Sending Love to the Virtual Holiday Show by Paloma Fernandez

In this unconventional year, the arts have been forced to make many adjustments. The SOTA community is no different. Every year all the departments come together to create a Holiday Show. I myself have never been apart of the traditional Holiday Show, yet, this year I was put in charge of leading a small group of Creative Writers in creating a play, and putting on a staged zoom reading to submit. 

I can only assume that the creation of this show is much more enjoyable in person than online. At times it was proven frustrating. At first, the nine of us attempted to write together, but we got extremely little done during this time. We would get distracted easily, and then I would get distracted while trying to get everyone back on track. So, in our two days working as a whole group, we were only able to produce an idea and a single page of writing. At this point, we decided to split into groups of two or three, and each group would write a couple of pages before passing the baton to for the next group to take over. With this system, we ended getting the play done in a week rather than the year I assume it would have taken if we were to continue as a whole group. Then came the time to do a staged reading of the finished product, but it was much more difficult to get six people on zoom at the same time that I thought. 

I know for a fact that I missed out on the playful whole group atmosphere there is most years. I know that at times it was more stressful than fun. But, I am still glad I did it. In the end, we produced a piece titled “Medieval Matriarchal Merriment,” and it follows five medieval women during a white elephant gift exchange, and it is everything but traditional. I will not say much more because it will be online soon enough, and you can go see its glory for yourself. In the end, I would just like to say, thank you to everyone who worked on this project with me, I love you all endlessly. 

Link to the Holiday Show: 

Paloma Fernandez (Class of ’22)

Holiday Contest

Anybody who feels like they’ve got a funny, moving, or interesting take on the holidays, submit to this contest- there’s no entrance fee, hurray!

Holiday Writing Contest
1. Write a short piece about a year end holiday celebration. It can be Christmas, Thanksgiving,
Chaunakkah, Kwanza, New Year’s, the Soltice, or whatever holiday you celebrate.
2. The length should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words.
3. If you have a specific reading demographic in mind (YA, Children, etc.), please indicate it.
4. Proofread thoroughly.
5. Post your story to your Google Docs account with permission to share with <moserbill37(at)> .
6. Include only the title and the number of words on the title page.
7. On the last page include your name, a statement that this is your own work, and a bio of no more than 75 words. You may wish to include previous publications, your hometown, your background, your secret fantasy (no longer a secret, of course), or your answer to any specious Miss America Question you prefer.
8. Winners are the sole decision of the judges, although all judging of entries will be blind. If the judges deem it appropriate, there may be no contest winner. That is very unlikely, however.
9. There is no entry fee for this contest.
10. The prize for the winner of this contest is $25 and publication on this website.
11. You may submit as many entries as you wish, but make sure they are thoughtful.
12. All entries must be received by December 19, 2011. Publication of the winner will be shortly after the contest ends, toward the end of December. NB: This is an earlier date than for previous contests.
13. This contest is sponsored by an anonymous donor, the spirit of giving, and the letter A and the number 2.