Contest Entry Example

LETTER FROM SANTA CLAUS EXAMPLE:

(You can see that all of the details we gave about Jessie on the Contest page have been included.) This is a bare bones example of about 200 words. Be creative and fill in details about your character’s life to make your letter(s) closer to the 300 word maximum. We’re looking for fresh new ideas that we’ve never seen before. Research your characters and their holidays for background information you can include to make the letters more interesting to children that receive them. Include traditions you associate with the holidays.


Merry Christmas, Jessie!

I am writing to thank you for being such a good girl this year. I was so happy when your Mommy and Daddy told me about you earning a spot on the Honor Roll, and also that you were so good at washing the dishes. Not every 8-year old is as good!

Are you having fun getting ready for Christmas? All of us here at the North Pole have been extremely busy. The elves are frantically finishing up the last of the toys for me to take on Christmas Eve, along with a surprise for you, and gifts for Jimmy and Janie too! Mrs. Claus helped me put new jingle bells on the sleigh today. I hope they won’t wake you when I visit you at 123 Main Street.

I can hardly wait for Christmas Eve. I enjoy my flight around the world as much as you like playing video games…maybe even more! Have you gotten any snow where you live in Fairfield? I bet Fido and Fluffy would have fun in the snow.

Well, Jessie, I must end this letter now because I am meeting Father Time for lunch. Have fun on your vacation from Parkhurst Academy. Please wish your friends, Tommy, Susie, and Johnny, season’s greetings for me!

Your pal,

Santa Claus


*Santa Claus/Christmas is not an available category. This example is simply to show you how Jessie’s info can be incorporated into the body of your letter(s). If Santa wanted to lengthen his letter he could talk about the games his reindeer play, his favorite seasonal foods and cookies, what movies he looks forward to watching, his favorite carol he likes to sing, or the toys that the elves are making. Note how Jessie’s information can easily be replaced with another child’s information and the letter still makes sense:


Merry Christmas, Logan!

I am writing to thank you for being such a good boy this year. I was so happy when your Mommy and Daddy told me about you getting the role of President Roosevelt in Annie, and also that you were so good at keeping your room clean. Not every 10-year old is as good!

Are you having fun getting ready for Christmas? All of us here at the North Pole have been extremely busy. The elves are frantically finishing up the last of the toys for me to take on Christmas Eve, along with a surprise for you, and gifts for Hunter too! Mrs. Claus helped me put new jingle bells on the sleigh today. I hope they won’t wake you when I visit you at 805 Jackson Street.

I can hardly wait for Christmas Eve. I enjoy my flight around the world as much as you like playing football…maybe even more! Have you gotten any snow where you live in Portland? I bet Orion and Osiris would have fun in the snow.

Well, Logan, I must end this letter now because I am meeting Father Time for lunch. Have fun on your vacation from Vinci Park Elementary. Please wish your friends, Chase, Rock, and Brandon, season’s greetings for me!

Your pal,

Santa Claus