A fabulous opportunity for emerging authors in our 2017 Christmas anthology!

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Boxing Day, and of course it’s the perfect time for us to start working on our 2017 Christmas title, ‘A Christmas Menagerie’!
As usual, it will be an anthology of original Christmas stories by established and emerging authors — this time with an animal theme.
The established author spots are all filled.

BUT in an exciting opportunity, we have five emerging author spots to fill!

The stories need to be between 750-1500 words and be suitable for a 6-10 age group. They should be original, unpublished(including on blogs and websites), and ms should be in Word or RTF (not in PDF please), double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12 point.

We will be accepting submissions for twelve days ONLY, starting TODAY, the 26th of December, and ending on the 6th of January. Any submissions that arrive out of that time frame won’t be accepted.

 Send your story, as an attachment, by email only, to submissions@christmaspresspicturebooks.com , with ‘A Christmas Menagerie submission’ in the subject line, and a few lines about yourself in the body of your email.

Good luck, and happy writing!

Lovely review of A Toy Christmas in Reading Time!

Just in time for Christmas a lovely review of A Toy Christmas has appeared in Reading Time. Here’s an extract:

The anthology is an unexpected treat – this time of year is often filled with tradition, which is lovely, but sometimes it can mean that the beauty of something different is lost in the race to maintain traditions. Christmas stories are one of those elements that could use a refresh, while maintaining the spirit of the holidays, and that’s exactly what this anthology does.

This is a book filled with modern stories, with a touch of the traditional and humorous. I didn’t expect the anthology to touch on such topics like the loss of a loved one, or that others have different Christmas traditions to celebrate. Christmas is always a joyous time of year, but these stories remind young readers about the magic of Christmas, while giving the idea of Christmas stories a modern, Australian refresh.

You can read the whole thing here. 

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Illustration by Fiona McDonald, from The Dolls' Nativity, by Natalie Jane Prior.

Illustration by Fiona McDonald, from The Dolls’ Nativity, by Natalie Jane Prior.

It’s that festive time of the year again–and to all our contributors, readers, friends and supporters the Christmas Press team sends the very best of wishes for a merry Christmas and a very happy and successful New Year! Thank you all for your support throughout 2016, and here’s looking forward to a great 2017!

Pictures are from our latest title, the fabulous anthology, A Toy Christmas.

And to all emerging authors: watch this space on Boxing Day for some great news about our 2017 Christmas anthology!

Illustration by Beattie Alvarez for George Ivanoff's 'The Pudding Prize'

Illustration by Beattie Alvarez for George Ivanoff’s ‘The Pudding Prize’

Illustration by Kathy Creamer, for her own story,'What, No Christmas Toys for the children?'

Illustration by Kathy Creamer, for her own story,What, No Christmas Toys for the Children?

Illustration by David Allan for his own story, 'The Fairy Tree'

Illustration by David Allan for his own story, ‘The Fairy Tree’

Lovely review of Troll Tales in Magpies

Delighted to see that Margrete Lamond’s and Ingrid Kallick’s gorgeous Two Troll Tales from Norway has garnered another lovely review! It’s in the latest issue of the prestigious children’s literature magazine, Magpies, and is by author and bookseller Mike Lucas. Here’s a very short extract:

Christmas Press, a relatively new publisher specialising in fairy tales, folk tales and traditional stories, has brought together a magical storyteller and a perfectly suited illustrator to retell these two Norwegian tales..

The review is below(not available online)

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Excellent review for Two Troll Tales in Reading Time

trolls-6Just in, another great review for Margrete Lamond and Ingrid Kallick’s Two Troll Tales from Norway!

Here’s some short extracts: Margret Lamond skilfully retells the two magical tales in this charming picture book displaying her talent as a storyteller….The illustrations by Ingrid Kallick convey the unusual quality of these stories and have a distinctly Scandinavian appearance in the decorative patterns and colours.

You can read the whole review here.