Monday, 7 December 2020

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's Susanna Hill's Fabulous 'Holiday Treat' Contest

 Merry Christmas everyone!πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ€Ά

Here's hoping we can close a challenging year with a bit of festive cheer. 

One thing that always gives me some festive cheer as a writer is participating in Susanna Hill's Annual Holiday Treat Contest, which is now in it's 10th year.

With my double entry winning me an honourable mention and a place in the final last year, as well as coming ninth in this year's Halloweensie contest, there's no pressure or anything...

But seriously, I've spoken before about how much joy these writing contests give me. They are super fun and I often find that a short contest entry often paves the way to a full picture book idea.

So without further ado, here is my first entry below. I really hope you enjoy reading it:

Elf Tidings Headlines -Rudolph’s Cold


There’s bad news – you must be told!

Christmas may be...CANCELLED

for Rudolph’s got a cold.

His nose is even redder,

Loud sneezes can be heard,

Can he guide the Christmas sleigh?

No way! Don’t be absurd!

We MUST find a replacement

Who else can smash the task

of whizzing right round planet Earth?

There’s NO ONE we can ask!

Let’s post an ad:


A sleigh guider we seek…

And someone comes! A dragon;

Magnificent and sleek.

But Santa’s not as sure as us,

Thank you but -oh no!

If a dragon comes to help...

she’ll melt our North Pole snow!”

Next there comes a unicorn,

My horn’s a guiding light,

My sparkling wings are fabulous,

I’ll lead you through the night.”

Santa slowly strokes his beard,

You’re perfect for the job…

but it simply doesn’t feel right.

I miss my Rudolph – sob!”

But someone else has seen the ad:

A witch who offers aid,

Santa frowns, “You cannot fly…”

He seems a bit afraid.

The witch whisks out her cauldron.

Just you wait and see.

Take me to the patient.

Right now! Immediately!”

Soak his hooves in honey

Put menthol on his chest,

Drink this potion, Rudolph,

Get some proper rest!”

BREAKING NEWS-next morning:

Good news- you must be told!

Rudolph’s woke up right as reign...

he’s right back in the fold!

A witch’s help saved Christmas.

Her magic was pure gold,

Her gift was simply priceless…

she’s cured the common cold.


  1. I'm so glad Rudolph is cured! Who knew witches got into the Christmas spirit? Love it, good luck! :)

  2. Ha ha!! Even Santa was surprised by the witch's solution to the problem! I have to say, I was imagining a dragon at the helm and that was fun too! Good luck!

  3. Oh BOY! Thank GOODNESS Rudolph is feeling better! Haha! So cute!

  4. A dragon, unicorn, and a witch in a Christmasy story?
    Love it, put a smile on my face!

  5. This is adorable and made me chuckle. I love the image of the dragon, unicorn, and witch showing up at the North Pole to help. This is a lot of fun to read aloud and imagine.

  6. Such a fun story! I love the idea of a sleigh pulled by dragons and unicorns--and yay for the witch who used her medicinal knowledge to save the day! I hope this is one of your stories you pursue as I think it would make a great picture book

  7. I loved the different characters - just imagine the dragon and the chaos it could have caused. Nice twist on the witch saving the day :)

  8. He-he-he, what a fun story! Best wishes!

  9. Love this! And the twist was spot on. Good luck in the contest!

  10. What a fun story! I was thinking that the witch was going to turn out to be mom and not a real witch. Very cute!


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