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O COME ALL YE FANGFUL Short Story Contest

fangfulLooking for something to do after Nanowrimo’s done? Want to quit Nano and focus on something with real prizes? Well…here it is!!

It’s become very important to me to give back to the fiction-writing community and encourage other writers. Therefore I think it would be BIG FUN to have a short story contest!

I know that a lot of people who read this blog, follow me on Twitter, or are my Facebook friends (as well as other social networks) are aspiring writers. Well, get yer hands on yer keyboards for my….

1st Annual O COME ALL YE FANGFUL* Short Story Contest


  • First Prize: $50** Amazon, Borders, or Barnes & Noble gift card
  • Second Prize: $30 Amazon, Borders, or Barnes & Noble gift card
  • Third Prize: $20 Amazon, Borders, or Barnes & Noble gift card


  • This contest is open to all writers, published or unpublished, anywhere in the world
  • Stories must be 1000 words or less in length
  • Only one story per entrant
  • Entry must be in English (the only language I’m fluent in, alas)
  • No fanfic, original stories only please
  • Stories must have a holiday theme — Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, etc. — make it festive! (even if it’s just a smidge)
  • Stories must have a paranormal or fantasy element (ie: vampires or werewolves opening up their gifts on Christmas morning. Ugh, don’t use that, but you get the idea) 
  • All authors retain all rights to their work, but agree to allow me to post the top three stories on my blog for public viewing
  • Entering this contest does not include a critique of your writing, advice on how to get published, or a recommendation to my agent/publisher. (you’d be surprised by what I’m asked for sometimes)


  • December 15, 2009 at Midnight EST, no exceptions
  • Copy and paste your story into the body of your email (no attachments please) or send me a link to where I can read it on your blog or website
  • Send the story or link to me at michellerowen@gmail.com with the subject line: “O COME ALL YE FANGFUL
  • Entrants will be contacted by email to confirm receipt. If you don’t hear back from me within 48 hours of sending, I didn’t get it. Please send again!
  • Entries will be judged by yours truly, Michelle Rowen
  • Winners contacted by email on Sunday, December 20th to claim their prize
  • The top three stories will be posted here on my blog on December 22nd-24th (one per day starting with the third place winner) for all to enjoy

I look forward to reading your entries!

Happy writing!



*thanks to Richelle Mead for suggesting the contest title
**Gift cards will be delivered by email and purchased in US dollars

19 comments to “O COME ALL YE FANGFUL Short Story Contest”

  1. Spyrit Dancer
     · November 19th, 2009 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Can it be a story and pics? I know, sounds odd but I also do 3D work in Poser, and I’m actually working on a story that will be in pics and words. Guess I could just send the words, but do you have any problems if I send in an illustrated story? I will send you a link to read it, as that way you’d get no attachments in the mail.

  2. Michelle Rowen
     · November 19th, 2009 at 5:20 pm · Link

    Sure! Sounds fine to me!

  3. Tori
     · November 19th, 2009 at 9:53 pm · Link

    Does the story have to take place on Christmas…or just around that general area? And are you expecting romance stories only?

    I am excited for this contest and would love to participate!

  4. Michelle Rowen
     · November 19th, 2009 at 11:10 pm · Link

    There doesn’t have to be a romance and, while I’d prefer it be a holiday story being that the winners will be posted here around Xmas, I won’t disqualify anyone who doesn’t make that a major part of their story.

  5. RKCharron
     · November 20th, 2009 at 12:26 am · Link

    Hi Michelle :)
    Thank you for the fun contest.
    I’m definitely going to enter.
    I posted about this on my blog for Fri Nov 20th 5am EST. (I used your black & green box ad).
    Love & Best Wishes,

  6. KJ
     · November 20th, 2009 at 3:28 am · Link

    Such fun!

    Was awake with my baby girl at three this morning, thinking it out…

  7. Elie N
     · November 20th, 2009 at 10:13 am · Link

    I am going to participate in this, great idea. I love an excuse to TRY to write something.

  8. Karmela
     · November 20th, 2009 at 11:22 am · Link

    Aw, no fanfic? I can’t do a “Dean gets erotic Xmas gift from Meg” story?

  9. Michelle Rowen
     · November 20th, 2009 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Uhh…. no. ;) But send that one to me privately. ;)

  10. Michelle Rowen
     · November 20th, 2009 at 12:21 pm · Link

    @RKCharron… thanks Rob! Your blog is becoming a serious go-to place for paranormal and fantasy lit info! You rock! :)

  11. Moonsanity
     · November 20th, 2009 at 2:14 pm · Link

    I was just thinking that I’d love to write another short story with my husband, and now I have a theme! Our last one was zombie related. I just told him to get thinking. BAHAHAHAHA

  12. Barbara
     · November 30th, 2009 at 6:36 pm · Link

    Ooh Dean and erotic just got my attention. I think I’m going to give this a try.

  13. Jessica W
     · December 1st, 2009 at 8:43 pm · Link

    I’m so behind! I’m just learning about the contest. I’d love to participate but I’m gonna have to get on the ball. Thanks for the opportunity Michelle.

  14. Kelly
     · December 9th, 2009 at 3:16 am · Link

    Just finished my entry! Haven’t written many short stories of late, thanks for the opportunity!

  15. Danae ayusso
     · December 14th, 2009 at 12:43 am · Link

    what about those that don’t do holidays, can’t it be winter based instead?

  16. Mary MacVoy
     · December 14th, 2009 at 6:36 pm · Link

    Nothing like leaving things to the last minute…
    Thanks for giving me another way to procrastinate instead of doing all the things I need to get done before xmas! LOL
    Hope you enjoy it, Michelle!

  17. Sara Randall
     · December 14th, 2009 at 11:09 pm · Link

    I am so in. Will send it in Tomorow.

  18. Fabienne
     · December 15th, 2009 at 2:21 am · Link

    The deadline was Midnight. I emailed my link with minutes to spare LOL!

  19. Michelle Rowen
     · December 15th, 2009 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Actually the deadline is tonight at Midnight. A little less than ten hours left! Woo hoo!


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