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All Abra wants is love. She was abandoned by her mother at birth, left under a bridge to die. Her adoptive mother died of a weak heart and her adoptive father gave her up to another family. She seems to live in the shadow of her sister, the biological daughter More »

The Hero’s Lot (The Staff and the Sword #2) – Patrick Carr

The Hero’s Lot picks up right where A Cast of Stones left off: with Church leadership in turmoil, a powerful duke making a grab for power, a dying king, and the slow invasion of supernatural forces. Even though the events of book one have left Errol a hero (and an More »

Restless – Jennie Allen

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Water Walker (Outlaw Chronicles #2) – Ted Dekker

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Life is Story Christmas Writing Contest

The month of November brings with it a number of wonderful things. Fall is in full swing and millions of leaves have sacrificed their lives to give us the beautiful hues of fall. Thanksgiving is there to close out the month and showcase the bounties of the harvest. If you’re a writer, Thanksgiving means one extra bonus. NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month. Taking a “put your butt in the chair and write” approach, NaNo challenges authors to pour all their creativity, all their free time, and all their energy into writing fifty thousand words in a month (roughly 2,000 words a day if you take Sundays off).


Whether or not you plan on participating (I’m throwing my hat into the ring for the first time), Life Is Story wants to build off the theme of NaNo—to get writers writing—by offering its own challenge. Here’s the deal: By the end of November, Christmas is just around the bend and everyone loves a good Christmas story. From Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to Grisham’s Skipping Christmas to Thrasher and Wayne’s Paper Angels to Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, authors from all genres and all walks of life have found it fit to write a Christmas story. The same is true for the music and movie industries as well. The Christmas season is well-known for its ability to create Story.


Life is Story wants you to contribute to the effort. Write a 500-1000 word story that centers around Christmas and submit it to josh(at)lifeisstory(dot)com anytime in the month of November. File formats accepted include .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf. Over the course of December, I will pick a winner (or winners, depending on the number of entries) to post on the website the week before Christmas. Winner(s) will get their original short story published on the site, as well as a short bio and a link to their own blog or social media page.


So get out there and be creative. The only requirements I have is to stay within the word count and give me a story well-told. The rest lies in your pen.


What: Life is Story Christmas Writing Contest

When: November 1-30, with the winner(s) being posted between December 18-24

Rules: 500-1000 words; Christmas must be a central theme.


If you have questions, use the commenting feature below and I’ll get you an answer.




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  • Alison

    How old do you have to be to enter

    • Josh Olds

      There is no age limit/requirement. I’d love for you to enter. :-)

  • Luke

    After this will there be an other competon

    • Josh Olds

      Perhaps at some point, yes. Just be looking.