Sparkle & Shine: The Official December Writing Contest

It’s official, folks. Our Write Side is hosting their very first contest.

The team came up with a great theme for our December newsletter writing contest.

Sparkle Shine 2015

It’s as easy as it says. Give us a 2,000 word story by December 15, 2015, in the romantic and engaging style of NICHOLAS SPARKS (New Year’s Eve birthday), using “Family Traditions” as your theme.


You could win a $10 Amazon gift card (the perfect present for that aunt who has everything!) AND the winning story will be featured in our Holiday Newsletter along with its author and creator.


There’s NO entry fee required.

Here are a few rules for the writers out there:

  1. 1,500 word minimum, 2,000 words maximum
  2. One story submission per author. No exceptions.
  3. Short stories only, fiction or non-fiction accepted.*
  4. Follow regular submission guidelines
  5. Email must be received by 11:59 PM EST on December 15 to qualify. Winning story will be announced in December newsletter.
  6. We reserve the right to reject any submission for any reason we deem suitable.
  7. Add Sparkle Contest to the subject line before sending.
  8. Have fun. Submit your best work.

All submissions are to be sent to Any submission received that does not follow the guidelines will be rejected.

*Note: Any poets wishing to have their poetry featured in our newsletter should submit according to theme.

Our December themes for poetry are:

  • sparkle and shine
  • home for the holidays
  • comfort and joy

All poems should be at least 15 lines long and properly capitalized and punctuated.

No more than 3 poetry submissions per poet, per session. Submission deadline is the same as the contest–December 15, 2015 11:59 PM EST.

Good luck!

We are also running a COVER ARTIST campaign. The theme is Steampunk Nutcracker. Best cover will be displayed along with the artist’s name and info on the FRONT COVER of the December newsletter. Only requirements are that it must say Our Write Side, December 2015, and Read. Write. Imagine. on it somewhere while meeting the theme. No nudity of any kind or graphic content accepted. Please submit your art via and be sure to attach each file rather than putting it in the body of the email. May the best art win!!

Now, what are you waiting for? Ready, set, scribe happy!! Contest is now live!

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Executive Creative Director at Our Write Side/OWS Ink, LLC
A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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10 thoughts on “Sparkle & Shine: The Official December Writing Contest”

  1. Emberly Ravyn says:

    Can i enter all 3 categories? I mean if applicable could i win all 3? And why did u have to do lovie dovie- u know dark is my forte. But i suppose i will step out of my bubble and go for it 🙂

    1. Stephanie Ayers says:

      Yes, you can enter all three, and win all three. Who says romance can’t be a little darker?

  2. Bambi Tuckey says:

    For the poetry, can it be anything about a homeless person (the man is fictional; no real names given)? If so it needs a happy ending?

    1. Stephanie Ayers says:

      It can be anything that falls into the theme/topics. Sounds like a great premise to me!

      1. Bambi Tuckey says:

        Thank you so very much, Stephanie!:)

        1. Stephanie Ayers says:

          You’re very welcome! Good luck!

  3. Michelle Sargent says:

    Hi, this is probably a very weird question. Can the story start based on a true story (names changed) with bad experience and then as the children grew up the memories are happy; based on these theme.

    1. Stephanie Ayers says:

      It can be anything as long as it follows the rules and the theme. Happy writing! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    2. Bambi Dickison says:

      Hi Sister! I missed the deadline. 🙁 Did you submit one?

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