate Christmas until Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol. The Holiday was viewed as a primarily Catholic thing, so in Victorian England and other places that didn't have Catholic dominance, the it was falling out of fashion. Then Dickens came along and wrote a story that changed the definition of Christmas in the minds of the general public and suddenly it took on the meaning it has today.

Well, not today, I guess. It didn't mean rampant commercialism until very recently, but you know what I mean.
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TheSkaBoss Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hahaha. Deadline is my birthday. I get awesome story-presents. :la:
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:iconthornyenglishrose:
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad I was the first to notice that I wrote the date wrong: the 17th is a Monday, not a Saturday. Oops! Anyway, I've changed it now, and I guess this means people will have the weekend to finish off. :P
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