#50PreciousWords Writing Challenge WINNERS!!!!!!

#50PRECIOUSWORDS WRITING CHALLENGE BY THE NUMBERS

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#50: Number of words each story can contain.

#251: Number of fabulous stories entered.

#234: Number of courageous writers (some did more than one story).

#2100: Number of comments on this blog post.

#3: Number of hours of sleep I got the last few nights.

#1: Number of stories created about me. WHAT’S THAT YOU SAY? SOMEONE WROTE A STORY ABOUT ME? Yes, indeed. Fellow-writer Debbie Vidovich gives a nod to the wonderful Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On.

Vivian Reads On by Debbie Vidovich

In a chair in a room,

Of her great big house,

Through a pile of stories,

But without her spouse.

Snuggled in a throw,

With her specs on tight,

She reads through the day,

And she reads through the night.

Stories so cute, so sad, so sweet.

That her heart feels full, she says,

“What a treat!”

Eyes grow weary and her head goes plop, but

Vivian reads on.

On she reads through stories galore,

Til she picks a winner and can snore once more.

 

Elizabeth Barret Browning wrote, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways?”

Let me count the ways I love all of you.

  • You accepted the challenge.
  • You wrote your story.
  • You put your work out there for the world to see.
  • You generously and kindly commented on the other stories. Many of you lifted up other writers by commenting on dozens and dozens and dozens of stories. And I saw some names over and over again…your fellow-writers are grateful for your support.
  • You taught me so much. I learned about Pangolins from Christina Rowe and Periwinkle snails from Beth Gallagher. Joanne Roberts shone a spotlight on a mule-riding, cigar-smoking, former slave woman. And Cathy Stenquist invented a new language (tip of the hat to Du Iz Tak?).
  • Special thanks to Maria Marshall, my other set of eyes…Maria graciously agreed to join me in reading ALL of the entries so she could help me make difficult decisions. And she commented on just about every story. Your help was much appreciated, Maria! I’m extremely grateful.
  • Many of you commented that this was the FIRST time you had ever submitted your work or entered a writing contest or challenge…I am honored that you felt my platform was a place where you felt safe and comfortable. I hope you always feel that way.
  • EVERY story I read has the potential to be published…to become a book that a child will connect with. I’m really serious! I hope whether your story placed in the top thirty or not, you will PURSUE it…think about if it should be expanded. Or not (some were perfect at just 50 words). Send it to critique buddies. Because your stories are unique…with universal truths that all children can relate to. I was blown away by the quality of the entries. You did NOT make this easy for me. There were heart-wrenching stories about refugees and illness. There were hilarious stories that twisted the tongue and caused me to laugh so hard, my stomach ached.

 

These were the rules:

  1. 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 for the story is 50 or less.
  2. It can be prose, rhyme, free verse, silly or serious…whatever works for you.
  3. Title is not included in the word count.
  4. No illustration notes please.

Are you wondering what MY guidelines were in choosing the winners?

  • Child-friendly/appropriate (EVERY ENTRY WAS)
  • 50 words or less (EVERY ENTRY WAS)
  • Had a beginning, a middle, and end…with a story arc or concept that made sense.
  • If it was rhyming, the rhyme had to be pretty spot on…no inverted phrasing or frivolous words just to make the rhyme work.
  • If it was a concept book, like a counting story, it still had to have a thread that pulled it together and some quality that would make it stand out.
  • The beginning needed to hook me and make me want to keep reading.
  • The ending needed to be satisfying whether it was an ah-ha, a haha, or an aww moment. (tip of the hat to the incredible Linda Ashman, author of dozens of books, including a fantastic writing craft book, The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books).
  • Readability…I had to want to read it over and over again…and being a good read-aloud was important for the stories that were geared for the very young crowd.
  • And of course, since as you all know, this is a very subjective business, in the end, I had to like it, love it, and connect to it.
  • You’d think, with all of these necessary elements, there would have only been a few stories that rose to the top. But no. There were so many, I had to make painful cuts. Which is why I urge EVERYONE to take their story and work on it and make it the best it can be. Vet it with your critique partners. And send it to agents or editors. Because I read a whole bunch of promising children’s books that are lurking in your #50PreciousWords.

 

Thanks to generous kid lit mentors, we have some wonderful prizes. I had planned to award 21 prizes, but I just could not distill the winner’s pool to less than 40. First-place winner gets first pick of whichever prize he/she wants. Email me and I will connect you with the prize donor. And then second place gets to pick. And so on. So please be patient…it may take some time to work our way through the list. As I had mentioned previously, books, unless they are e-books will be mailed to U.S. addresses only.

  1. A critique from my beloved agent, Essie White.

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  1. A seat in author Susanna Leonard Hill’s amazing Making Picture Book Magic online writing class (the first writing class I ever took and it set me on the path of writing wonderful picture book manuscripts).

mpbm3. A seat in author Kristen Fulton’s incredible Nonfiction Archaeology online writing class (that was the class that opened the door for me to discover the joy of writing nonfiction picture books).

