The Importance of Proper Diplomacy when Engaging Rival Governments for the Purposes of an Official Treaty, by Exilo
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Twilight travels with Celestia to the Griffin Kingdom--the first time Twilight has ever gone, and the first time Celestia has come in a thousand years, since Equestria defeated the griffons in war.
A few thoughts: I really liked the idea of this story, and there are some wonderful moments. Exilio clearly put a lot of thought into the worldbuilding surrounding and infusing this story, and the varying ways that little bits of culture and behavioral expectations are sprinkled in is the highlight of the story. Unfortunately, Twilight's voice as a narrator is pretty weak, bouncing between strangely stilted and questionably casual. The result is things like a (surprisingly touching) description of a griffon opera/tragedy being immediately followed by Twilight gratefully thinking "At least I don't feel like a wuss" when she sees that everyone else is touched, too.
Recommendation: If writing isn't a big issue for you, this is a definite recommendation based on the strength of the culture, history, and civilization-building on display. But if regular word/structural errors or weak character voicing bother you, the appeal will be somewhat diminished.
Honey Pie, by Deistar
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Scoots and Sweetie eat honey pie.
A few thoughts: Despite the lovey-dovey picture, this isn't a shipping story. It's not much of an anything story, really; it's mostly about ponies having a picnic and talking, and while some of what those ponies talk about has the potential to lead somewhere, little is done with any of it. Scootaloo's internal monologue is also more than a little wonky, but she and Sweetie sound pretty good when they speak aloud.
Recommendation: This is about 5k words of fluffy non-event. So, while it's probably not going to be worth seeking out to readers looking for a story, it might be if you're interested in simply spending some time with the characters.
Spiders and Famine, by BewhoUr
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Applejack calms down Applebloom when the latter is panicked by a spider in her bedroom.
A few thoughts: This is mostly a vehicle to deliver a moral... but frankly, it's kind of a weird moral. Basically, it's casting worrying about spiders as an Equestrian version of a first-world problem, and while it's not done in a mean-spirited way or anything, I've never really been fond of the idea of first-world problems. Yes, there are people who would be grateful to have your new iPhone even though it's the wrong color... but that's not the reason why you shouldn't get so worked up over your new iPhone being the wrong color, and that kind of argument often gets perverted to shut down legitimate grievances (actual quote from someone I know, a couple years back: "I don't get why gay people can't quit complaining about not being able to marry. It used to be that black people couldn't even vote! Gay people have it easy compared to black people."). The fic itself has some editing issues, but nothing that impedes on readability. And in any case, if this story's basically all in the service of delivering a lesson, then it's fair to say that it delivers that lesson well, all my fussing about the moral notwithstanding. And besides, I can kind of see "don't complain unless you have it worse than anyone else" being an Apple family standby, if I squint at it right.
Recommendation: If you're looking for a bit of flash fiction about the Apple Family's ethic, then this might scratch that itch. If you're the type of person who's going to think too much about the message and then get annoyed, then this probably isn't for