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Short story contest

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Area of Effect wants YOU!

…and your Christmas-themed stories.

Then why is the image above not of Santa Claus, you ask? Because we don’t want stories about Santa Claus, or Frosty, or Rudolph, or even Jesus, necessarily. We’re looking for creative stories that focus on the mythos of Christmas that takes place in your fictional land, and that could include whatever you dream up.

Perhaps the tradition started when space pirates had to drop a load of cargo and rained down treasure on your planet. Perhaps Christmas is a time of fear because that’s when the dark elves come out. You tell us!

Length: Between 300 and 1000 words. Manga, comic, or graphic novel stories may be up to two pages long.

Acceptable Genres: fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, dystopian, horror, sci-fi/western, fairy tale, folklore/legend, superhero, space opera, science fantasy, steampunk, graphic novel/manga/comic

Deadline: October 25, 2015

Prizes: The top three entries will be published in the Christmas issue of Area of Effect magazine alongside other Christmas-themed stories written by published authors. The winning entries will also be posted online at

Restrictions: Stories may not include (1) harsh language or profanity, (2) explicit sexual content, or (3) any bashing of people groups or religions. Stories should not surpass a PG-13 rating.

Editing: Geekdom House reserves the right to edit the winning entries as necessary, with author permission.

How to Enter: Email your submissions with the subject line “Christmas short story submission” to Written entries should be sent as a Word document; art entries can be sent as a JPG or PDF. Include your full name and a short biography.

Questions? Send Casey an email or ask in the comments.

Allison Barron

Allison Barron

Commander at Geekdom House
Allison is like Galadriel, offering wisdom where needed but turning treacherous as the sea when competitive games are involved. She is the executive editor of Area of Effect magazine, co-host of the Infinity +1 podcast, and staff writer for Christ and Pop Culture. When she’s not writing, designing, or editing, she is often preoccupied in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away.
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