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4. Coupon for 50% off author Alayne Kay Christian’s ART OF THE ARC online writing class (this is the next class I would love to take).

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5. Or, if you have already taken Alayne’s wonderful class, you can choose a coupon for 50% off an in-depth critique from Alayne Kay Christian (when Alayne says it is an in-depth critique, she isn’t kidding. I had one of those…it is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious).

6. A seat in one of the KidLitCollege webinars (I’ve attended a few and they are FABULOUS!) OR $19.99 off a critique, donated by Jodell Sadler, JCLA Editorial Agent and Founder of KidLitCollege. Winner choses one and will get a special code.

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7. A manuscript or query letter critique from author Rebecca Colby.

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8. A picture book manuscript critique from author Lori Degman.

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9. A picture book critique from author Anna Forrester.

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10. A fiction picture book critique from author Ariel Bernstein

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11. A picture book critique from author Rosie Pova

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12. A picture book critique from Maria Marshall.

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13. A book on the craft of writing from Rosie Pova

 

14. A copy of Bunny’s Book Club from Annie Silvestro.

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15. A book on the craft of writing from author Maria Marshall

Writing with Pictures by Uri Shulevitz

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16. A copy ofHello, My Name is Tiger from author/illustrator Jennifer P. Goldfinger.

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17. A copy of LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL plus an adorable SEAL NECKLACE from author/illustrator Patricia Keeler.

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18. A copy of CLAMS ALL YEAR by Maryann Cocca-Leffler.

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19. A SUPER HAPPY book prize package from author Marcie Colleen with copies of Super Happy Party Bears Gnawing Around and Super Happy Party Bears Knock Knock on Wood.

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20. A copy of Mutt’s Promise,  a middle grade dog adventure written by Julie Salomen…donated by author/illustrator Jill Weber.

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21. A signed copy of Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite by author Stacy McAnulty.

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22.A picture book critique from me and a copy of my parent-teacher book, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking.

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  1. through 40: A Kindle copy of one of the following books:

Picture Books the Write Way by Laura Purdie Salas

Rhyming Picture Books the Write Way by Laura Purdie Salas

Writing Children’s Books: 1001 Creative Prompts for Stories Kids Will Love by Anthony Fredericks

Writing Children’s Books: How to Generate Thousands of Creative Story Ideas by Anthony Fredericks

 

WOW! What a generous Kid Lit community we have! I’m grateful to all of the generous prize donors…I hope you all visit their websites and buy their books!

And this has been a long post…I’m sure you are ready to get up and stretch…maybe get a snack or go throw out the trash.

Oh wait…it seems I’ve forgotten something.

AND THE WINNERS OF THE 2ND ANNUAL #50PRECIOUSWORDS ARE:

IN ORDER OF THEIR PLACEMENT (which was incredibly hard to do)..WITH THEIR STORY (because with over 2100 comments, it would be pretty annoying to have to go and find them to read them):

 

  1. DIVERSITEA by Cheryl Kim

Fancy hats,

tasty treats-

sandwiches,

trays of sweets.

Sugar cubes,

porcelain cups,

etiquette-

pinky up!

Tea for two-

Mom and me.

Formal bow,

bamboo whisks,

tatami,

matcha mix.

Mini cup

in-between

two warm hands-

powdered green!

Tea for two-

Grandma and me.

Little lady

growing up,

Diversitea

within my cups!

 

2. INSIDE THE TIDE POOL: by Sam Altmann

 

Removed by request of author – going out on submission!!

3. Dog’s Best Friend by Jean James

Snow Dog,

Show Dog

Come on with me Dog.

Sleigh Dog,

Play Dog

Ride along with me Dog.

Run Dog,

Fall Dog

Hey! Bring back my mitten Dog.

Cold Dog,

Tired Dog

Let’s lay by the fire Dog.

Sleepy Dog,

Dreamy Dog

I love you next to me Dog.

 

4. DANDELION DREAMS by Derick Wilder

Dandelion

Drifts past scampering

Squirrel

Drops nuts on friendly

Frog

Hops in pond, KER-SPLASHES

Beaver

Sinks teeth in weeping

Willow

CRASHES, startles snoozing

Hawk

Soars into puffy

Cloud

Saunters under springtime

Sun

Conjures color-filled

Rainbow

Splashes blue on

Butterfly

Softly lands on little

Girl

Makes a wish on

Dandelion

 

5. A Single Rose by Saba Negesh

New School, strange faces.

Different languages. A lonely place.

Bintu watches other children play.

Tap. Tap.

“Na’am?”

A single rose, a sweet smile.

“Hello.” “Salaam.”

“Play?” “Laa-i’b?”

“Swing.” “Arjoohah.”

“Slide!” “Mezlaaqan!”

“Crayon.” “Qalam Shama’. ”

“Book.” “Kitaab!”

“Shhh.” “Shhh.”

“Tap.” “Tap.”

“Yes?”

A single rose, a sweet smile.

“Fuh-rin?”

“Friends!!”

 

6. A Cucumber Kind of Day by Michael Samulak

Today was a cucumber kind of day.

