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The 5th Annual Valentiny Contest -FINALISTS!!!

Susanna Leonard Hill

Every time I run a contest I have a great time reading fabulous entries from writers who have entered my contests before and being dazzled by new writers who are entering for the first time, visiting blogs I’ve been to many times and blogs I’m seeing for the first time, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, and generally being blown away by the collective talent (and peer support) in the kid lit community.

It is SO MUCH FUN!

And everything is as lovely as lovely can be. . .

. . . right up until I have to choose the finalists!

Then, all of a sudden, I find myself saying, “Why? Why do I do this to myself?”

and, “Whose idea was this ANYWAY?!”

and “GAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!”

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Because you are all creative geniuses, and your work is spectacular, but there are only 12 prizes.

So somehow the other judges…

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The Stinky Valentine

Happy Valentiny everyone! I’m so excited for another one of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny writing contests. This year the theme was curiosity. The rules entailed writing a 214 word story in which someone feels curious. “The curiosity may be about a person, place, thing, quality, idea, event, or about whether something will happen or something is true or real, or anything else under the sun…”

I had so much fun writing my entry. If you want to learn a bit more about this contest, post your own entry, or if you just want to remain anonymous and read some really fun Valentiny’s, then sit back, grab some of that Valentine chocolate you’ve been hiding, and head on over here.

I hope you enjoy my story. It comes in at 212 words!

The Stinky Valentine

The box arrived,
we stood and stared.
It smelled so bad,
that no one dared,
to pick it up
or sniff their nose,
the contents likely decomposed.

The box was wrapped
with bows, and hearts,
a Valentine
that smelled like farts!

It was addressed
to our whole family,
posted from
our favorite Grammy.
But why would Grammy
send a cache
that smelled like
weeks old, rotting trash?

I don’t think that’s
a Valentine’s treat,
it smells like Grandpa’s
stinky feet!

Mom called out
for Volunteers,
but we replied
with loud Bronx cheers!

Mom grabbed the box,
and held her nose,
tore off the hearts,
ribbons, and bows.

We all leaned in,
a tight knit squeeze,
and eyed a block
of blue veined cheese!

“Ewww,” we cried!
Quite displeased,
to find this marbled,
Valentine Cheese!

Then “Knock, Knock, Knock”
tapped like a score,
from the knocker
on our door.

Now who is that?
We went to see,
why,
Mr. Mouse’s Family,
who held a box
adorned with hearts,
that smelled divine,
and not like farts.

“I think this box belongs to you!”
It seems the post
mixed-up the two,
and no offense,
but this box reeks
of sickly, sugary,
doughy treats.”

We all laughed,
relieved to find,
a much more palatable
Valentine!

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Valentiny Time!

I can’t believe it’s already February! You know what that means? It is time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny Writing Contest! Not sure what that is? Head over here to read up on all the contest rules. We have to write a tiny (Valen-tiny), 214 word story where somebody is feeling curious. I can tell you right now I’m so curious as to how I’m going to tackle this story idea. So if you’re feeling a little curious, check out Susanna’s website so you can enter a curiosity of your own. Until then…happy writing. See you back here by the 14th!

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9th Annual Holiday Contest: The Evil Dr. Gerbil Steals Christmas

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…so I can get cozy on the couch and start reading Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Contest story entries. Not sure where to find them? Head on over here to read all about the contest and find the links to all the entries. I managed to squeak my story in at the last minute, and at 249 words!

It’s time to see what my beloved (or not so beloved) The Evil Dr. Gerbil is up to. When we last left off The Evil Dr. Gerbil managed to escape from prison again with the help of his on again, off again, girlfriend Patty Partridge, a stolen enchanted cauldron, and a little magic. Inspector Wallaby put his best agent, Wonder Weasel, on the case.

Fox Breaking News

An international gerbil-hunt is in effect after elves from the North Pole reported Santa’s sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer stolen. Bits of rodent droppings, and traces of pear were found at the scene, Investigators believe this to be the work of The Evil Dr. Gerbil, and his on again, off again girlfriend Patty Partridge.

 Story at 11…

“Oh Gerbs, you truly are the Evilest villain in town!”

“This is my greatest work yet, Patty! I’ve stolen Christmas…Christmas! No presents, no smiling children, no stockings by the chimney. Let’s see what those miserable critics have to say about me now!”

 Fox News Alert…

The 5 Golden Ring Avian Gang reported being knocked out of the sky this evening by a fast moving sleigh, believed to be piloted by The Evil Dr. Gerbil.

Our Fox reporter interviewed the fowled Fowl, who had this to say,

“It was that filthy rodent!”

Back to you in the studio…

Thank you Ralph. Children are bracing for this global crisis; Wonder Weasel has been called to investigate.

Meanwhile back at Police Headquarters…

 “Yes Santa…we’re wor…I under…of cour…CLICK! Wonder Weasel, please tell me you have a plan?”

“Yes Inspector Wallaby. I have a plan to return Santa’s sleigh, and put that rodent back in his cage…”

Fox Breaking News

Santa’s sleigh and eight tiny reindeer have been located on a small reindeer treat farm in upstate NY. The Evil Dr. Gerbil remains at large. Investigators are collecting DNA and paw-print evidence at the scene.

Stay Tuned…

 

Hope you all have a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

 

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9th Annual Holiday Contest

Wake up from your Turkey slumber, it’s time to write! Susanna Leonard Hill is at it again, with her 9th Annual Holiday Contest. Not sure what that is? Well, take a sneak peek here and read all about it. Last year I was too busy with Grad school papers to participate, but this year I’m free, and looking forward to writing more stories. So on that note, time to get writing…

Hope to see you in the contest too!

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Halloweensie 2019: Spiders Prey

Happy Halloweensie everyone! I’m so excited Halloweensie is finally here. This is my absolute, favorite time of the year. Perhaps it’s because I was born in the fall, but I just love this season. The air is cool, and crisp, the leaves are brilliant shades of crimson, and gold, and Susanna Leonard Hill posts her fabulous writing contest that completes the spirit of the season. If you don’t know who Susanna Leonard Hill is, or what this Halloweensie thing is all about, head on over here to check it out.

Please take the time to read as many of the Halloweensie entries as you can, because the talent is always amazing, and the stories do not disappoint. This year’s word prompts are: Cobweb, Potion, and trick. You can find my entry below coming in at exactly 100 words! I hope you enjoy it, and thanks so much for stopping by.

I woke wrapped in a cobweb,
an icky-sticky food-bed,
I shivered with impending dread,
as Spider crawled my way.

My mind raced in slow motion,
reminded of that potion,
that superstitious notion,
the old witch passed my way.

That craggy, hag spoke slickly,
of a get-rich scheme, so quickly,
I responded coxcombically,
now in this web I lay.

I should have seen it coming,
An All Hallows Eve witch summing,
of an evil trick forthcoming,
making me the spiders prey.

To think I turned down candy
falling victim to that bandy,
beastly’s modus operandi,
now a spider’s webbed buffet!

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9th Annual Halloweensie Contest

Get ready ghosts and goblins, All Hallow’s Eve is soon upon us, and you know what that means right?

Evil tricks and yummy treats?

Cavity laden teeth?

Blackmail worthy costumes?

Nooooo….it means it’s time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 9th annual Halloweensie writing contest. Not sure what that is? Head on over here to read all about it. I can’t wait to read all the wonderful entries, and to submit my own. Hope to see your story there!