WELCOME ALL! In the midst of this unprecedented health situation, the kidlit community is stepping up to the plate. Authors and illustrators are creating video storytimes and lessons for kids who are home because schools are closed. And I hope that participating in this contest has given many of us a sense of normalcy – focusing on writing a 50-word story doesn’t leave much brain power for worrying about anything else, right?
Since this is a contest that celebrates the life and genius of Theodore Geisel, the beloved Dr. Seuss, I wanted to give a special shout-out to one of the stories:
TRIBUTE TO DR. SEUSS
By Linda Staszak 49 words
The Cat in the Hat didn’t know what to do–
The Grinch was still pestering Cindi Lou Who.
And nobody wanted the green eggs and ham–
The Wockets and Horton were playing with Sam.
And Sneetches chased Thidwick, the big-hearted moose…
This craziness thanks to the great Dr. Seuss.
Thank you so much, Linda…I loved your rhythm and rhyme…and the topic was spot on! Have you thought about doing a nonfiction pb about him?
When I first got the idea for this contest back in 2016, I thought a few of my friends might take pity on me and submit a story – to my surprise, there were 128 entries! The winner that year went on to sign with my wonderful agent, Essie White. And the story that won? It’s now part of a beautiful published board book series. Many other entries over the years have become books…and I’m thrilled with the positive energy that this contest always generates.
This year was no different.
5,600+ POSITIVE COMMENTS
390 COURAGEOUS WRITERS WHO SUBMITTED STORIES
24 GENEROUS EDITORS AND AUTHORS WHO DONATED PRIZES
3 AWESOME ASSISTANT JUDGES
AND 1 VERY TIRED AND HAPPY ME!
There are stories filled with heart and others brimming with humor – stories that make you laugh out loud – and others that bring tears to your eyes – counting stories – ABC stories – fiction and nonfiction stories. There are stories about nature and the seasons and the weather and animals – about dragons and wizards and fairies. And there are stories about real people – stories that come straight from a place of pain and loss…and I am so grateful that we have a community here where writers are empowered to share their deepest feelings.
The quality of the stories was out of this world…and not just the stories that were about out-of-this-world topics like Picnic on the Moon or Moon Mess or To Catch the Moon or When Shooting Stars Are Born. My wonderful assistant judges and I read many entries that NEED to be books…that WILL be books. You poured your hearts on the page.
As with everything in this business, the judging of the contest is subjective. I don’t use a rubric…I read each story many times…to myself…aloud…and some I even record and listen back. The ones that capture my heart or my imagination – the ones I can visualize as books that will capture a child’s attention and engage a child – those are the ones that make the cut. Unfortunately, because there were so many wonderful stories, I had to cut some of those also. But fortunately, I have three amazing long-time writer friends and critique buddies who are kind enough to help me with this formidable task and they also read and comment on every story and give me their feedback. My thanks to Maria Marshall, Julie Abery, and Diane Tulloch for their MANY hours of devotion. One really cool thing is that with the four of us, the contest has a global scope…with Julie in Switzerland, Diane in New Zealand, and Maria and I on opposite ends of the USA.
If you didn’t make the top 30 or get an honorable mention, it doesn’t mean you wrote a bad story. ALL of the stories had elements in them that could make a great book – please go back to your story in the comment section and read what others said about it…every story received positive comments…some stories garnered over 20 comments! Some people commented on dozens and dozens of the stories…I’m sure I’m missing some of you, but grateful shout-outs to Nancy Riley, Brenda Whitehead, Jessica Reiner Harris, Laurie Carmody, M.A. Cortez, Jill Burns, Ingrid Boydston for your kindness. And what also warmed my heart was that many writers went back to their own stories and responded to those comments – hats off to all of you for your dedication to your craft and to your kidlit community!
After you’ve scrolled through the prizes, you will come to the list of the 30 winning stories. Each story has a number next to it that coincides with the link list at the end of the post. To read one of the stories, just scroll to the bottom of this post and find the corresponding number and click…the link will take you right to that specific story on the contest blog…but please be patient…it may take a minute or two for your computer to load that page…there are over 5000 comments on it.
To remind everyone, here are the guidelines:
Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, that has a total word count of 50 or less.
- It can be prose, rhyme, free verse, silly or serious…whatever works for you.
- Title is not included in the word count.
- No illustration notes please.
- Only ONE entry per person, please.
- Deadline for posting the story in the comments is Thursday, March 5, at 11:59pm.
- Winners will be announced Saturday, March 21.
- Winners? Of course, there will be winners…and prizes, too! There are critiques with EDITORS, seats in WRITING CLASSES, CRITIQUES by published authors, SIGNED PICTURE BOOKS…and more. The book prizes are limited to USA addresses, please.