Cool.

Crisp.

Green.

Clean.

A wee bit wet

With a hint of something sweet.

No sharp edges,

Flexible

Yet firm.

A little too long.

Maybe tomorrow will be like…

A big sweet juicy strawberry!

Today was definitely a cucumber day –

Without seeds.

 

7. The Ballad of Mary Fields by Joanne Roberts

Mary Fields comes chug-chuggin’ from the saloon,

A thundering locomotive,

Streaming smoke from her cigar.

Wolves on the trail,

Four-legged or man-sized,

Won’t slow her down.

Slapping the mail sacks across Moses’s saddle,

She rolls out of town.

Her smile wide as Montana skies,

Freest soul ever born a slave

 

8. A Brief for CF by Erin Buhr

Ever think about your breaths?

Air in. Air out.

Put on shoes. Off you go.

Legs fast. Lungs pumping.

Air in. Air out.

Some kids work for every breath.

Legs fast. Lungs fighting.

Every in. Every out.

They hope one day it will just be

Air in. Air out.

 

9. GNU SHOES by David McMullin

Hugh Gnu’s gnu shoes were used, so Hugh pursued new gnu shoes at SUE SHREW’S SHOES.

“Two and two,” said Hugh, “plus two,”

“Plus two?” asked Sue.

“I choose to chew shoes, too.”

“My shoes are not to gnaw, gnu.”

“Who knew,” said Hugh Gnu.

“Not you,” said Sue. “Shoo!”

 

10. Izzy (or A Zebra & Her Hitchhikers) by Katelyn Aronsen

Two birds perch

on Izzy’s back.

Two o’ pinions

white and black.

Feathered ‘friends’

who kindly

TWEET!

-where she should go!

-whom she should meet!

-what she should eat

for her ice cream:

“Choc’late!” “Vanilla!”

‘Til Izzy screams,

“RAINBOW SHERBET!

…Let ME be ME!”

The birds depart.

Izzy is free.

 

11. BADGER’S GIFT by Jen Bagan

Badger reviewed her delivery list:

Slippers for Skunk

Gloves for Grizzly

Hankies for Hedgehog

She locked her store and began walking.

Badger returned at dusk, sat down and rubbed her sore paws.

“Hmmm … what’s that in the corner?”

She gasped at the attached delivery slip.

Bicycle for Badger

 

12. Little Leaf by Mary Rudzinski

Long branch bends low,

soft breeze swirls

little leaf floats slowly to the rocky creek

Through dark woods to the rushing stream

Into the thundering waterfall

Down the sleepy river

Round the wide bend

Out to the calm bay

Past the busy town

to the deepest ocean

Journey’s end.

 

13. ROSE PETAL SOUP by Heather Kinser

Rose bud.

Bloom!

Sweet perfume.

Rose dud.

Gloom.

Sweeping broom.

Petal pile.

Brainstorm…

smile!

Petal style!

Petal necklace. Petal sash.

Petal blush. Petal lash.

Petal pen. Petal ink.

Petal portrait, rosy pink.

Petal pocket smells divine.

“Rose Sachets for Sale” sign.

When our blooming roses droop,

1-2-3…

make petal soup!

 

14. A Periwinkle Paints by Beth Gallagher

A tiny artist,

dragging his delicately spiraled home,

paints his magnum opus

on the glistening salted surface.

Slow to finish his work,

he toils on

as gulls whirl above looking for lunch.

At last his masterpiece is completed,

just as the white foamy sea stretches up to wipe his canvas

clean.

 

15. ISHAAN’S GARDEN by Candace J Andersen

India is far away, Ishaan.

This is home now.

It is safe.

Here; some earth to make your own.

Onions

Tomatoes

Cauliflower

Potatoes.

Rain.

New school; strangers.

Sun.

New places; rules.

Patience.

Finally…

a

little

sprout.

Summer.

New friends; sharing.

Familiar scents, tastes.

This is home now.

It is safe.

 

16. I’M UNIQUE. I’LL BE LOVED. by Carmen Castillo Gilbert, PhD

Mommy is happy.

Daddy is nervous.

Pépère is delighted

Abuela is excited.

My nursery is decorated.

My crib’s a-waiting.

Plenty of visitors

Gifts to be opened

Onesies, bottles, diapers, and books

What about my looks?

Dark or fair?

Not important!

No one cares.

I’M UNIQUE. I’LL BE LOVED.

 

17. GIRAFFE’S BLUE SWEATER by Angela Hawkins

Giraffe has lost his blue sweater.

Monkey hasn’t seen it,

Lion doesn’t know,

Hippo isn’t sure, just where could a sweater go?

He’s wandered all around the park, gone here and there times two,

now back at home he’s surprised to find,

a wild and wooly blue…sweater-wearing zoo!

 

18. Papa Pasta by Amber M. Bouchard

Every night Papa and Stella ate together.

Every night Papa cooked Papa pasta.

Linguini, tortellini, fettuccine, ziti.

“No more pasta,” said Stella.

So every night Stella made Stella salad.

Cesar, chef, garden, greek.

