2

6th Annual Valentiny Contest: The Evil Dr. Gerbil and The Case of the Missing Candy Hearts

Welcome to the 6th annual Valentiny writing contest hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill.  If you’re not familiar with this contest, then head on over here to read all about it, and while you’re there, check out all of the amazing, and talented entries. This years theme is about bravery.

It’s hard to be brave when The Evil Dr. Gerbil is at large…

My story comes in at exactly 214 words…whew!

The Evil Dr. Gerbil and The Case of the Missing Candy Hearts

A malodorous cloud was detected wafting out of the Gimme Some Sugar candy heart factory. Anonymous sources reported seeing several suspicious characters lurking nearby. This pestilent pack denies any involvement:

Investigators at the scene, afraid to enter the fetid factory, called on Wonder Weasel to investigate.

Willing to brave the stinky stench, Wonder Weasel, with his keen olfactory powers, traced the offensive odor to a pile of fetid, foul, funky smelling counterfeit candy.

The Evil Dr. Gerbil is being sought for questioning for his alleged involvement in the candy heart heist, and still remains a suspect with his on again, off again, girlfriend Patty Partridge in the Halloween candy corn case.

Meanwhile Back at Police Headquarters…

“That was a brave thing going into that rotten, rodent’s crime scene Wonder Weasel.”

“Think nothing of it Inspector Wallaby. That rank, stench traces right back to his secret lair.”

In a valorous, undercover operation, Wonder Weasel apprehended The Evil Dr. Gerbil. Piles of stolen candy hearts were recovered. An ambulance arrived when Patty Partridge was discovered at the bottom of the candy heart cache lying in a confectionary coma.

The Evil Dr. Gerbil was placed in police custody, pending criminal charges. Wonder Weasel declined to make a statement, but was overheard saying,

“You dirty rat!”

Hope you enjoyed the ongoing adventures of Wonder Weasel and The Evil Dr. Gerbil.

 

0

Valentiny Writing Contest 2021

Just when you thought you were done with writing contents, here comes another one from my favorite children’s book author and hostess, Susanna Leonard Hill. It’s time for the 2021 Valentiny Writing Contest. Don’t know what that is; head on over here for all the info.

This year’s Valentiny story is looking for someone brave. Well, we need as much bravery as possible in our world right now! The contest details can be found below. Happy writing!

Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone feels brave!  They can be brave about asking someone to be their Valentine, of course, but they can also do something brave to get a Valentine (the person or the gift), or do something brave to help a friend. They could be brave about giving something up, or brave about asking someone they’re not sure about for some reason to be nice. . . sky’s the limit!  Think beyond the obvious!  Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes someone brave (can be the main character but doesn’t have to be) and is 214 words (get it? 2/14 for Valentines Day) Post your story on your blog between 12:00 AM EDT Friday February 12th and Sunday February 14th by 11:59 PM EDT

26

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!

33

2nd Annual Valentiny Writing Contest

valentinywriting-contest2017Ready to escape the winter blues?  Then join in on Susanna Leonard Hill’s 2nd annual Valentiny Writing Contest.  Don’t know how…click here to learn all about it.  Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love.  It’s also that time of the year that brings a little light to our dark and dreary winters (especially if you live in the Northeast like me).  What better way to share a little love and light than in this fun, creative, and inspiring writing contest.  If you don’t write, then I would highly recommend you go here to view all of the creative story entries…and don’t worry each story is 214 words or less so you’ll have plenty of time to read them all!

Thanks again to Susanna and her helpers for hosting all of these amazing writing challenges, and all their time and effort sorting, reading, and deciding on all the fabulous entries.

Here is my entry at exactly 214 words!

broken_heart_by_starry_eyedkid-1

The Tattle-Tale Heart

         It was late; I worked secretly in my room making a special Valentine. At breakfast the next morning I felt secure my Valentine was the best-kept secret until my little brother Edgar came running into the room holding something heart shaped.

Allan has a girlfriend…” Edgar sang.

“Give that back you little tattle-tale!” I screamed.

“What’s this I hear about a girlfriend?” Mom asked.

My cheeks burned hot.

I grabbed the Valentine from Edgar and ran to my room. I tossed it under the loose floorboards in my closet. At school I could feel my heart pounding in my chest…lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub…

After school I ran to pull up the floorboards to fix the broken Valentine but it was gone. “Huh?” Where could it be?

On Valentine’s Day I sat alone. I reached inside my desk for my book, but hit something crunchy. What is that? I pulled out my Valentine, perfectly put back together. Confused, I looked around the room when I spied a little head peeking in the classroom door window. It was Edgar! He smiled; I couldn’t believe it.

I walked up to Poenelope and gave her my special Valentine. Now it was her turn to burn.

Edgar gave me the thumbs-up and disappeared.

This was the best Valentine’s Day ever!

250674_414847498598842_2090128818_n