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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  1. Alison
    Alison3 years ago

    How old do you have to be to enter

    • Josh Olds
      Josh Olds3 years ago

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

  2. Luke
    Luke3 years ago

    After this will there be an other competon

    • Josh Olds
      Josh Olds3 years ago

      Perhaps at some point, yes. Just be looking.

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