Until Papa said, “Enough!”

The next night Stella and Papa made dinner together and enjoyed…

Pasta Salad.

 

19. My Mom is a Ninja by Megan Haslem Jones

Brave.

Prepared.

Problem solver.

I think Mom is a ninja.

Stealthy.

Ninja.

Accurate throws.

Ninja.

Cuts, chops, dices.

Ninja scream.

She must be a ninja.

“Powerful kicks,” I overhear.

Stretchy clothing.

Afternoon meditation.

She IS a ninja!

“Mom, I know your secret.”

“Excited? Future big brother!”

“Huh?!?”

Not a ninja.

 

20. Letter Home by Tracy Helixon

She blinks the tears away

To watch Grandad

Waving

From the Dublin shore

Until the ocean carries her

Too far to see him

Across the sea

The statue welcomes

“Tis Lady Liberty herself,” says Da.

“Gather your things,” says Mam.

“Dearest Grandad,” she writes, in her best penmanship,

“We’ve arrived.”

 

21. Slash, Delete, Chop by Jim Chaize

“50 word limit!” I complained.

My third-grade teacher nodded.

“But I have a lot to say.”

“I know.”

Words flowed.

I counted.

Two hundred nineteen. “Ahhh!”

I slashed.

One hundred forty. “Grrr!”

I deleted.

Seventy-four. “Waaa!”

I chopped.

Fifty!

The teacher smiled.

“That was fun. Can I write another?”

 

22. BE HOP-PY! by Deborah Weed

Go!

Kangaroo hopped faster than Grasshopper.

Leaves crunched,

dirt flew,

underneath Kangaroo’s hind paws.

Grasshopper leaped up,

landed on a branch,

then rolled up into a ball.

As planned,

friend Hare

held onto the branch,

pulled backwards,

then let go.

Grasshopper catapulted through the air.

Sadly,

right into Kangaroo’s pouch!

 

23. An Epicurean Delight? by Pamela Courtney

Flabbergast Forest,

Cool and green.

Lizard spies a scary scene.

Venus stre-e-e-etches,

Opens, closes.

Snaps up Beetle as he dozes.

“En garde Flytrap, you carnivorous barbarian!”

Venus gasped, “But I’m vegetarian.”

Venus trips her trap.

Beetle’s awake.

“Settle your mettle Lizard. You’ve made a mistake.”

“Beetle?”

“Yes, Lizard.”“Let’s eat.”

 

24. CLAM I AM by Vicky Fang

Everyone says I should be happy.

“Happy as a clam,” they say.

I am NOT HAPPY.

If only I could swim like that fish…

Or that shrimp.

Or that squid.

Or – OH NO A SHARK!!!

Feeling pretty good about being a clam right about now.

 

25. THE LION TAMER by Ellen Levanthal

Kyle creeps into the moonless night.

Dark, scary,

silent.

Then…

ROAR!

Kyle is brave.

He tiptoes closer and closer.

ROAR!

He digs deep into his pack,

flings something into the air.

CHOMP!

Mmm…peanut butter.

The beast sleeps.

Contented.

Kyle smiles.

He puts his pen down.

A new adventure tomorrow.

 

26. The Play by Mary Warth

Pitcher Mikey threw a zinger,

But the hitter was a swinger.

Coach yelled, “Keep on running kid, they haven’t got the ball!”

As the fielder’s catch was fumbled,

Rounding third, the hitter stumbled.

The Ump ran down the third base line in time to make the call.

“You’re out!”

 

27. Nuts! By Julie Abery

Crow found a nut…

“My nut!” he cawed greedily.

Jay squawked loudly as crow flew over his tree.

Crow dropped the nut!

Jay caught the nut.

“My nut!” he squawked cheekily.

Squirrel bounced along the branch.

Jay dropped the nut!

Squirrel caught the nut.

“My nut!” he squeaked gleefully.

Woodpecker hammered!

Squirrel dropped the nut!

The nut

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to the ground.

Pig walked under the tree.

“My nut!” he grunted and gobbled it up!

“NUTS!”

28. SLUGS AREN’T SLOW bY DEBBIE DAY

Frog was smug.

He never lost a race.

Then a slug said, “I can beat your pace!”

“Slugs are slow.”

“Then race me to the shoal!”

Mark, set, GO!

Then slug began to ROLL.

Zzzzzip! Slug won!

“You see, you never know.

Slugs can’t run-

that doesn’t mean they’re slow.”.

 

29.BUTTON MEMORIES by Ann Magee

Annie dumped the buttons onto her bedspread. “Tell me another story.”

Grandma’s gnarled hands spooned through the shiny discs, finding the tiny white one.

“Once upon a time, a beautiful baby girl was born. This was on her christening gown.”

“That’s how my favorite story begins, Grandma.”

“Mine too, Annie.”

 

30. ME HUNGRY by Zainab Khan

“Me hungry.”

“Banana?”

“Yuck.”

“Apple?”

“Blech.”

“Grapes?”

“Eeew! Me hungry- not starving.”

“Then get your own food.”

