Third Annual Dickens Christmas Contest


The Fly Came Near It is proud to announce Michiganders Post’s third annual Dickens-themed Christmas writing contest.


  1. All submissions must begin, in some variation, with the following sentence: “Hold your noise!” cried [INSERT NAME], as a man started up from among the [INSERT DESCRIPTION] at the side of the [INSERT PLACE]. (Dickens’ actual sentence reads: “‘Hold your noise!’ cried a terrible voice, as a man started up from among the graves at the side of the church porch.” The sentence begins the fourth paragraph of Great Expectations.)
  2. The rest is up to you.
  3. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions will be judged together.
  4. Prose submissions should be approximately 500 words.
  5. Multiple submissions are welcome.
  6. Submissions are due to on or before Friday, December 18, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. (Upon submission, should your entry be selected as the winner or as a finalist, FCNI reserves the right to publish the entire submission on Michiganders Post only in connection with this contest as defined here. Any further use of the material will be with written consent from the author.)


  • The winning entry and finalist selections will be published on Michiganders Post.
  • A very special, personalized Christmas present will be awarded to the winner!
  • The winning entry, finalist selections, and other notable entries will be considered for publication in our annual anthology of Selected Writings from Michiganders Post.

Look for the winner and the finalists to be announced on Michiganders Post between Tuesday, December 22, and Thursday, December 24, 2015.

In the meantime, enjoy entries from past winners and finalists (listed below) and the occasional non-qualifying example entry from the editors at The Fly Came Near It because (1) we want to entertain you and (2) we can’t resist participating in the festivities.

Past Winners and Finalists


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