Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

READER PARTICIPATION; Enter the T-U's Holiday Short Story Contest

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

READER PARTICIPATION; Enter the T-U's Holiday Short Story Contest

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This year, for our annual Holiday Short Story Contest, we're asking for what elementary school teachers refer to as "shoebox" stories - we throw a bunch of random elements into a box, pull out a few and you have to write a story that incorporates all of them.

You can make it happy, sad, uplifting, depressing, hilarious or downright weird, as long as you can do it in 1,000 words or less and use each of these words or phrases at least once: nog, wreath, mistletoe, blizzard, kazoo, gingerbread, family, Alabama, puppy, stocking, roller coaster and Kermit the Frog.

There are separate contests for students and adults.

For the young writers' competition, each elementary, middle school and high school in the Northeast Florida/Southeast Georgia Times-Union readership area may select one story per grade level to enter in the competition. Schools that send in more than one story per grade level will be disqualified. Judges will select three "best-in-show" stories to be printed in the Times-Union. …

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