I am pleased to share my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 9th annual writing contest. The full details and rules can be found here: Halloweensie Contest – the fine print
This is a wonderful way to connect with other picture book writers and there are some amazing prizes, too. The basic rules are that the story must be 100 words or less not including the title, no illustrations or illustration notes, and must include the words potion, cobweb, and trick.
Here’s my story.
Cooking up Halloween Decorations (96 words)
While Mama slept, Casey and I decorated for Halloween.
Melt sugar, water, and corn syrup into spun sugar.
Drizzle spirals on parchment paper. Drape from the doorframe.
Spooky, delicious cobwebs.
“Don’t eat them yet!” Casey warned.
Black whip licorice and jumbo gumdrops create perfect spiders.
“Stop eating the licorice, Randy. We need eight legs for each spider.”
Hang them from the cobwebs.
Warm the milk.
“Yes, drink up.”
Mama appeared in the doorway framed by spiders.
“Treat!” We all shout.
If you want to make your own candy web, check this out. spun sugar spider web
Spring in 150 words or less? A contest? Sure, I’ll give it a whirl!
The Promise of Spring
The first warm day brings the promise of hope. Bulbs planted months ago poke through the ground. Colors appear. We bend to admire them, catching the scent of hyacinth. Deep breath, eyes closed. Senses awakened. The warmth of the sun and longer days create a vibrant garden. Spring is our favorite.
Winter laughs, she’s not ready to leave. Snow! Snow covers our beautiful new garden. Sadness fills our hearts. Will our crocus and tulips survive? Are the hyacinth wishing they waited? We cheer for spring to win this battle.
Sun to the rescue. Using gentle persuasion, Sun dismisses all traces of snow. Our battle weary blooms recover, then wither. Their leaves provide nutrients for next year’s flowers.
New growth continues. Ducks waddle in pairs near the pond, trees unfurl fresh leaves, and the return of music from the branches delights us once again.
Spring delivers on her promise.
For more about the contest Check this out!
I’ve created an entry for #50PreciousWords This contest is offered by Vivian Kirkfield. I’ve been lucky to be part of Vivian’s debut year, she has three books coming out and I have one, but who’s counting? We met through Picture Book Buzz which is a fantastic group of authors and illustrators. The contest runs through March 6, if you’d like to enter.
Sitting Atop the World
Together. Like a team. We climb.
Feel the strength underfoot.
My hand waits, if you need it. Reach for blue sky.
The branches are like stairs. We climb.
The tree holds us, hugs us, loves us.
Lean my way. Feel the sun’s warmth. Beauty surrounds us.
Sitting atop the world.