“Fine.”

Sniff.

Hmmmmm.

Whirrr.

Vroom.

Crunch.

Thump.

“What are you doing?”

“Eating.”

“Dust bunnies???”

“Yum!”

“WHY?”

“They fill me up.”

“But those were mine!”

“Not anymore.”

“Ugh! Little vacuum sisters.”

 

31.Bright Bulbs by Dr. Anne Lipton

See the yellow daffodil,

sunning on the window sill?

If you have a pot and spoon,

you can grow your own bright bloom.

Plant a bulb deep in the dirt.

From its top, green leaves will spurt.

But a lightbulb yields no shoots.

Pick a bulb that will take root

 

32. Meowcus Welby, D.V.M. by Gregory Bray

“Mr. Furrypants, I have the results of your cat scan and it shows hairballs in your tummy.”

“You’ve got to be kitten me, Doc. What can I do?”

“I’ll give you a purrscription for catnip.”

“Will I need to see a purrgeon?”

“No. You’ll be feline.”

“Pawsome!”

 

 

33. Tree Entreaty by Stephanie Salkin

Chickadee,

Sit with me.

You see,

I’m hopelessly

Stuck in your tree.

Poor little me.

Wait! Don’t fly away!

What can I say

To make you delay

Your get-away?

Phoo! You took flight.

Now you’re gone—out of sight.

I’ll be stuck here all night.

What now?

Descend? How?

Meow!

© Stephanie Salkin

 

34. HELLO BABY by Keila Dawson

You’re quiet inside mama’s belly. What are you doing in there?

Listening?

Sleeping?

Dreaming?

You’re moving inside mama’s belly. And I can feel what you’re doing in there.

Kicking.

Stretching.

Twisting.

You’re noisy outside mama’s belly. I can hear and see what you’re doing now!

Screaming!

Squealing!

Smiling!

Hello baby!

 

35.WHAT’S THE POINT? By Jeanne Curtin

“Ho hum. I am so dull.”

“Take a spin with me. I’m all the buzz.”

And so Pencil met Sharpener.

Together they created ideas, art, and became best friends.

When Pencil hit a breaking point, Sharpener was there.

And Pencil shared Sharpener’s daily grind.

Until Pencil’s life ended short.

 

36. POW, BOOM, WHOOSH by Beth Schneider

Cooper pulled his blanket over his eyes.

POW!

Water beat against the car window.

“You’re fine,” Jake said.

BOOM!

Wind shook the car.

WHOOSH!

Cooper’s toes curled up.

Then silence.

Sunlight.

“Open your eyes,” Jake said.

Cooper smiled. “That wasn’t bad.”

“Told you.”

“Car washes are fun.”

 

37.The Race by Linda Hofke

sun falls

night calls

owl hoots

mouse scoots

snake hisses

strikes

misses

mouse flees

owl sees

WHOOOOSH!

faint squeak

mouse in beak

GULP!

 

38. Mommy? What Will I Be? by Ingrid Boydston

“Mommy? What will I be when I grow up?”

“You can be anything!”

“Anything?”

“A doctor,

a chef,

a teacher,

maybe a great leader!”

“Thanks Mommy, I know what I’ll be!”

“What?”

“All those things!”

“I’m afraid you can’t be ALL of them.”

 

“Sure I can. I’ll be a mommy!”

 

39. EDAMAME DELIGHT by Charlotte Dixon

Maisy counted at the table…

“One edamame…

two edamame…

three edamame…

FOUR!”

Six edamame plopped on the floor.

THUMP…

“Uh-oh!”

“Is your plate clean?” asked Mom.

“Almost,” said Maisy.

Crawling, Maisy counted…

“Five, six…

seven, eight…

nine…

TEN!”

Maisy sowed her edamame…

in Mom’s macrame!

“All done,” shouted Maisy.

 

 

40. CURLS by Jennifer Broedel

One day, while Nonna was visiting, she said my curls looked like a lion’s mane.

I smiled and said:

“My curls are where my courage lives,

Where my ‘crazy’ climbs,

Where my warm heart gives.

My curls are where my ‘sillies’ shine.

My curls are ME!

And they’re all mine.”

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!  Sometimes at the bottom of posts, you might see the words: THE END. But not here. Oh no! Because this is not the end for all of the #50PreciousWords everyone wrote. Whether you placed first…or didn’t get a prize…your story is a living thing…play with it, work with it, breath life into it…and send it out to the world.

Thank you so much, dear friends. I hope you will join me here, same time next year!

And please, if you aren’t exhausted from my posts, come back tomorrow for Perfect Picture Book Friday. One of 2017’s picture books, Old Tracks, New Tricks by Jessica Petersen, will be in the spotlight. And on Saturday…hold on to your hats…we’ll be chatting with Jessica on Will Write for Cookies and there will be a book giveaway as well!

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

 

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2018), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, cooking, playing Monopoly with my 8-year old grandson and fly-fishing with my husband.

Posted on March 9, 2017, in #50PreciousWords Writing Contest, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 87 Comments.

