Holiday Story Writing Contest
Happy Holidays all!!
We're running a bit late, but as promised, here's one of the two contests sponsored by the people of Wish On a Star. Good luck, and enjoy!! ;-D
They're fairly simple. You need to write a holiday story, using the requirements listed below. The *deadline for ALL entries is December 31, 2009 at 11:59PM (ie--server turnover).* Spelling, punctuation, and grammar, as always, do count (and will be looked at by the judges). No, it doesn't have to be set in the Noir-era necessarily (though that will probably earn you bonus points with the judges). And no, it doesn't have to be mystery- or Noir-themed for a plot (though again, if you do manage to work some element of that into your creation, all the better ;-). There is a *4000-CHARACTER limit* on all entries (ie--2 posts). And you're only allowed one entry per person/double. Other than that, sky's the limits. See? Piece of cake!! ;-D
Oh yeah...Remember those 'requirements' I mentioned before? There's two small components that you MUST include in your story. (Well, we couldn't make things THAT easy for ya, now could we?? ;-)
You MUST include ONE (or more) of the following holidays in your story, and build your story round that/those day(s):
St. Nicholas' Day (and NO, this isn't Christmas, it's Dec. 6)
Bodhi Day (Buddhist holy day in India, Dec. 8)
St. Stephen's Day (Dec. 26)
Boxing Day (also Dec. 26)
Chinese New Year
Muharram (Islamic New Year)
Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year's Day
Ashura (Islamic holy day, on the 10th day of Muharram)
New Year's Day (Western world â€" Jan. 1)
St. Basil's Day (Jan. 2)
Epiphany (usually about Jan. 6)
Lohri (Hindu holy day -- the Bonfire festival)
Pongal (Hindu holy day of thanksgiving)
Australia Day (Jan. 26--Just for Squirrel ;-D )
Losar (Tibetan [Buddhist] New Year)
Yeah, I know. What the....?? It gets better. ;-D
I'd like to thank the entrants of this contest for their incredible patience. Unfortunately, Real Life events have conspired against the members of Wish, and we were unable to close out this contest sooner.
We had some really wonderful entries, including the four-post entry that is over on the Anything or Nothing post in the Lounge. *pokes Secret_Squirrel*
First place goes to the beautiful and talented Molly Maltese, whose prize should be to her soon - it's double-super-secret, but I'm sure all of Sleuthville will fall victim to it soon.
Second place goes to the handsome and talented Joseph Zeo, who shall receive $50,000 SleuthDollars.
Congratulations to you both, and a huge thank you to all our entrants!
"The beautiful and talented Molly Maltese"... well goodness, it's a good thing you all are so honest or all the flattery might go to my head!
Thanks so much, guys! And congrats to JZ! I intend to enter the lovely Violet's contest, 'twas a wonderful idea!