The Best Holiday Short Stories
From midwinter festivals to summer picnics, there’s no shortage of ways people have found to celebrate, well, just about everything! All year, there are celebrations of love, joy, remembrance, forgiveness, thanksgiving, independence… There are holidays to mark solemn moments we shouldn’t ever forget, and holidays to remind us of the simple pleasures in life we shouldn’t take for granted.
In all this rich cultural diversity, it’s no wonder that holiday short stories are equally varied! From spooky to spiritual and beyond, the holiday short stories in our collection cover all seasons are told in all styles.
Looking for holiday short stories for every day of the year?
Each week, writers submit hundreds of short stories to Reedsy’s weekly writing contest — each of them based on a unique writing prompt. They can be about anything, and in any genre. This page is home to all the holiday stories that have been submitted to the contest, with prize-winning and shortlisted entries right at the top.
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