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Literary Arts

Deck the Halls Writing Contest

Dear Santa,
I can explain...

Entries due November 30

Santa's always watching to see if you're naughty or nice. So what happens if you slip right before Christmas? Let's find out!​

Rules: ​

Writing Submission Guidelines for Writing contest: 


  • Submissions must be turned in by midnight on November 30th, 2023

  • Margins should be one inch and font should be 12 point Times New Roman 

  • Stories can be written in any genre (fiction, nonfiction, fantasy etc) 

  • Stories should be 3,000 words or less 

  • No fan fiction (using characters or story plots from movies, books, etc) 

  • Include a cover sheet with each story stating: name, address, and age group 

  • Do NOT put your name or any other personal information on the story itself

  • Sign the contract by submitting your email address below. Stories will not be considered if we don't receive this. Emails will only be used for this purpose.

  • Submit your stories to and good luck!

Please keep submissions family friendly.

Breakdown for age groups will be as follows:

1-2nd grade

3-4th grade

5-6th grade

7-8th grade

9-10th grade

11-12th grade

18 years old and up

By entering your story, you acknowledge that the winners retain all rights to the story submitted. Eagle Mountain Arts Alliance has the right to use the title of the winning stories to announce them on social media and on their website.

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
- Steven King

Check out our installments of the Eagle Mountain Arts Alliance Anthologies! Each year we host a writing conference in the fall, and hold a writing and illustration contest that features the theme of the workshop. On top of other fun prizes, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category are featured in an anthology for both writing and illustrating. We're so proud of each of our winners! Make sure to watch for next year's contest theme!


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Chris Jones (Author),
Tiffany Chandler (Author)
​Sarah Droegemueller (Author)
Sara Jo Cluff (Author)
Rachelle Hearn (Illustrator)
Zoe Clair (Illustrator)
Emily Clair (Illustrator)
Jason Hearn (Illustrator)
Riley Hearn (Illustrator)


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Tiffany Chandler (Author)

Sara Jo Cluff (Author)

SJ Winters (Author)

Chris Jones (Author)

Alayna C Lopez (Author)

Alexis Fulkerson (Author)

Hannah Anderson (Author)

R Rose Scanlon (Author)

Matthew Draper (Author)

Evelyn Lopez (Author)

Emily Cannon (Author)

Katie Ottesen (Author)

Rachelle Hardy (Illustrator)

Zoe Clair (Illustrator)

Emily Clair (Illustrator)

Sabrina Heller (Illustrator)

Jason Hearn (Illustrator

Riley Hardy (Illustrator)


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Trish LeBaron

Chris Jones

Jessica Guernsey

Ryan Hacking

RRose Scanlon

Emma Rose

Michaela Watters


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Tiffany Chandler (Author)
Jodi L Milner  (Author)
Michael Bacera (Author)
Chris Jones (Author)
Penelope Kornelis (Author)
David Chandler (Author, Illustrator)
Calvin Kornelis (Author)
Emilia Watts(Illustrator)
Delia Hopkin (Illustrator)
Emily Clair (Illustrator)
Zoe Clair (Illustrator)
Sabrina Watts(Illustrator)
Rachelle Hearn (Illustrator)
Riley Hearn (Illustrator)
Jason Hearn (Illustrator)


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Christopher JH Jones (Author

Sammie Trinidad (Author

Jessica Boyd (Author)

R. Rose Scanlon (Author)

Meagan Sparks (Author)

Emma Rose (Author)

Emily Cannon (Author)

Mikayla Milner (Author)

Tayson Riley (Author)

Daniel Milner (Author)

Tanya Hales (Illustrator

Jodi L. Milner (Illustrator)

Hope Cuthbert (Illustrator)

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