Last week, I talked about the Month of Short Fiction. And I talked about how gifted Kristine Kathryn Rusch is as a short fiction writer.

This week, I need to tell you that Kris doesn’t just love writing short fiction. She loves reading it, too. And she loves the holidays.

So, holiday projects that offer great short fiction—sign her up!

But she couldn’t sign up. Because what she wanted was a way to sign up to receive a holiday short story every day throughout the holiday season. Like an advent calendar, but for readers.

So, WMG created one. And Kris edits it. It’s called the WMG Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories, and we’ve just launched our third year—and our third Kickstarter—for the project.

With the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2021 Calendar of Stories, you’ve got 38 days of something to look forward to. And that’s just for starters.

Backers of this project at the $25 level will get an original holiday story delivered to their inbox every day from November 25, 2021, through January 1, 2022, plus an ebook compilation of all the stories and introductions, in order, when it’s released in July 2022.

These stories, which range from sweet romance to dark crime, will also be released in anthology form in the fall of 2022 in three books: Mistletoe Moments, Cold-Blooded Christmas, and A Weird Holiday Season, all edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Plus, all backers at the $25 level and higher will receive all of the stretch goals we unlock to get extra ebook and pop-up workshops for writers.

Speaking of writers, we’ve added two new Kickstarter-exclusive workshops to the rewards this year: Write a Story for the 2022 Spectacular and Writing Off-Beat Holiday Stories.

We also have rewards that help you catch up on your holiday reading if you’ve missed the past years’ projects.

To read all about the Kickstarter, watch the fun video Kris narrated about this year’s project, and see all of the available rewards and stretch goals, click here.

And if you can’t wait for the winter holidays, you can start reading a spookier edition of the Calendar of Stories today with the Halloween Spectacular 2021 Calendar of Short Stories.

Starting today and running through Nov. 2, you can get a daily dose of spooky fun in your inbox.

To learn more about this project or to sign up, click here.

Whatever your poison, I wish you a happy Season’s Reading!

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.