First Place: Entry #8: Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Christmas Presents - By Kumata (Mystery)
Second Place: Entry #5: Gifts - By Yukiko (Steampunk, elements of fantasy and post-apocalyptic)
Third Place: Entry #4: Krampus - By The Power that Is (Fantasy)
Fourth Place (Tie): Entry #7: Souvenirs - By Legolover-361 (Apocalypse)
Fourth Place (Tie): Entry #2: Christmas Time on Hope VI - By xccj (Sci-Fi)Prizes: Kumata will receive a copy of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Not only is it a Christmas Classic, but it is a Christmas Crossover story as well, with both Christmas and Fantasy (ghosts) as its focus. Prizes are not unlikely to surface for other placers, but unresolved as of yet. Will be finalized within a few days.
Again I'd like to give a huge thank you to our contest judges and their speedy...well, judging:
I know it was hard for them (including myself) to rank the entries, as while we only had a few entries, all were fabulously written, and they were all a joy to read.
I would also like to thank a few others. Firstly, to 55555 who was my fellow host and whose help is invaluable. I'd also like to thank Ziko and Zeddy for their assistance. Furthermore, I'd like to thank in a special way xccj who has been a great help in both this and the Short Stories #8 Contest, always ready and willing to give his advice and offer his help when 5 5's and I called. And to everyone else, for making this contest run smoothly. While I am somewhat disappointed at the shortage of entries, I am happy that the contest was still a success and the great entries it received.