I just wanted to clarify a few things about our Christmas stories contest.
The stories being posted here on the blog are the "semi-finalists," and have been given a "score" on their manuscripts (Pix-N-Pens staff stories are excluded from the contest.) They are being posted in random order, not by order of their score.
On January 4th, we will post a list of finalists from these stories, and let the readers vote at that point. The votes will count for half the total score for that story, for the cash prizes. We will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners with cash prizes.
The Reader's Favorite (which may or may not also be one of the cash prize winners) will be chosen by reader votes only, and will win a huge box of books.
Comments left on the stories during the month of December do not count as votes, but comments are very welcome, to encourage and support the writers. And your comments may help influence voters in January!
Winners will be announced on January 18th.
In addition to the prizes and posting here, all stories being posted this month will be included in A Pixel-Perfect Christmas 2009. Details on this special giftbook will be available soon, so keep watching to get your copy.