Congratulations to the winning stories, and all the participants!First Place ($150 Cash Prize Winner):A Very Nellie Christmas by MsCherylTerraSecond Place ($100 Cash Prize Winner):Pie Thief by chastenThird Place ($75 Cash Prize Winner):I Touch My Elf by PoisonPen33** Read all the contest stories here! **

The Literotica Annual Winter Holidays Contest is the last of special annual Lit contest of 2020. Unlike the monthly contests, the special contests challenge writers to create compelling, fun tales on a theme. This time, the theme is the wintry holidays and winter-related events.

-- If you'd like to participate in this contest, please read this entire post. If you don't read the whole thing, you may miss out on important rules, rendering your story ineligible for the contest! --

You can begin submitting on (or before): November 4

The last day to submit is: December 3 at 11:59pm EST

Winners will be announced on: December 10

This contest will coexist with the usual monthly contest. A story may only win one or the other, not both contests simultaneously. The prizes for the top 3 stories will be the same as those awarded in the monthly contests:

First Place: $150 Cash PrizeSecond Place: $100 Cash PrizeThird Place: $75 Cash Prize

Submit your contest story in via your Control Panel New Story form, just as you would any story.

All rules for the monthly contests are in place. Like the Monthly contests, you can submit as many entries as you like. And like the Monthly contests, only one of your stories can place in the contest - that is, if you author the top two highest voted stories, only the top one will be eligible.

The only exceptions to the rules are:

• All submissions must be stand-alone stories created for this contest theme. We will not accept individual chapters of a larger work submitted separately. If you have a multi-chaptered contest-themed submission, please submit all chapters together as one story submission. • We will allow authors who have won in our monthly contests within the last 6 months to win in this special contest. However, if you have won a prize in one of the last two special contests, you are not eligible to win in this one.• A story has only to accrue 25 votes to be eligible, rather than the 50 required for the monthly contest.

The following guidelines also apply:

• Author must copy and paste the phrase "WINTER HOLIDAY 2020" to the "Notes to Admin" field of the submission (quotes are not needed). Again -- PLEASE do not forget to put the EXACT phrase "WINTER HOLIDAY 2020" IN THE "Notes to Admin" FIELD - NOT the description field or anywhere else. In fact, we recommend that you copy and paste to avoid typos. If it is not in the NOTES field – or if it's typoed - we cannot easily find your story and it may not be approved in a timely manner to be entered into the contest!!• Submissions must have a Winter Holiday theme: i.e. winter holiday celebrations (whatever that means for you and your culture), winter weather (which differs depending on your hemisphere), winter events and superstitions, etc. Be creative! Please don't just submit a normal story that happens to take place on a snowy mountain. That would not be in the spirit of the contest, and readers (aka voters) will likely punish you for your trickiness.

Any story that meets the above criteria will be automatically entered into the contest. Winners will be decided by reader input (aka votes).

Visit the Winter Holidays Official Support Thread, hosted by Oggbashan for more info and of course support and encouragement from your fellow authors.

Important Note: Once your story is submitted, it may take over 72 hours for it to be posted, or may be sent back to you for clarification/mending. We strongly suggest that you do not wait till the last day of the contest to submit your story. The sooner you submit, the better chance your story has of accruing the votes necessary to be eligible.

Good luck, and have fun!

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