Christmas Advent Comp 2023 Longlist

We’ve been having a festive time reading all of these stories! Thanks to everyone who submitted and swept us into the festive season already!

Congrats to the writers of the following stories who have made the longlist. No telling which is yours though!


  • A Perfect Gift
  • Air quality poor, water contaminated, life not sustainable!
  • All I Want For Christmas
  • Bad Santa
  • Boxing Day
  • Cards for Christmas
  • Christmas Coitus
  • Christmas Realms
  • Christmas Unravelled
  • Doctor, I’m In Trouble
  • Kill a Tree
  • Lot 365
  • Lottie and me
  • Notes to Self on Christmas Gifts Received and Subsequent New Year’s Resolutions
  • Pas de dix; pas de probleme
  • Placing the Gold Doves
  • The Clicking Keeps me Company
  • The Great Impression
  • What I Learned from Blue Peter
  • Writing Santa
  • Zooming in for Christmas

We’ll be back with the shortlist soon! In the meantime, you have until 30th September 2023 to send us your HOPE stories for the next edition of WestWord. Submit here.