Well, submissions for our “Show Off” Writing Contest are now closed. I’m excited to tell you seventeen of you decided to submit your Christmas story to the contest, with a total of eighteen stories (yes, one of you submitted twice—you know who you are—it was part of the rules, though, so it’s cool).

I had no expectations for how many would participate, but this completely surprised me. Eighteen?! Well, done, writing friends. Well, done.

The best part for me was that many of the entries came from people I haven’t interacted with, yet. I hope you all will continue to practice and check-in in the comments so I can get to know you better.

Christmas Story

Photo by Shandi-Lee

Now, I have two pieces of business to discuss with you.

First. I will post the winner of the contest Monday. The winner will then work with me to edit their piece to perfection (but since I don’t believe in perfection, really just until it shines and sparkles like a candy cane).

Then, the finished piece will be posted here on Christmas day (or Christmas eve, I haven’t decided—what do you think?), and be included in our forthcoming Write Practice anthology. Woohoo!

Second. For today’s practice, I want to give you the chance to get inside the head of an acquisitions / literary magazine editor. These editors have the impossible job of deciding who wins and who loses. It’s a painful thing to have to say no to so much excellent (and, sometimes, not excellent) writing.

And now I want you to try.

So go vote on your favorite “Show Off” piece by clicking the little “Like” button at the bottom-right of the post. Read as many of the pieces as you have time for, but try to read at least three or four so you can start to get an idea of what it takes to be an editor.

Oh, and don’t everyone start at the beginning because then the first posts will get all the love. Although I’m not sure how to coordinate that.

Your vote will add somewhat to my decision about whose story wins the contest. Let’s say 23.6% of the judging will be based on votes.

(And no one will know if you vote more than once. Except you.)


Practice your acquisitions editor skills:

1. Read three or more entries from our Christmas Writing Contest.

2. Vote for your favorite (by clicking the “Like” button at the bottom-right of the post).

Have fun!

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).