"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.
When all the sets you previously made are thrown into a pile and the instruction manuals are collecting dust, it is time to take what you have learned and create something from nothing!
Just like the blank page or screen, I have stared at the LEGO pile with no ideas in mind. At my daughter’s incessant urging, I pick up a couple bricks, then a couple more. And soon enough, we have created Santa’s village or a community library with a neighborhood park or that elusive first draft.
If I had not put my butt-in-chair and tried something, Santa would not have had a workshop to build toys, the LEGO kids would miss story time, and my drafts would never have been written.
It’s time for Vivian Kirkfield’s #50PreciousWords writing challenge inspired by the birthday of Theodore Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. Check out the guidelines and my entries below. Head over to Vivian's blog Picture Books Help Kids Soar to read more. Visit my entry from last year here.
The challenge: "Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, using only 50 words…they can all be different words, or you can use some of them over and over…just as long as the total word count of the story is 50 or less."
MARY HAD A LITTLE JAM
Mary had a little jam,
a secret recipe from Gram.
Mary entered the Grand Jam Slam.
Judges Pam and Sam tasted it with yam and ham.
The hot pepper flavor hit with a…BAM!
The judges could’ve drank up a dam.
The winner was NOT Mary’s Wham Jam.
Sheila was sure she’d never been sleepier.
Her body sunk into bed.
Her head nestled the pillow.
But, instead of a snore, she let out an…
Sheila wiped her nose and nestled deeper.
But, instead of a snore, she heard a…
Sheila snuggled her kitty pillow and…
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