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The Ghost of Contests Past

Last updated 01/12/2010

2009 Recommended Submissions

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Author

Description/Sample

Zombie Elves
2009 Winner!
Sue Penkivech What effect would destroying a cultural icon with the galactic significance of Santa Claus have on the Multiverse? Virginia of the Multiversal Time Protection Unit is determined not to find out.
A Son is Given Risa Wolf Chris, having lost wife and son, tries to recreate the joy of Christmas.
The Kates and I Bernie Mojzes What happens on Christmas eve when kids first find themselves trapped in outer space? And what's this Christmas thing all about anyway?
Happy Christmas Morning Jenni Dowsett Happy Christmas Morning captures the excitement and joy a child feels waking up on the morning of Christmas. Carrie's parents are not quite as merry about waking up before 6am to see what Santa brought.
'Twas the Night
Manuel Royal "So, what's it like, being Santa? Good question. You might not like the answer."
The Christmas Angel
Donna Burgess Christmas Eve one year ago
And Mommy became an angel
Red halo and red wings all spread out beneath her
A Green Christmas Jon C. Forisha When new recruit Ferris arrives on a planet ruled by an abundance of chlorophyll and mysterious aliens, he finds that all he can think about is Christmas back on earth.
Medusa's Holiday
2009 Winner!
M.M. Bergstrom Here upon an evening dreary
Though all the world is wet and weary
I bundle up my head of snakes
To deliver all my Yuletide cakes
The Mystery of the Disappearing Christmas Cracker Debbie Cowens For the family of earthlings known by the name of Jones, Christmas dinners can be chaotic enough without the sudden appearance of an alien. How will they cope when a strange visitor materialises in their dining room, seeking the meaning of the enigmatic Earth object that arrived on its planet? Will the Jones be able to explain the purpose of a Christmas cracker to the satisifaction of their extraterrestial guest before Maureen's turkey dinner gets cold? Can an alien ever come to understand the true meaning of Christmas?
Snow Walker Sharon Clauss Madeline and her son found a new home just in time for Christmas. It seems idyllic, friendly, snowy, and picturesque, but the land is animated in ways that defy logic.
Tis the Season to Be... Steven Saus Some would say that it's impossible for Santa to do everything he's supposed to. But it might just be entirely unlikely.
The Horde Karlton Douglas Two warriors face a black day.
The Twelve Gauge of Christmas P.A. Gardinali "It was the old bastard, all right; laying by the fireplace, contorted in an unnatural pose. The streaks of blood ran down from the mantelpiece, which he had likely grabbed in a desperate escape attempt." A homage to my favorite noir writer of all times. Set in an alternate reality, just slightly less bizarre than ours. Warning: implied ickiness.
Silent Night D. Travis Brandel A holiday tradition leads two brothers to a nontraditional fate.