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  • Writer's pictureMichelle S. Kennedy

Susanna Leonard Hill's 11th Annual Holiday Contest 2021!

Many thanks to Susanna Leonard Hill for hosting this creative contest and to all the fabulous prize donators!

NOTE: To comment on my entry please scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN to the bottom of the page and you'll see the comment section below where it says 'recent posts'. Thanks!

THEME: Holiday Contest

Here is my entry:


By Michelle S. Kennedy

‘Twas right before Christmas and all through the shop

A contest was brewing that no one could stop!

Elf Tinker had bragged that his toys were best.

But Winkle asserted, “HA! Surely you jest!”

“Just look at my trains!” said Tinker with pride.

“They’re made to perfection that can’t be denied!”

Then Tinker continued, “Come see for yourself.

They’re better than yours— because I’M the best elf!”

“Well gaze at my trucks!” replied Winkle with spite.

“At least mine have wheels ‘cuz their lug nuts are tight!”

They squabbled and quibbled but wouldn’t agree…

“Let’s have a challenge and then we will see!”

A rivalry match was about to begin!

The other elves watched them to see who would win.

The first event started. They stuffed and fluffed bears.

Their workmanship suffered— with needed repairs.

“Strike one! Neither wins if the job’s not precise.”

Lead Elf told them both: “Broken toys won’t suffice!”

The next match was better. They got in a groove.

But still, there were oodles of room to improve.

“Strike two!” said Lead Elf. “The paint’s chipping on these!

So, please be more careful.” he said with a tease.

The last round then started but Tinker was stuck.

His screwdriver broke. For Winkle— what luck!

The contest was over. Poor Tinker sat brooding.

But Winkle looked over, “I’m sorry we’re feuding.”

This whole thing is silly so don’t be distraught.

Your train is the best and I’m sorry we fought.”

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