Annual Holiday Flash Fiction Contest


Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Writing Contest is in its third year, though this is my first year of participating.

The 3rd Annual Holiday Contest!!!

The Contest:  Write a children’s story about a Holiday Mishap, mix-up, miscommunication, mistake, or potential disaster (a la Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer :)).  Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 350 words (aren’t I being generous?! 🙂  It can be as short as you like, but no more than 350!)   The field is wide open!  Have fun!

For more information, you can read all about it (& enter yourself!) here:

Here is my entry for the comp, I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

‘Twas the Accident Before Christmas

“There’s been an accident.” Mrs. Claus blushed as red as her dress.

“Is anyone hurt?” Santa’s voice rang with alarm.

“No. Not that kind of accident.”

“Phew. Are the reindeer ready?”

“Yes, all strapped in and good to fly.”

“And the presents? Are the presents packed?”

“Of course they are! The elves loaded the sleigh, no problem there.”

The woolly white caterpillars that were Santa’s eyebrows lowered in thought. “Not the lists.”

“No, love. The lists are fine.” She pointed to the table. “Nice in green and naughty in red, same as every year.”

“Then what….”

Mrs. Claus sighed and held out Santa’s suit. The woolly white caterpillars shot up.


“Pink.” She nodded, biting her lip.


“Yes dear, pink.”

“What… How….”

Mrs. Claus shuffled her feet. “Well, your suit was getting so grubby with chimney soot, plus all those hot chocolate stains and cookie crumbs. I know children mean well, but honestly, water and celery sticks would make less mess.”

Santa flapped his hands. “But the colour?”

“Well, I wanted to get all those stains out. I wanted to send you off clean and shiny. For the children!”

Santa’s foot beat a rhythm on the floor.

“I thought some stain remover would help. Except I got a bit muddled between it and the bleach. I’m sorry, at least the stains are gone.”

Santa took the pink suit from his wife’s hands and pulled it on. There was no time to waste. Buttoning the last button, he looked up.

Mrs. Claus tried to hide a smile behind one plump, dimpled hand.

“It’s not that bad…” she mumbled. “Like candy floss.”

The woolly white caterpillars jerked up and down rapidly. “Well, it will have to do. The jolly man in pink has to fly.”

He leaned down and kissed her cheek, before taking the two lists she held out.

“Can I have that red pencil?” he asked, pointing to the table.

Mrs. Claus frowned and passed it to him. “What do you need that for, dear?”

“Well, I’m afraid your name won’t be going on the nice list this year!”


Although I didn’t win a main prize in this comp I won a prize for We-Loved-It-But-Thought-The Humor-Was-A-Little-Too-Grown-Up 🙂

You wrote a great story – we all really enjoyed it!  You are right about the kid-friendly – that was what stopped us putting you in the finals – but it was still very well-written! 🙂

So that was pretty exciting! Thanks, Susanna, for such a wonderful comp. You’ll definitely see me again next year. 🙂

About B Lee Draper

Teacher, uni student, aspiring writer.
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68 Responses to Annual Holiday Flash Fiction Contest

  1. vgallwhowander says:

    Great story! Great visuals. I’m going to picture a round pink Santa all day. 🙂

  2. How cute! I think Santa will look smashing in pink! It will compliment his ruddy cheeks in the cold night air. Fun story!

  3. Pink for Santa….hahaha! Loved the woolly white caterpillars for his eyebrows imagery. 🙂

  4. Juliana Lee says:

    Poor Mrs. Claus! She apologized and everything… and he still takes her name off the nice list? I’d better shape up – I’ve done a lot worse this year!

  5. Cute story. 🙂 Love the wooly white caterpillars.

  6. Hahaha! Love that last twist!

  7. Well-done!!! And if Santa doesn’t like pink, I guess he can do the laundry himself.:) 🙂 This is a GREAT story!

  8. A pink Santa! Poor Mrs. Claus. She was only trying to help. Now she’s on the bad list for next year. Is her husband actually going to put coal in her stocking? It doesn’t seem fair, does it? Maybe she should get a divorce and see how he likes taking care of everything at the North Pole by himself. I like your contest entry. Maybe I should enter. It sounds like fun.