  1. I second Vivian’s comment that SO many of these stories could either stand alone now as picture book or board book and that many others would make amazing openings to stories. It was a pleasure, and an honor, to assist Vivian in this competition and to read all of these stories. Congratulations to the winners.

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    • Thank you, Maria, for all your hard work. Applauding you for your dedication to writing and to all of us who entered.

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    • Jennifer Broedel

      Thank you so much for helping with this endeavor! That was a lot of work, reading through so many precious 50-word entries. I’m humbled and honored to be among the winners!

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    • Hi, Maria. Just read that you were Vivian’s second pair of eyes. Thank you, too, for all the time you’ve put into reading and commenting. I can’t imagine having to make the final choices! 🌼

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    • Thank you, Maria, for assisting Vivian. I am humbled and honored with the inclusion of my story in the 40 chosen. Congratulations to all who entered this amazing challenge.

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  2. Hello Vivian! I’m so glad you liked my story. 🙂 You made my day! Congratulations to all the winners!

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  3. Now in which irder do we pick our wonderful prize? Thank you to everyone for their incredibly generous gifts.

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  4. Wow, what a list!!!!

    I am thrilled to see that my personal favorite story made the cut. Sam Altman, your Inside the Tide Pool is lovely! Congrats to you.

    I was also glad to see Beth Gallagher listed. Great word imagery in that one.

    And then there are several winners which I missed on the first read through. Perhaps they posted links instead of the putting the story directly in the post. I didn’t have time to open all the links and somehow missed CHERYL KIM’s entry. I can picture every scene (and love that pinky action.) Congrats, Kim!

    Congrats to all the other winners. YAY, you!

    AND there are some stories I Iiked a lot that aren’t listed here (for instance, Sunrise Surprise by Cheryl Dale) so even if you didn’t make the winners list, that doesn’t mean you aren’t awesome. There were so many great stories this year. I feel sorry for Vivian and Maria. It must have been so difficult to narrow them down. (and lucky for me, they chose 40 winners instead of 21 because… I came in 37th! THANK YOU, Vivian and Maria.)

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    • You are so funny, Linda…honestly, I wanted to have 251 winners. 😉 It was painful to have to trim and edit the list…I had to ‘kill my darlings’…because all of the stories had a special place in my heart. There were dozens that deserved to be honored…and that’s why I am encouraging EVERYONE to take their #50PreciousWords and work on them and polis them…there are lots of gems here. 😉 Some had pacing that was so perfect, like yours! I’m thrilled you and so many others participated!

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  5. Congratulations to all the winners. This was an amazing turnout and I third Vivian’s comment regarding these stories standing alone as picture books or go on to amazing stories kids will love. Again congratulations to the winners. Awesome, Vivian.

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  6. Congratulations–not only to the winners, but also to all the contestants! This was a fantastic challenge. I enjoyed reading everyone’s entries. It is incredible how different & creative the stories were–quite a lesson in the power of only a few words.

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  7. Beth Gallagher

    Well, what a fabulous way to spend the dark hours of early morning – rereading all the winning stories! Just wonderful! Thank you so much for picking mine too! I feel dwarfed by the other winning stories. So much fun, Vivian! I’m already looking forward to next year! 🙂

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  8. Congratulations all!!!!! Thanks for posting the winning stories again, Vivian, for our reading pleasure!

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  9. It’s times like this I ask myself, “What could I or should I have done differently?”

    Congratulations to every writer who won and was recognized for his/her work! I hope to see picture books resulting from this.
    Now, Vivian, sleep well. Thanks for helping me think “smaller” while expanding my writing experience.

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    • I agree, Lynn…everyone needs to take their story and create a picture book from it.
      I loved Magic Rainbows…what beautiful imagery you had! I reallly appreciate that you joined in the fun. 🙂

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  10. Wow. What unique and marvelous entries. Congratulations to all who entered and all who were winners.

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  11. Thank you , Vivian, for your kind, thoughtful words whether we “won” or not. Great stories. I could not get to them all, but they were so much fun to read. Now some sleep for YOU.

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  12. Cathy Stenquist

    Congratulations to all the winners! Each one truly is a pearl. And thank you to Vivian for the kind comment and for all your hard work and creating this amazing opportunity. It is wonderful to have them all written down in one place so that I can appreciate every one again. Time to start thinking about next years story 😉

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  13. Thank you Vivian for running this fabulous contest! You are incredible! And a big thanks also to Maria!! Congratulations to all the winners! I loved reading all the entries. There is so much talent in this group!! Bravo to all who entered!

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  14. Congratulations to the winners!

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  15. Congratulations to all the winners! Your stories are stupendous!
    Thank you Vivian and Maria for your time and love to make this happen. It was exciting! Sleep well ladies 🙂

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  16. Jennifer Broedel

    Thank you, Vivian, for this challenge! This contest is the first I’ve ever entered, and I’m honored and humbled and completely thrilled to be among the winners (especially with an autobiographical entry that mentions my dear Nonna, who passed away in recent years). I so appreciate the community I have found here with your crew, as well as at 12×12, and through SCBWI. Being among the winners here propels me to continue my writing pursuits, and excites me for my upcoming submissions! THANK YOU!

