"Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book." - Stéphane Mallarmé
It's Time for Susanna Leonard Hill's 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest!
This contest has special significance for me. After posting last year's entry about a new sibling surprise, I went into labor and delivered my son! I look forward to actually reading other entries this year. Thank you Susanna for a wonderful tradition!
2018 Prompt: Write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children 12 and under using the words shiver, cauldron, and howl.
When we moved on Halloween, nobody warned us about the house on the hill with blue shutters and a white picket fence.
Purple lights blinked and pumpkin grins glowed. The doorbell howled like a wolf. A witch with a cauldron opened the door.
“Trick or treat!”
We reached into the cauldron for a treat, but got a trick instead. We shrieked and shivered at the horror in our hands as we sprinted home.
“Did you get any candy?” Mom asked.
We shook our heads and opened our hands. Instead of sweets, the house on the hill gave out…carrots.
Friend in Flight
by Amanda Sincavage
Your wings are so symmetrical; their colors so divine.
I want to be your friend in flight. Will you be my valentine?
The chocolates were fruit-filled…and quite yummy!
I ate them all! Then, got an upset tummy.
Time to cocoon!
Let’s meet at noon
on Valentine’s Day.
See you soon!
Look at my beautiful wings! Oh, be still my heart!
Though, I am sorry we spent Valentine’s Day apart.
Hopefully still yours,
Thank you for the soaring soiree –
my best ever Valentine’s Day!
It's Time for Susanna Leonard Hill's 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest
2017 Prompt: Write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children 12 and under using the words candy corn, monster, and shadow.
Candy's Tiny Surprise
Candy Corn loved black cats and witchy cackles.
She loved monsters, mummies, ghosts, and ghouls.
Most of all, she loved spooky surprises.
Her parents promised her a big one this Halloween!
With a bag full of treats, Candy was ready for a trick.
Her eyes widened when she saw her dimly-lit house and heard…wailing?
Could it be a Halloween surprise party?
She slid through the shadows to the front door. CREAK!
Candy crept down the hall toward hushed voices.
She popped through the door and said, “Happy Halloween!”
“Shhhh!” her mom said.
“The baby’s sleeping. Surprise, you’re a big sister!”
I love participating in Susanna's writing contests, but wasn't sure I would have the opportunity this year. Like Candy, my daughter will become a big sister any day, and we are all wondering if baby will be a Halloween surprise!
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who commented, and I apologize for not visiting your blogs to read your amazing stories. Though it wasn't a Halloween surprise, we were excited to welcome a new baby to our family on the very day I shared this story. Our surprise was the gender -- it's a boy! Thanks again for the wonderful support - the Kidlit writing community is incredible!
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