Monday Writing Magic – 3rd Annual Holiday Writing Contest and ReviMo Info

Entering contests is a great exercise in creative writing. It hones your writing skills, brings you into fellowship with other writers and helps you gain courage to put your work out there. For the past three years, I’ve been participating in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Writing Contests – today begins;

The 3rd Annual Holiday Contest!!!
 crashing sleigh

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.

For more information about rules, judging, voting and prizes, please go here.
I thought about what I should write. My trash can is filled with discarded ideas. I hope you will enjoy the story I decided to go with.

A letter came for me today.

 Dear Jack O’Lantern, don’t delay.

 Please come to Santa right away

And help make balls and bikes and clay.

A strong wind blows – I rock, I roll.

I barely miss a huge mole hole.

No hole will stop me from my goal

Of elfing at the cold North Pole.

 I cross the street – the light is red.

A tire almost hits my head.

I fear the car will squash me dead.

It pushes me along instead.

And in a muffin shop nearby,

The baker gives a battle cry.

She wants to put me in a pie.

I quickly tumble past – “Bye-bye!”

I see the lights of Santa’s shop.

I slip and slide and belly flop.

I’m turning like a spinning top.

What if I never ever stop?

I hear a jolly Ho-Ho-Ho.

It’s Santa standing in the snow.

He says, ‘The workshop’s down below.”

Elf Jack O’Lantern, come, let’s go!

I hope you enjoyed my little Christmas story – I’ll be linking up on Susanna’s website and you can go and read ALL of the amazing entries here. For the Halloweensie Contest, there were 79 stories!

A couple of important items to mention:

1. The Authors for the Philippines auction is over – they raised over 55,000 British pounds (not sure how many US dollars that is…but it is a lot!). I’ve just packed up a copy of my book that I donated – it is going to a mother of two in Staffordshire, England.

2. Please don’t forget the Kid Lit Giveaway Blog Hop Holiday Extravaganza that is still happening here and on 48 other blogs around the blogsphere. There are so many books and gift cards being given away.


3. I guest posted on the PreK and K Sharing Blog – one of the most incredible blog resources I have ever seen…please go and check them out.

4. Pull out those old manuscripts and dust them off – Meg Miller is hosting a challenge for the New Year – REVIMO will encourage you to REVISE – REVISE – REVISE. There will be prizes, inspiration and information.

5. And, one more reminder about the limited time only Holiday Sale of my book on Amazon – only $10!

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About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on December 8, 2013, in 3rd Annual Holiday Writing Contest, Monday Writing Magic and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 82 Comments.

  1. Lots of mishaps in this fun little adventure. Thanks for sharing this one!


  2. Oh the poor elf! Great meter in this story, Vivian. Well done!


  3. Wonderful rhyme! I like the idea of your story! 🙂


  4. I always wondered what happened to all those little Jack-o-lanterns! (At least the ones the deer don’t eat in our neighborhood!)


  5. So funny about Jack wanting to be an elf (we should all aspire to be more than we are)! Is it wrong of me to laugh so hard at poor Jack nearly getting nailed by a tire? 😉


  6. Now pumpkins have something to aspire to when Halloween turns the corner to reveal Christmas on its way. 😀


  7. Very unique. Love your rhyming.


  8. hahaha! Great job Ms Kirkfield!! I can sure picture poor Jack rolling down the street. I’m glad Santa showed up in time!


  9. Loved the suspense! Good luck, Vivian!


  10. I love the idea of a pumpkin becoming an elf for Christmas…it made me think of a fairy tale. 🙂


  11. Vivian, I loved the image of the little Jack O’Lantern, rolling along, evading the baker, and finally becoming an elf. Cute! We all can dream, can’t we?


    • Dreaming is what life is all about…and where our dreams will take us when we work towards realizing them.:) Thanks, Carrie…glad you like it. I started reading down Susanna’s list and then my internet went out for a couple of hours. 😦 But it is back up now.:)


  12. Cathy Ballou Mealey

    Love the mashup of holidays!
    Will Tom Turkey make a North Pole appearance as well?
    I love “elfing” – great verb!


  13. Such a cute and festive story Vivian. I’m glad the elf survived all the dangers that could have kept him from his task!


  14. I love your story! Great rhyme and great job! Happy Holidays! :0)


  15. Catherine Johnson

    Great idea and fun twists and turns, Vivian. Great post!


  16. This is wonderful, Vivian! So clever and beautifully written. Well done!


  17. deborahholtwilliams

    Using an old pumpkin is a really fresh idea for a Christmas story, Vivian! The squirrels ate our pumpkin, bit by bit till it was all gone. Glad you recycled yours into a story!


    • We were lucky…all of our pumpkins escaped wildlife attack.:) I’ve still got one or two that I plan to use…maybe pumpkin muffins? What do you think? I’m so glad you like the story, Deborah…I’ve read some of the other entries…WOW! People have put their heart and soul into this contest…it is very inspiring!


  18. Really clever story and great rhyme. I Liked it very much!


  19. That was a perilous journey, I hope Jack fares better in the workshop 🙂


  20. Very cute story! Now we know to send our Halloween pumpkins to the North Pole!


  21. What a grand adventure for Jack and a fun read for kids! I’m glad Jack was able to roll with the punches and make it to the North Pole.


  22. So much fun, Vivian. And I’m relieved the car didn’t ‘squash him dead’–so glad for him!


  23. Your story is just adorable and thanks for the links. I’ll go there right away and see if I can donate my book or something else. I did n’t know all those things were happening so thanks for telling me.:)


  24. Hahaha! My Santa didn’t want to mix his holidays and yours did it on purpose! I love the rhythm of your rhyme and your poor Jack’s harrowing trip! Thank goodness that baker didn’t catch him 🙂 Thanks so much for another delightful contest entry, Vivian! 🙂


  25. Vivian, thanks for making me smile with your rhyming story. I love rhyme. 🙂


  26. What fun to have a Jack o’Lantern want to join Santa! Clever idea!


  27. That’s a very determined pumpkin! Clever take on pumpkin & elves. (We have “Pumpkin Chunkin” down here.)


  28. What a fun holiday mash-up! Your rhyme is so catchy! Great job, Vivian!


  29. haha! Good for Jack O’Lantern, brave fellow! “The baker gives a battle cry.” LOL! Wonderful Vivian. 🙂


  30. Great rhyme, Vivian! I’m glad Elf Jack-O-Lantern finally made his destination! Nice job! 🙂


  31. Vivian, I adore your writing. I love the way you mixed two holidays into your story. Fantastic job!!! Your rhyme is so much fun to read out loud. Loved it! Good luck, Vivian!


  32. elainekielykearns

    What a great story, Vivian! I commented here the other day but for some reason it didn’t post- so glad I checked it! I love the mixing of the holidays, so creative! Good luck to you! 🙂


  33. Who knew that Santa recruited? Funny story, Vivian!


  34. jackiewellington21

    I love the recycling of the pumpkin. Thanks for sharing. 😀


  35. I really felt the hurrying pace in this story. got to get there on time. well done.


  36. Love your rolling jack-o-lantern elf, your great meter and rhyme, and especially your squash pun!


  37. And if the weather is bad and Rudolph is on vacation, good old Jack can light the sleigh!


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