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  17. Vivian, what fun you created with your contest. Loved reading the wide variety of amazing stories. Hope you are treating yourself to surely needed sleep and then celebrating in a special way. Thanks.

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  18. Derick Wilder

    Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful event, Vivian! It was both a ton of fun and a great PB exercise, as we all look to cut, slash, prune, trim, and chainsaw away those thorny branches, even the ones we sometimes love, in our stories.

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  19. Congratulations, everyone!!

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  20. The talent is amazing! There are a lot of wonderful authors on their way to publication!

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  21. WOW! This was so much fun! I’m overjoyed to wake up to more happiness and congratulate everyone for their amazing stories!! There is so much talent and I’ve learned so much about what can be done with only 50 words! Thank you Vivian. From reading your heartwarming comments on everyone’s stories, I feel like I already know you!!!

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  22. Shanah Salter

    What an amazing competition with such incredible writers. Thank you!

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  23. Such beautiful stories! Congratulations to all!

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  24. Congratulations to all! So much talent out there!

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  25. Sandra Ferber

    Congratulations to all! I loved re-reading these entries,and I’m awed all over again by the writers’ creativity and imagination! Thanks again to Vivian for filling the first week of March with fun, excitement, and lots to read, and to Maria for all of her help and hard work. I’m already looking forward to next year!

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  26. mariagianferrari

    Congrats to all the winners! 🙂

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  27. Janie Reinart

    Congrats to all the winners❤ And a big hug and a cup of tea for Vivian and Maria. You rock!

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  28. Yvonne Klinksick

    Congratulations to all the winners! All those stories were a pleasure to read. Thank you Vivian for such a lovely challenge and your kind words to all of us!

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  29. I am so excited and humbled to have my story chosen from amongst so many wonderful entries. Just the sign I needed to reassure me on this writing journey, and to help keep that unwelcome visitor, Doubt, out.
    Thanks, Vivian, for hosting this contest, for tirelessly reading and replying to all the posts, and for being such a positive force.
    Happy writing to all. 🌼

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  30. Tracy Helixon

    This contest turned out to be a perfect reminder of why I’m so grateful to be part of this kid lit community.What a kind, encouraging, creative bunch! Vivian, I hope all of the goodness that you spread comes back to you each day! And Maria, thank you for reading! Coordinating and judging a contest like this takes so much time, energy, and brain power. What an inspiration! Thank you.

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  31. Katie Frawley

    Thank you to Vivian and Congrats to the winners! Even though I didn’t win a prize, I am so happy I entered. I got great encouragement in the comments on my story, and learned so much from reading the other entries. It was all great fun!!!

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  32. Wow, what an amazing array of talent in these 50-word gems! Congratulations to all the winners and to all those who participated!! Vivian, thanks for all of your (and Maria’s) hard work to make this contest happen. I’m already looking forward to next year!

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  33. Thank you Vivian and Maria for your efforts! Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who participated. I had so much fun reading all the amazing entries. What a wonderful, supportive community!

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  34. Great contest! Thank you, Vivian, for All the time that you time you spent! How wonderful to have so many amazing entries!! Thank you for continuing to inspire and encourage writers!!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  35. Thanks for a wonderful contest and congrats to the winners! I’ll be here next year if the muse bites. 🙂

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  36. WOW! Thank you Vivian for your wonderful contest and Maria for being your second pair of eyes 🙂 Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who made reading so enjoyable. I ❤️ 50 precious words.

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  37. Amazing talent. Such fun reading -Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  38. David McMullin

    It’s easy to see how hard it was to make these decisions. Everything is wonderful. Thanks for a great challenge, Vivian.

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  39. Thank you Vivian! Participating in this has has been a nothing short of joyful! So thrilled to be in the top 40 and happily anticipating reading through the entries I missed. Bless you for doing all of this for all of us!

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  40. Vivian, I enjoyed reading all the winning entries. Choosing must have been quite challenging, but those that won truly shine. I enjoyed reading the stories this morning with my cup of tea beside my warm dog.

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  41. It has been so fun to keep up with this contest. Congrats to all the winners, and thank you, Vivian and Maria, for your efforts to champion fellow writers!

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  42. WOW! Congratulations winners. Many thanks to Vivian for her ingenuity and tenacity that challenged writers to grow. And, Maria, thank you for tirelessly reading and commenting, although the entries were many but also spectacular.

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  43. Congratulations to all of the winners on crafting so many amazing stories in just #50PreciousWords, and thank you, again, dear Vivian, for this opportunity & to Maria for helping you.

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  44. Congratulations to the winners! What a fun challenge this was.

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  45. I can’t believe you judged them so quickly! You are amazing. Congrats to all the winners. Now, go get some ZZZZZZs, Vivian 🙂

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  46. Congratulations all you lucky winners! Great job by all, including sweet Vivian!

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  47. Congrats to all and special congrats to Derick Wilder and Jeanne Curtin! Hurray for both of you!

