This is the 31st anniversary of the Brainerd Dispatch’s Stories of Christmas.

Each year, we get wonderful stories — some humorous and lighthearted, others are thoughtful, touching remembrances. Tell us your story, fiction or nonfiction.

There will be three categories: kids category, for ages up to 12; juniors, ages 13-17; and adults, 18 and older. Prizes will be awarded.

Stories should be 300 words or less.

Email the story to or mail to DeLynn Howard, Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN, 56401, or drop it off at the Dispatch, 506 James St., Brainerd.

All entries must include a name, address, phone number and age.

Entries without this information will not be considered.

Deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 11.

Winners will be published in the Dec. 22 edition of the Dispatch.