Entering contests is a great exercise in creative writing. It hones your writing skills, brings you into fellowship with other writers and helps you gain courage to put your work out there. For the past three years, I’ve been participating in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Writing Contests – today begins;
The Contest: Write a children’s story about a Holiday Mishap, mix-up, miscommunication, mistake, or potential disaster (a la Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer :)). Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 350 words.
A letter came for me today.
Dear Jack O’Lantern, don’t delay.
Please come to Santa right away
And help make balls and bikes and clay.
A strong wind blows – I rock, I roll.
I barely miss a huge mole hole.
No hole will stop me from my goal
Of elfing at the cold North Pole.
I cross the street – the light is red.
A tire almost hits my head.
I fear the car will squash me dead.
It pushes me along instead.
And in a muffin shop nearby,
The baker gives a battle cry.
She wants to put me in a pie.
I quickly tumble past – “Bye-bye!”
I see the lights of Santa’s shop.
I slip and slide and belly flop.
I’m turning like a spinning top.
What if I never ever stop?
I hear a jolly Ho-Ho-Ho.
It’s Santa standing in the snow.
He says, ‘The workshop’s down below.”
Elf Jack O’Lantern, come, let’s go!
I hope you enjoyed my little Christmas story – I’ll be linking up on Susanna’s website and you can go and read ALL of the amazing entries here. For the Halloweensie Contest, there were 79 stories!
A couple of important items to mention:
1. The Authors for the Philippines auction is over – they raised over 55,000 British pounds (not sure how many US dollars that is…but it is a lot!). I’ve just packed up a copy of my book that I donated – it is going to a mother of two in Staffordshire, England.
2. Please don’t forget the Kid Lit Giveaway Blog Hop Holiday Extravaganza that is still happening here and on 48 other blogs around the blogsphere. There are so many books and gift cards being given away.
3. I guest posted on the PreK and K Sharing Blog - one of the most incredible blog resources I have ever seen…please go and check them out.
4. Pull out those old manuscripts and dust them off – Meg Miller is hosting a challenge for the New Year – REVIMO will encourage you to REVISE – REVISE – REVISE. There will be prizes, inspiration and information.
5. And, one more reminder about the limited time only Holiday Sale of my book on Amazon – only $10!
- December Contest Round-up (subitclub.wordpress.com)
- Getting Things Done? When? (clarbojahn.wordpress.com)
- How I Got My Agent: Alayne Kay Christian (sylvialiuland.com)
- No Fee Fiction Contest – Win Money – Get Published (kathytemean.wordpress.com)
- A Picture Book Is Worth A Thousand Words (teacherlingo.com)
Hurray…I have a children’s book review to add to the Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contribute, please go here.
The temperature here in New Hampshire has turned colder…so I’m stoking up the fire for you…pull up a chair and get cozy because I have A SURPRISE FOR YOU!
I’m participating in the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Holiday Extravaganza, sponsored by Youth Literature Reviews: and
There are dozens of book-loving bloggers who are offering giveaways of books, gift cards and other neat prizes.
Please viiit them for a chance to WIN! The Giveaway runs from Monday, December 6 through December 13.
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I’m happy to say I completed Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo).
I now have more than 30 ideas for new picture books – some good, some bad and some downright ugly!
The inspiration: read 30+ posts by authors, illustrators and others who are successful in the field of kid lit.
Some days it was hard to make the time to read the post and comment…but I didn’t miss a day.
My family thought it was hysterical every time I jumped up from the dinner table and ran willy-nilly to grab my PiBoIdMo notebook and jot down a phrase or catchy book title.
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Please check out the lovely post Barbara did this morning. Corner on Character is an awesome blog that encourages parents and teachers to help their kids develop an awareness of the importance of reaching out and helping others.
I loved that Barbara used the SHOW ME HOW FORMULA to combine a picture book story, craft and cooking activity for a fun time with kids.
Thanks so much, Barbara…I really appreciate you spreading the word about the HUGE HOLIDAY SALE going on right now on Amazon. ONLY $10 A COPY…and if you order 2 copies, I’ll mail them priority so you will have them in time for the holidays.
Holiday shopping can be very stressful, especially if you have little ones along for the ride. Internet shopping can make life easier…and items you find in online catalogs are only a click away. Shopping with the major retailers like Amazon gives you peace of mind…they guarantee satisfaction and will intercede if there is a problem with the transaction.
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