    • B Lee Draper says:

      Haha, he wouldn’t last five minutes without her I’m betting. Definitely enter Gale! You have until Friday to post something and it’s a lot of fun. 🙂

  9. nrhatch says:

    Ha! Darling story.

  10. Poor Santa…and poor Mrs. Claus. I hope they can work things out!

  11. Poor Mrs. S! Santa’s silly; doesn’t he know that payback’s a…peach suit next year?

  12. sirvivhor says:

    Perfect Pink story! Poor Mrs. Clause 😦 Loved it!

  13. Funny! Santa in pink! Ho! Ho! No!

  14. Catherine Johnson says:

    I was thinking he took that rather too well what a great twist at the end. Great story!

  15. Good one, B Lee! I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve turned things pink in the washer. (Although I think crayons in the dryer are even worse!)

  16. cherylsec says:

    This was so cute! I love the mystery and the humor. Great job!

  17. ptnozell says:

    Love the pink suit – such great visuals!

  18. Yvonne Mes says:

    What a fun story! I wonder if she did it on purpose, surely she would get sick of those red suits all the time 🙂

  19. B Lee Draper says:

    It’s lovely to get home from a long day at work to so many lovely comments, thank you. I’m really looking forward to reading all your entries over the next few days! 🙂

  20. clarbojahn says:

    I thought he was going to turn his suit red with the red ink pen somehow when he asked for it. 🙂 lol.

    Well done. Love the premise. 🙂

  21. A pink Santa? Why not! Lots to like about this story, not the least of which is how much you were able to say with the help of some woolly white caterpillars!

  22. I tried commenting last night, but no luck.
    So I’m back today to say love the caterpillar eyebrows and the ending too. 🙂

  23. Hahaha! Tons of fun, B (or Lee? – sorry, not sure which you go by :)) I love that Santa had to wear a pink suit 🙂 And poor Mrs. Claus, ending up on the naughty list when she was only trying to help! Great job! Thanks so much for joining in the holiday fun! 🙂

    • B Lee Draper says:

      Cheers Susanna, and thank YOU for such a fantastical fun Christmas romp! It’s Belinda – Lee is my middle name. I’m trying to sound cooler than I really am. 🙂

  24. Love the story–so fun, and the ending is great! 🙂

  25. How fun, Lee. That truly is a mishap. Santa surely has a strong self-image, otherwise he wouldn’t have been caught dead in pink! And I loved the ending . . .

  26. Pool Mrs. Claus. Santa should be on the naughty list for not doing his own laundry. Very fun story.

  27. Oh what FUN! Like so many others, I just loved the woolly white caterpillar eyebrows. And the thought of Santa in pink! Laughed at the last line — ho ho HO!

  28. Linda E.H. says:

    Nice story. My favorite part is…

    the woolly white caterpillar eyebrows!!!

  29. Stacy Couch says:

    Someone should tell Santa: Pink is the new red! Cute story!

  30. Linda Boyden says:

    How adorable and yes, I probably would have pinked his suit by mistake, too!

  31. So cute! Love Santa’s “woolly white caterpillars”. =)

  32. Joanne Sher says:

    VERY cute! Love it.

  33. I’ve done the reverse (dying family whites pink!) so I’m afraid I must be on someone’s naughty list! Maybe Santa wasn’t watching. . . fun story!

  34. teresamis says:

    Pink is the new red! Victoria Secret has nothing on Santa.

  35. This was a lot of fun and very visual!

  36. How fun! The eyebrows added so much!!!

  37. Martha Hubbard says:

    I loved the “wooly white caterpillars” for Santa’s eyebrows. What a fun story! 🙂

  38. The ending is funny! I thought Santa was going to color his suit with the pencil. 🙂

  39. Cecilia says:

    I love your description of santa’s eyebrows 🙂

  40. Doris Stone says:

    Cute story. I liked the way you moved every thing forward with a check list and then ended the story with Ms. Claus not being on the nice list. Good job.

  41. Pink Santa with caterpillar eyebrows–great fun!

  42. NAUGHTY LIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the ending! 🙂

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