Call for Christmas Stories

Nope. It’s not for a contest here on LDS Publisher, but…

Michael Young is looking for 12 short stories for a Christmas anthology to be published next year. Each story has to incorporate a Christmas song.

The songs already taken are:

  • O Christmas Tree
  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  • The Little Drummer Boy

Here are the details (per Michael):

12 short stories, each one based on a Christmas song. The song would also be the title.

NOTE: I will only include one story based on each song. The best way I see around this is to email me and let me know what song you will like and I will post the taken songs on my website. Any genre that meats the guidelines is acceptable.

Length: 1000 – 10,000 words

Content: No profanity, graphic violence, or erotic situations. Should be ‘family friendly’.

Deadline: March 31st, 2012

To be published: December 2012

Send submissions to Please include your full name, phone number, email address and website (if applicable).

Files should be written in 12 point font, double spaced, with pages numbered and a running headed with the author’s name and title across the top.

By submitting your work, you grant me one-time publishing rights if selected. The anthology will only go through if there are a sufficient number of entries received.

Each entry will receive feedback from me, and some may be accepted pending revisions.

Those selected will be notified no later than June 1st, 2012.

Conditions subject to change.

All the proceeds will be donated to the National Down Syndrome Society.

Michael D. Young is the author of the novels The Canticle Kingdom and The Last Archangel. He is also the author of the inspirational pamphlet “Portrait of a Mother”. His work has been featured in various online and print magazines such as Mindflights, The New Era, Allegory, and Ensign. You can visit him at his website,, and his facebook fanpage,

2 thoughts on “Call for Christmas Stories”

  1. .

    Q: How obscure a carol is allowed?

    Q: What's your plan if you get a dozen of one song and three are great and not enough of anything else? I.e., will you announce that people should stop writing about X?

    Q: Can A writer claim one up front.

  2. I'll let you be pretty obscure on your carols. I would actually welcome a little variety.

    I'm going to post on my website under "current projects" which songs are already taken.

    Please send me an email and you can claim your song in advance.

    Thanks for your questions and your interest!

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