Merry Christmas pop-pickers. It’s the chart race that everyone’s been talking about and, despite a Facebook-led campaign to have Rage Against the Machine’s version of Bring me Sunshine named Christmas Number One, we can now officially announce that the numbers have been crunched and Simon Cowell consulted, and Golgo13 can be named as Writer of the Month for December. Congratulations to Golgo13, who overcame the disappointment of coming a close second in November to produce an impressive seven funny front pages in just over three weeks covering topics from the sweet, including Santa, to the decidedly unsavoury, with Jedward.
Commiserations go to Stan Laurel, who pushed Golgo13 all the way with fine front page contributions including ‘Nick Clegg resolves not to make any New Year resolutions’ and today’s front page on Santa’s new Prius. We can only hope that it’s some consolation to Stanley that he’s been in this situation before, when Laurel & Hardy’s The Trail of the Lonesome Pine was kept off the Christmas Number One slot in 1975 by Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
Thanks to everyone who submitted stories this month, whether they made it to the front page or not. And don’t forget, stories on the front page between now and the New Year will count towards the January Writer of the Month contest, so why waste time with your loved ones watching Christmas Specials of your favourite shows that aren’t quite as good as a normal episode, when you could be stealing a march on the title by submitting here?
Finally we’d like to wish everyone in the Newsbiscuit community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and say thank you for all the contributions that has seen 2010 become Newsbsicuit’s most successful year so far, with more visitors than ever. By the end of next week, this year will have seen 365 front pages, more than 600 News in Briefs and thousands of ticker one liners that have raised laughs around the world (and occasionally upset fundamentalists and the English National Opera). And the overwhelming majority of this material has been generated in the Writers’ Room, so thank you to everyone for making the site what it is, and we look forward to seeing what you come up with in 2011!