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Susanna Hill's Holiday Contest 2018

I love entering Susanna’s contests! This is my first time submitting a story for the Holiday Contest, and I almost didn’t make it! I recently started a full time job, and along with two little ones, it has put a limit on the time I have to write. This story was composed on my cellphone late at night, and I’m just getting posted with 50 mins to spare before the deadline. But, I’m happy to participate.

Here are the guidelines for the 250 word (or less) story, as posted on the contest website:

Judging criteria will be as follows:

  • 1. Kid-appeal! – These stories are intended for a young audience (ages 12 and under), so we’re looking for stories that children will enjoy and relate to.

  • 2.  Holiday Heroism! – the rules state a Holiday Hero story, so it must be crystal clear that the story is about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whatever you celebrate, and it must contain a hero and act of heroism in some form! 

  • 3. Quality of story – entries must tell a story, including a main character of some kind and a true story arc even if it’s tiny   Entries must not be merely descriptions or mood pieces.

  • 4. Quality of Writing: check your spelling, grammar, punctuation etc.  If you’re going to rhyme, give us your best   Overall writing quality and use of language are also important.

  • 5. Originality and creativity – because that is often what sets one story above another.

And now, it’s latke time!


Big Larry ran a latke shop

for tater loving gators.

Hot pancakes, piled on paper plates,

were plopped down by the waiters.

Applesauce and sour cream

made trails around the plate,

as gators licked their massive lips

with pleasure while they ate. 

Hanukkah was coming fast,

Big Larry’s busy season.

But this year’s business hit a snag,

for one disastrous reason...

Spud supplies were running dry

from gator tater famine!

But gators need their latkes like

like a bagel needs smoked salmon.


Big Larry sat around his shop,

he moaned and groaned, “oi vey!”

“Our Hanukkah won’t be the same

if spuds don’t come our way.”


He vowed to find an answer fast,

and keep the gators fed!

Potatoes may have gone away,  

what else could work instead?


He tried a carrot pancake but,

it tasted far too sweet.

His hands turned pink, and stained the sink,

when he fried up a beet.


Zucchini was too boring and

the onions were a flop.

A yam, a pear, some camembert,

one more and then he’d stop!


The only thing that he had left:

A teeny tiny dud,

a little sad pathetic orb…

the last remaining spud!


But thinking of his patrons and

a Hanukkah disaster,

He made a dish that was delish,

a gator latke master!


The carrots, beets, zucchini, AND

some onions, yams AND pear.

The teeny, tiny tuber,

AND a dash of camembert!


“A miracle!” Big Larry cried,

“An absolute delight!

Chag sameach, everyone!”

The menorah shimmered bright.