Community Stories

Remus’ Christmas – Writes of Winter Winner #1

December 18, 2023

The Red Deer Arts Council and The City of Red Deer are pleased to announce the winners of our Holiday Season edition of the Writes of Winter Short Story Contest!

We invited Red Deer writers of all ages to share with us a tale of winter and/or the holiday season in Red Deer, under either Poetry, Short Story (Fiction) or Short Story (Creative Non-Fiction) categories. We have received over 24 submissions already, though some are being considered for the ‘Winter Blues’ edition in mid-January.

Winning story – Best Poetry Category

Remus’ Christmas - by Claire Brown

Remus the husky waited every year
With bated breath, and joyful cheer;
For the time of snow and fun
When he could watch the rabbits run.
He hoped so much to join the fray
But he never got his way.
Until one Christmas he did meet
A jolly man with a curious fleet.
Flying deers were something new
This was the challenge he wanted to pursue.
Oh, those deers wouldn’t stand a chance
Against this husky’s focused glance.
They took off, and he did follow
Biting off more than he could swallow.
For those deers were quiet and quick
Pulling their sleigh with a spritely St Nick.
Though Remus tumbled, he was still a good boy
And in the end Santa brought oh so many new toys.
As he looked up to the sky as they left that night;
Remus made his plans for their next year’s flight.

If you’d like to read more stories that have been submitted, please visit the Red Deer Arts Council’s contest page for full details. You can also find out how to submit your own entry for the “Winter Blues” edition that is due January 15, 2024! 

Enjoy reading the top stories between now and December 22 on your coffee cup when visiting Café Millennium, 4909 49 Street.