Best Christmas (or Holiday) Story Ever Contest

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Away from Home for the Holidays

Details: For the holiday season, we would love two things: a story that will draw us into all of those sentiments surrounding Christmas or the holiday season. Makes us yearn for home. Make us laugh. Make us cry, or both! As for the second, we want a challenge! We want to practice writing something we might not write otherwise. Join us!

Rules: In 2500 words or less, give us your best story based on the theme: Away from Home for the Holidays. Send your story to thespinningpen@gmail.com

Deadline: December 23 at 12 noon Pacific time is the last day you can turn in your story.

Prize: The winning story will be posted on our blog and all social media sites ON CHRISTMAS DAY for everyone to read. *We will also give you feedback on your writing and why we chose your story.

Surprise: We will post something unexpected that day — so watch for it!

Prompt: Thanksgiving

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They were all there, ringed around the table and chatting between mouthfuls of mashed potatoes and turkey, all smiling and nodding, but I knew it was there hovering just beneath the surface. One word and everything would shatter…

What is the word? (And who are the people, for that matter)?

Finish this prompt in 500 words or less and email it to thespinningpen@gmail.com – selected prompts will be featured on our blog.

Good luck writers!

Prompt: Spies

Their ideal base for retreat and restocking for the next mission.

The mountains were green, thick, and peaceful. It was hard to believe that danger was not far from us. We can’t stay here anymore. I dipped my hand into the water–blue, clear, and icy-cold. The water had kept us alive; it brought our supplies, and it would carry us toward our mission tonight…

What happens next?

Finish this prompt in 500 words or less and email it to thespinningpen@gmail.com – selected prompts will be featured on our blog.

Good luck writers!

Prompt: Alaska

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I no longer feel my fingers, but the worry I have over deadly frostbite fades as I stare up at the lights in the sky…

What’s your idea?

Give us your best Alaskan escape Prompt in 500 words or less. We will share our favorite story with our readers.

Email your prompt to: thespinningpen@gmail.com