It’s time to announce our favourite five from the Flash Fiction Flurries contest! This time, we’re leaving the final decision up to readers. The top three stories will be chosen by popular vote, so if you’re passionate about a pitch, please share so your friends and family know, so they can weigh in, too.

We’re giving readers the title, a one-sentence pitch, and the first few lines of the story so you can get a sense of the writing and where it’s going. To vote, all you have to do is select your favourite in the poll at the end of this post, and you’re done!

  1. Our Tree by Alex Bruty

Pitch: In a world of uncertainty, sometimes imagination is all we have to keep the magic of Christmas alive.

Excerpt: Sometimes, when it’s quiet, I think about how things were before he was born. Life was dark before I knew he was going to arrive, dig up a meaning and hand it to me with a beaming face full of magic. But, I try not to look back. Instead, I like to imagine what we’d be doing if he was still here.

  1. Stakeout by Mike Aragona

Pitch: Kyle the super-sleuth is on a mission to uncover the secret magic of Christmas.

Excerpt: It wasn’t the first stakeout Kyle had been on, nor would it be his last.

From the day he finally solved the “Case of the Chocolate Chip Thief” he knew that nothing was impossible for him. No secret dark enough that he couldn’t shed light on. No sneak clever enough to elude him. He would find them all, catch them all. Just like in his favorite TV show.

  1. The Christmas Messenger by M-A Gautreau

Pitch: Hearts heavy with grief, Billy’s mom and grandfather set out to make Christmas cheery and bright for the boy, not expecting Billy to bring home the perfect gift.

Excerpt: Life on the Logan Farm was sweet for Billy. He followed Grandpa everywhere and learned to be helpful when Grandpa was mending fences, milking the cows, and brushing the horses. Grandpa told him it didn’t matter that he wasn’t really big; he was a darned good worker.

  1. Snowcastles by Daley Rose

Pitch: Home for the holidays, Kaylie is forced to organize a snowcastle event that brings her face-to-face with her past.

Excerpt: They say that you can’t hide from your past, but I was certainly going to try. Unfortunately, for me it meant taking cover in mini Sydney Opera house of snow.

  1. Don’t Feed the Guests by Jennifer Sharko

Pitch: With a little Christmas magic, Jenny and her mother discover that spending Christmas alone doesn’t have to be lonely.

Excerpt: Jenny sipped her hot chocolate and stared out the window. Her nose was inches from a world of twinkle and glitter. “Mommy! The street is nearly covered. Can we get out the sleigh?” she asked without taking her eyes off her personal snow globe.

Note: The poll closes at 11.59pm EST on December 20th, and the top three will be posted between December 22nd-24th. Happy voting, and good luck to everyone!

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