View Full Version : Holiday Flash Fiction Carnival!

12-12-2007, 08:52 AM
It looks like we have some interest, so let's go for it!

Between now and December 21, post a holiday-themed short story of 1,500 words or less on your blog or website (or a friend's site, if you don't have one of your own). Your story can center around any December holiday or New Year's, and it can be an old story or a new one written specifically for this carnival.

Once you've got your story posted, send me the link at uhamp "at" yahoo "dot" com. Multiple submissions are okay, as are submissions from your non-AW friends! 'Tis the season and the more the merrier!

Remember, this is not a contest! It's just an opportunity for us to have some holiday fun! :)

12-12-2007, 10:05 PM
Sweet. I must get to writing then, huh?

12-13-2007, 06:01 AM
Excellent! I was hoping this would get the green light!

L M Ashton
12-13-2007, 06:27 AM
I can probably be convinced to join in...

12-13-2007, 07:02 AM
Laurie, I personally would LOVE to see something based on a Sri Lankan winter holiday as I know almost nothing about the folklore and traditions there. But really, I'd just like to read more of your work. :)

L M Ashton
12-13-2007, 03:00 PM
Laurie, I personally would LOVE to see something based on a Sri Lankan winter holiday as I know almost nothing about the folklore and traditions there. But really, I'd just like to read more of your work. :)
I'll take the compliment, for sure. Thanks! :D

But, there's one problem... There's no winter here. We have monsoon. We have not monsoon. Then we have monsoon again. Then we have not monsoon again. That's the four seasons of the year. No winter. Heck, no spring or fall, either. :D

Christmas (Christian, of course), on the other hand, is doable. Eid (Muslim) is supposed to be on December 21st (or 20th?) this year, but it's on a lunar-based calendar, so it varies year to year. Last year, it was in January. Then there are Poya days (Buddhist), but those are every month and based on full moons, so again, the date varies every year, and the major ones the last few years have been in April to August. There are no Jews here that I'm aware of, so no Hanukkah. I'm not sure what, if any, Hindu holidays there might be at this time of year...

New Years. Well, New Years is celebrated on Dec 31st/January 1st here, but it's a very small and minor New Year's celebration as compared to the Tamil & Sinhala New Years on April 14th - that's the big one. :D

So, a little bit difficult to accommodate your request... :D

12-14-2007, 09:57 AM
Laurie, any of the holidays you mention are fine. Dreaming of a Monsoon Christmas?

L M Ashton
12-14-2007, 03:40 PM
*laughs* Yeah, well, it's the season for it, alright. Only 11 days away, and we had heavy flooding monsoon rain today...

12-16-2007, 11:18 AM
Just bumping this up a bit. We need submissions, people!

12-17-2007, 01:36 AM
Hmm...I think I want to do this. Now I just have to write something. :) I'll go do that now.

12-17-2007, 10:14 AM
I've posted about the carnival on my writing blog (http://ampfiction2.blogspot.com). No new info to anyone who has read about it here, but if you've got friends who aren't on AW, send 'em over!

Ava Jarvis
12-17-2007, 11:38 AM
AAAAACK I just found about this AAAAAACK

Then again, I found out about the last AW fiction carnival five days before it started, and still managed to write something decent. (See siggy.)

I would love to join.

(Just finished first draft, ~1200 words.)

By the way, a question -- is profanity not allowed? F bomb gets dropped a couple times. The main character is a bit rough around the edges.

12-18-2007, 12:06 AM
I'll do my best to whip something up. I'll let you know.

12-18-2007, 09:44 AM
Ava, I don't have a problem with profanity as long as it's not gratuitous. If it fits the character and doesn't distract from the story, it belongs. I find it more offensive to force a character to say "Gee, shucks," when s/he is clearly the sort to say something more... colorful. ;)

Ava Jarvis
12-18-2007, 09:57 AM
Thanks for the answer! :)

12-19-2007, 09:40 AM
I'm glad to see the submissions starting to trickle in. Come on, folks-- it's Wednesday! I'm sure everyone has enough holiday spirit of some kind to write a little story! :)

L M Ashton
12-19-2007, 03:08 PM
It's not looking good for me being able to do anything this time. I'm just too backed up with writing for pay with a looming deadline. :(

12-20-2007, 04:07 PM
Okay, BG. We am done! :banana: Email sent.

12-20-2007, 07:57 PM
I started writing mine last night so it looks like I'll actually get it in on time. Yay!

12-20-2007, 11:18 PM
I started writing mine last night so it looks like I'll actually get it in on time. Yay!


Yay! :D


12-21-2007, 12:50 AM
It's so demented too. So me.

12-21-2007, 01:56 AM
Just Posted How to Stress Out in Time for Christmas...

12-21-2007, 09:17 AM
It's here (http://ampfiction2.blogspot.com/2007/12/holiday-flash-fiction-carnival.html)!

I'll still post submissions through Christmas Eve and later, if you've got them. But for maximum comment exposure and to be known as one of the cool kids, be sure to get any last-minute stories to me before the weekend!

Note that my internet has been acting a little funny tonight, so anything submitted tonight might not get posted until tomorrow morning. It's all up to the evil so-and-sos at Comcast.

Ava Jarvis
12-21-2007, 10:59 AM
I steamrolled through a bunch of them--great reading, and very amusing!

12-21-2007, 07:59 PM
I still have to finish commenting on the last carnival and finish my story for this one. I think I wrote the last paragraph last night while half asleep so I'm going to have to do some major editing before I post it. Hopefully I can get it in tonight. If not then tomorrow for sure.

12-22-2007, 12:12 AM
Great job, BG! Bravo!

I'll set to reading and commenting tonight.



12-22-2007, 07:48 AM
Woohoo! I made it by the deadline! :snoopy: Bunny, you should have my email. Let me know if you didn't get it! Woot!

12-22-2007, 10:01 AM
Thanks for joining, DD!

Kat Frass
12-23-2007, 06:48 PM
I am going to have to start commenting AFTER Christmas. I am just too close to the Santa deadline.. and don't have enough time to comment.

I promise I will get to everyone.. just have patience. :) :flag: :Shrug: