War on Christmas - Fiction (Go to Poetry)
ChiZine Publications




If it isn’t perfectly clear by now, we are looking for Ho ho, oh hell, is it that time of year again? Already? When the muzak starts cranking out lousy Casio versions of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” non-stop? When the flavour du jour switches from pumpkin spice to eggnog every goddamn thing? When everything gets all twinkly and glittery and your eyes just want to roll out of your skull from the sparkle overload?

Worse: how about when every other person you come across wants to infect

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We’re looking for deranged and demented stories and poems that snap back against all that holiday schmaltz. Our leanings are toward the dark, the speculative (SF, fantasy, horror), the flat-out weird, the humourous, but that covers a lot of ground. But basically, if it would piss off Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly or that stuffy old grandma that always gave you hideous socks for Christmas, we’re in. One cautionary note: it’s likely there will be a lot of Santa stories submitted. We’d urge you think more widely, especially outside the white, Judeo-Christian canon. There’s really plenty to hate about Christmas, so it shouldn’t be that hard.

Some guiding stars, if you like:

The Ice Harvest
Robert Devereaux’s Santa novels
Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Star” (not the wussed-out version they did on the Twilight Zone, neither!)
Donald E. Westlake’s “Nackles”
Neil Gaiman’s “Nicholas Was . . .”
Joe Hill’s NO54A2
Damon Runyon’s “Dancing Dan’s Christmas”


Market Submission Schedule
  • Permanently closing for submissions on Mar 5, 2018 (Begins 9 days from now)

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