Second Wind Publishing invites you to submit an entry to our holiday short story contest.
Entries are to be holiday stories of any genre that mention a food of some
kind. (The food item can be a focus of the story or simply a prop.) The winner
will be included in Second Helpings, a short story/recipe anthology to
be released in time for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Years. So, be
thinking of holiday stories with delicious recipes. The story and recipe must be
your own original work since the recipe will also be published in the
anthology. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The story must not exist in print
form or in any current or upcoming anthology. The story must be no longer than
The contest is open to anyone in the world, 18 or older, though the entry
must be written in English. There is no entry fee. The best entries will be
posted on the Second Wind
Publishing contest blog for everyone to read and comment. The authors and
management of Second Wind Publishing will choose the three finalists, but reader
comments will be taken into consideration. Entries will be judged on
originality, readability, writing skills, characterization, plot, and how well
they fit in with the theme of the anthology. Spelling and grammar count. The
decision of the judges is final.
Everyone is welcome to vote for the winner, which is to be chosen from the
three finalists. The winner will be the finalist with the most comments.
The winning entry will be published in the upcoming Second Wind anthology,
Second Helpings. (Title is subject to change.) The winner will also
receive a coupon from Smashwords.com for an unlimited number of free downloads
of the anthology for one month. The coupon can be sent to as many people as you
wish during that month. The winner will also be able to purchase an unlimited
number of print copies of the anthology at half price plus shipping costs. And
the winner will receive a one year free VIP account from Angie’s Diary, the
online writing magazine to help you get even more exposure for your writing.
All entries will be deleted once the contest is over.
The contest begins April 1, 2012 and ends June 30, 2012.
June 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm ET: Contest ends.
July 1 — July 15,
2012: Judging of entries by 2W (and 2W authors) to pick top three
July 15 — July 31, 2012: Judging of the three finalists by blog
readers to pick the winner
August 1, 2012: Winner announced
2012 Book published (In an ideal world …)
Please send your entries as a Word .doc or .docx to
secondwindpublishing(at)gmail.com Be sure to replace (at) with @ and use
“Holiday Contest” for the subject line.
See complete listing of rules at http://secondwindcontests.wordpress.com/
Best of luck to all of you!!