Well I’m excited to announce that I made it to Round 2 in the March Madness Poetry Competition! Head on over here to read some great poems and place your vote! This has been such a fun experience; there are so many talented writers, and amazing poems to read.
I’m so excited to announce that I will be competing in the 2018 March Madness Poetry competition beginning TODAY! 64 Authletes (Writer athletes) will be competing against each other for the title, and the grand prize: The Thinkier trophy pictured above. Head over today and sign up to read, vote, and have fun!
The match up brackets mimic basketball’s March Madness brackets. The Authletes are provided a single vocabulary word (think SAT/GRE Vocab.) and must create a poem suitable for children, within a defined character limit (Not Easy!). This is my first year entering and I am so excited, and nervous. There is so much great talent participating. I will be writing under my proper name: Jean O’Connor
Wish me luck!
The Valentiny winners have been chosen and I’m so happy for the winner Mary Warth with her amazingly well written, piece titled “Red” (my personal favorite). If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I’ll post it below since I don’t think Mary has a website. I’m proud to say my story The Princess Frog won honorable mention. Thank you to Susanna and her judges for all their hard work and dedication. If you want to see the list of the all the winners go here. Until next year…
She read my face,
with just one look.
My bright red face-
an open book!
She read my face
And now she knows.
I sent the card,
without my name.
but now my face
takes all the blame.
She read them all
And now she knows.
I hope that what my good friend read,
will please, please stay inside her head!
She gave a nod, a smile, a wink.
My bright red face cooled down to pink.
The Valentiny finalists have been selected and now it’s time to vote! Though I didn’t make the final cut this year, I’m happy and excited for all the writers who did. There were some great stories! Head on over to Susanna’s site here, and vote for your favorite Valentiny!
It’s time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 3rd annual Valentiny writing contest. Not sure what a Valentiny is? Well you can find out all about it here.
The theme is hope. Now, who doesn’t feel a little hopeful around Valentine’s Day. I know what I’ll be hoping for…Diamonds? Chocolate? A new motorcycle? A great idea for a Valentiny story?
What will you be hoping for?
Storystorm time is here! What is that you ask? Why it’s Tara Lazar’s annual writing inspiration…30 ideas in 30 days. Head over here to learn all about it and to register. You only have until January 9th before registration is closed. It’s a new year, and time for new story ideas. Join in on the fun, and who knows, you may just have a book idea when your done. Good luck to all the entrants. Happy New Year, and Happy Writing!
Hi All. I’m so excited! Another year has passed, and once again it is time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s annual Halloweensie writing contest. You can find all the rules and regulations here. If writing isn’t your thing, then please make sure to head here and read all the fabulous stories. I am always blown away by all the wonderful, and creative entries. It is amazing what writers can do with only 100 words. I have decided to revive my lovable (or not so lovable) Evil Dr. Gerbil for this Halloween special. In case you don’t remember, The Evil Dr. Gerbil hasn’t been seen since his prison escape last Christmas. I hope you enjoy my entry.
The Evil Dr. Gerbil and the Halloween Heist
FOX NEWS ALERT: Halloween Heist!
Halloween trick-or-treaters reported being held up for their candy corn cache last night. One group of children described the shadow of a rodent creeping up from behind demanding all of their candy corn.
Inspector Wallaby believes The Evil Dr. Gerbil, and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Patty Partridge, who is known to have a monstrous sweet tooth, are responsible.
Bits of feathers, and rodent droppings were found at the scene and have been sent to the DNA lab for further testing. Wonder Weasel is flying in to assist.
Stay tuned to Fox News for further updates…
If you love rhyming picture books as much as I do, and want to join Angie Karcher’s Rhyme Revolution, then head here to get started. Angie has a great line up for the month of April. You won’t be disappointed.
Hope to see you there!
Well everyone the 12 Valentiny finalists have been chosen, and although I did not make the final cut, there are 12 really fantastic stories that did. So please head here and cast your vote. The talent was incredible, and the competition fierce. I voted for my favorite, and it wasn’t easy, because I had a few!
Of course there would be no contest without Susanna and her crew, so a heartfelt thank you goes out to each and everyone of them who devote their time and energy into making these writing contests so much fun.
Picture book idea month (PiBoIdMo) is back, and with a new identity. Tara Lazar, the famous host of PiBoIdMo has once again challenged writers to a 30 day story idea, brainstorming session officially renamed Storystorm. Registration begins today. Head on over to Tara’s site to register, and who knows, one of your ideas may just be the next best seller!
Good luck to you!