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  48. Congratulations to all the winners here. And, a cup o’ tea for Vivian, as I hope she’s resting her eyes and mind right now after all this work. Thank you for doing this contest. And so happy for Charlotte Dixon for her entry here. Way to go Charlotte!

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  49. And so happy for you Beth Gallagher! Hope your girls are bringing you great joy also right now – they are special!

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  50. Congratulations to all! I am in awe of some of the talent. Thanks, Vivian and Maria. I loved quite a few stories that ended up in the top 40. Missed a couple too so it´s great to read them now. I enjoyed the contest. Great way of practicing saying more with fewer words.

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  51. Merci beaucoup to Vivian and Maria! Congratulations to all the winners. Honored to be among them. What a fun challenge!

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  52. Thank you, Vivian and Maria! Sending you virtual bouquets. I’m delighted to be a finalist and in the company of so much talent. Congratulations to the finalists and kudos to all the entrants! Keep writing, everyone!

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  53. Thank you, Vivian, for this amazing challenge. I am humbled and honored to be a finalist. Congratulations to all the participants! This is a library of love.

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  54. Vivian and Maria, thank you for your time in reading all of the entries and commenting. ❤
    Debbie Vidovich, your Vivian story is fantastic!

    To the winners, well done!!!! And to us all, follow Vivian’s advice and revise and or flesh out and perfect our stories and submit away. The children will be happy we all did.

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  55. Wow! What great stories. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you Vivian.

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  56. This was a fantastic experience. Congratulations to everyone who entered, won, donated a prize, and most of all, a big thank you, Vivian.

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  57. Congratulations everyone! Some great language there.

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  58. And of course many Thanks to Vivian (and Maria too) for all the organization and work.

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  59. Congratulations to all!! You guys did a great job. And Vivian, I am not sure how you managed to sort through all of these wonderful entries. You deserve a vacation after all the prizes are distributed!

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  60. Congratulations to all the winners! Super fun stories ~ no wonder you had such a difficult time wittling it down, Vivian 🙂 Thank you, and thank you to Maria Marshall, as well! 🙂

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  61. Thank you Vivian for this challenge – I enjoyed participating and reading all the posts and congratulations to the lucky winners!

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  62. Wow! wow! wow! I’m truly awed by these stories. Congratulations, everyone!

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  63. I just want to say thank you so much for all the planning, time, and hard work you put in by hosting this awesome contest. It has given me extra motivation to keep writing and it was just so much fun participating! Thank you for the fun challenge and the boost of writing excitement!! Congratulations to all the winners on their wonderful entries!

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  64. Wow! This event was a success. Vivian, thank you for organizing this awesome challenge. I can’t imagine the hours (and stress) you and Maria spent analyzing each story. Thank you for providing this opportunity for your fellow writers. I’m grateful to be a part of the supportive writing community. Also, thank you for including all the of winning entries in this post. I tried to read as many stories as I could throughout the entry period, but with so many comments I couldn’t keep up.

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  65. Thank you so much Vivian! I am so honored! This contest has really inspired me! I danced around my kitchen and clapped my hands. Thank you and Maria for all your hard work and time spent- I will not let this story go away. Great experience to participate, and very helpful to be able to read other entries. I agree with Megan that including all the winners in the post will make for great reading today.

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  66. Thank you so much for this challenge! I am honored to be a winner among SO many wonderful entries. Congratulations to everyone that entered for stepping up to the challenge and writing a story!

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  67. Thanks so much for the 50-word contest, Vivian! The work, consideration, and skill you put into the judging is appreciated! The winning entries are absolutely delightful! Congrats to the winners!

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  68. Sorry I’m so late to comment, but I’ve been dealing with a sick child all week and well…we all know how that goes. First, I just want to say a huge thank you to Vivian and Maria, I can only imagine how difficult this undertaking must have been, and your kindness and grace always shone through in your supportive and kind comments. I’m honored to be included in such winning talent. I read almost all of the entries, and enjoyed them all so much. There was such creativity and unique style. Congratulations to all the winners!

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  69. I’m late to comment here, but once again, congratulations to all the winners! WOW! Such wonderful stories! And thank you, Vivian, for all your work organizing this fabulous contest 🙂

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  70. Congratulations winners!!! I loved reading the top entries. So many incredible stories, beautifully written. Thanks Vivian for all you do for our writing community and for putting on this incredible contest once again! 🙂

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  71. Wow, I thought I had read most of the entries, but there were some that I missed. Tons of talent out there. Thanks for posting the winners so handy for us to read again Vivian. Congratulations to all.

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  72. Congratulations to all the winners and all the other participants. These short stories wowed me! So creative! Thank you, Vivian, for hosting the challenge. It was fun! ‘Til next time!

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  73. What a fabulous collection, Vivian. I very much enjoyed Debbie’s story about you. I hope she won a prize! You did an amazing job of reading all the stories and selecting the winners. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get back here to read them all. Sorry for me. Look what I was missing! Thank you for this awesome competition, to all the competitors for their awesome entries, and to the judges for their generous prizes. What a fun competition it was.

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