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December 4, 2019: 2019 Christmas Short Story Event ~ A Treasury of Christmas Stories ~ Official Announcement
Posted by The Story Lover

Originally Posted by Fred DeElve

Dear Readers and Authors,

The Themes for this year's Christmas Short Story Event are as follows:  All I Want For Christmas Is, What Christmas Means To Me, and My Favourite Denny's® Christmas.

The Guidelines are very simple as usual:

  1. Stories should be between 500 and 15,000 words give or take a million words.
  2. All Submissions should have the author's initials appended to the end of the Filename.
  3. All submissions are due by Sunday, December 22nd at Midnight PST.
  4. This event is open to any reader or author that wants to enter, Non-Fort Family Authors are more than welcome.
  5. Have Fun Writing!
  6. All submissions should be sent to 2019 Christmas Short Story Event.
  7. If you need suggestions just email ACFan

As always this event is open to all readers and authors. 

Happy Writing,

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November 28, 2019: A Brother For Thanksgiving Short Stories & More Now Live!
Posted by The Story Lover

Originally Posted by Fred DeElve

Dear Readers and Authors,

Thanks to all of you that submitted your Short Stories including a  first time F.R.E.D. submitter Talo Segura.

We have submissions from Crazy Cajun, Talo Segura, ACFan, Art  West, Ilúvantír, Paul Shroder, JeffsFort, Zarek Dragon, True Fan, Jonah Timoty Campbell-Forte & Timmy Short, and  Neal Richards & 'Goos'. Those were the authors that stayed within the guidelines, well sorta.

With a little bit of electronic trickery, we also have 'Welsh' versions of ACFan and Ilúvantír's stories. We can't guarantee the accuracy of those versions.

It seems that Mr. TSL decided that it wasn't Thanksgiving without a, Denny's® Story so he submitted one. However, it isn't included in this year's Fall 2019 Short Story Universe as it doesn't fit the guidelines by a country mile.

Before I forget this is ACFan's first solo Event Submission and it is one that you won't easily forget.

Happy Reading and Happy Thanksgiving,

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Folks what Fred forgot to mention was that this was the second-largest event in Fort Family History! Thanks to everyone that submitted a Short Story.

All of the submissions and a lot more are available at F.R.E.D. so don't forget to visit him. ;)

Happy reading,

TSL

November 24, 2019: Thanksgiving Event Submissions Due Monday
Posted by The Story Lover

Originally Posted by Fred DeElve

Dear Readers & Authors,

This is your courtesy reminder that your submissions for the Thanksgiving Short Story Event are due Monday Night at Midnight PST plus or minus 12,000 seconds.

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The Turkeys are ready, are you?

Just in case you forgot what this is all about here's the info:

 A Brother For Thanksgiving.

The setup: On the day before Thanksgiving, while I was in the kitchen preparing my son Patrick's after-school snack, Patrick came home and another kid with him. Instead of saying his usual 'Hi Daddy, I'm home', his greeting nearly gave me a heart attack.

"Hi Daddy, this is my new Brother, Ben!"


  1. The same guidelines apply the Short Story should be between 500 and 15,000 words, be as crazy with your ideas as you want. The main thing is to have fun writing the story. 
  2. This event is open to any reader or author that wants to enter, Non-Fort Family Authors are more than welcome.
  3. Submissions are due by Monday, November 25th, all submissions will be posted on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28th.
    1. By Midnight PST ~ Both  of Goofy's hands are pointing straight up, for you 24-hour people 0:00 Give or take 5,000 seconds
  4. All submissions should be sent to 2019 Fall Short Story Event.
  5. The title of the story should be A Brother For Thanksgiving. with the Author's Initials appended to it.

Readers don't forget this is a very easy way to try your hand at writing a story, so take a chance you might like it.

All stories will be posted on Thanksgiving Day.

Happy Writing,

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November 17, 2019: Welcome to our Newest Author David
Posted by The Story Lover

'Goos'

Dear Readers,

I am proud to announce that we have a Brand New Author joining the site David, with his first story The 3 Jays. So please take some time and read his story, and then let him know your thoughts.

Don't forget that you can send emails to all of our authors by clicking on the email link in the Copyright/Disclaimer.

Also, don't forget to check out the Fort Family Community site for the latest news from all of our sites!

Happy Reading,

TSL

P.S. Fred asked me to remind you that submissions are due next Monday for the Thanksgiving Short Story Event. Also, it is time to start writing t=your Christmas Short Stories as well.

 

November 12, 2019: Thank You Veterans
Posted by The Story Lover

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Thanks to all of you that have served in our Armed Forces for all that you have given us, due to your sacrifices we can enjoy our freedoms. 

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On this day I read the story My Dad's Coming Home Today , by Scribe 1971. It is a powerful and evocative piece.

TSL

November 9, 2019: A Brother For Thanksgiving Update & More
Posted by The Story Lover

Originally Posted by Fred DeElve

Dear Readers,

There are only sixteen days left to get your Fall Short Story Event submission written. All submissions are due by Midnight PST on November 25th. The theme is A Brother for Thanksgiving. So get busy writing.

Now for the 'More':

This year's Christmas Short Story Event has Three Themes, yes you read that right Three Themes! The themes are as follows: All I Want For Christmas Is, What Christmas Means to Me, and My Favourite Denny's® Christmas. 

The Guidelines are very simple as usual:

  1. Stories should be between 500 and 15,000 words give or take a million words.
  2. All Submissions should have the author's initials appended to the end of the Filename.
  3. All submissions are due by Sunday, December 22,d at Midnight PST.
  4. This event is open to any reader or author that wants to enter, Non-Fort Family Authors are more than welcome.
  5. Have Fun Writing!
  6. All submissions should be sent to 2019 Christmas Short Story Event.
  7. If you need suggestions just email ACFan

Happy Writing,

Fred Avatar JPG

November 3, 2019: Thanks
Posted by AC Benus

Thanks for your warm welcome, TSL. I appreciate it! 

November 2, 2019: It's Time To Fall Back
Posted by The Story Lover

'Goos'

Dear Readers,

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Yup folks, it's that time again, time to get back on track with the Natural Time, so set your clocks back tonight when you go to bed. The cows will be happier now! Don't forget to write your Congresspeople to end the abomination called Daylight Saving Time, which saves nothing.

Please take the time to email the authors of the stories that you read, authors need to hear from you, authors are still leaving the Net and only we can stop them with our emails.

Happy reading,

TSL

October 31, 2019: Welcome to our Newest Author AC Benus & Happy Halloween
Posted by The Story Lover

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Please welcome our New Author AC Benus, and the first of his many stories and poems, It’s a Dreadful Life – a Halloween Classic. A perfect story for the day!

Please don't Trick or Treat our wonderful authors, only Treat them by sending them an email thanking them for their stories.

Thanks to all our authors and readers for all of their contributions.

Happy reading,

TSL

P.S. For our animal friends that celebrate today:

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October 30, 2019: Congratulations
Posted by Maxieplus

Congratulations TSL, a truly wonderful achievement, and a fantastic site to be on.

Maxie

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