AND HERE IS THE LIST OF PRIZES – 1st place winner has first pick…2nd place winner gets to pick next…and so on.
- Picture Book Critique with Little Bee editor COURTNEY FAHY.
Courtney Fahy is the Editorial Assistant at Little Bee Books and Yellow Jacket, where she acquires and edits board books, picture books, and middle grade novels. Some of Courtney’s picture books include Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit by Linda Marshall, Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe by Vivian Kirkfield, Mootilda’s Bad Mood by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Kirsti Call, as well as Moonbeams: A Lullaby of the Phases of the Moon by Ann Bausum. Prior to joining Little Bee Books, Courtney interned at Macmillan at Roaring Brook Press and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for Young Readers, as well as W.W. Norton. Originally from New Jersey, Courtney graduated from Pace University with a Master in Science in publishing. You can find Courtney on Twitter @courtneyfahy.
2. Critique from Callie Metler-Smith, publisher of Spork/&mg
3. PB Critique or Seat in Writing Humor for Kids or 1/2 off The Craft and Business of Writing Picture Books course from Art Director and CBA Founder MIRA REISBERG. https://www.childrensbookacademy.com/
4, Seat in Making Picture Book Writing Magic course from the founder of Perfect Picture Book Friday, NYTimes Best-selling author Susanna Leonard Hill. https://susannahill.com/for-writers/making-picture-book-magic/
5. A set of craft of writing webinars from Blue Whale Editor ALAYNE CHRISTIAN.
Alayne Kay Christian is the acquisitions editor for Blue Whale Press and an award-winning children’s book author. She is the creator and teacher of a picture book writing course Art of Arc. In addition, she shares her knowledge with writers through free and affordable webinars at Writing for Children Webinars. She has been a picture book and chapter book critique professional since 2014, and she worked as a 12 X 12 critique ninja for three years. Alayne has spent the last thirteen years studying under some of the top names in children’s literature. Alayne’s focus at Blue Whale Press is content editing, creative direction, and working with authors and illustrators to coordinate the path to quality books.
6. Seat in Master Class in Picture Book Writing from author Karla Valenti
I was born and grew up in Mexico city. Since then, I have had the great privilege and opportunity to live in a number of places I have come to call home: the U.S., Japan, France, and most recently Germany. I currently live in the Chicagoland area where I keep myself busy with lots of words and big ideas (both in my job as a lawyer and author).
I’m rep’ed by the inimitable Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
7. Rhyming PB Critique from author Lori Degman
Growing up, Lori Degman struggled with reading, but the more she read, the easier it got! Now she reads all the time. She is the award-winning author of 1 Zany Zoo and Cock-a-Doodle Oops!, Norbert’s Big Dream, and Just Read. Lori was a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and is now a full-time author. She is a frequent presenter at schools and conferences.
Lori’s forthcoming books are Like a Girl (2019) and Travel Guide for Monsters (2020). Learn more about Lori at loridegman.com
8. PB Critique plus copies of two fabulous picture books from author/illustrator Patricia Keeler
Patricia Keeler is the author/illustrator of SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK and LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL, both of Sky Pony Press. Patricia received the Christopher Medal in 2011 for her illustrations in WOULD YOU STILL LOVE ME IF. Patricia won the children’s book category for the New York Book Festival 2013. Her work has been a selection of the Junior Library Guild and the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club. Follow her on Instagram @patricia.keeler.books.
9. PB Critique and copy of Nova the Star Eater from author Lindsay Leslie.
Lindsay likes to bring her unique outlook on life, quirky humor, and play with words to the page in picture books. She is the author of THIS BOOK IS SPINELESS and NOVA THE STAR EATER (Page Street Kids). Her third picture book, DUSK EXPLORERS (Page Street Kids), will launch June 2, 2020. Lindsay lives with her husband, two boys, two dogs, a guinea pig, and a tortoise in Austin.
10. PB Critique from author Keila V. Dawson
Before becoming a children’s book author, Keila Dawson worked as a teacher, school administrator, and educational consultant in the U.S., the Philippines, Japan, and Egypt.
A native of New Orleans, her debut picture book THE KING CAKE BABY (Pelican Publishing Co. 2015), celebrates one of the unique cultural traditions in her hometown – eating King Cake during the Mardi Gras season. Her second book, NO VOICE TOO SMALL: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, co-edited with Jeanette Bradley and Lindsay H. Metcalf (Charlesbridge) will release in September 2020. A third nonfiction book is under contract has not been announced yet.
Keila is a member of SCBWI, writes monthly author studies for the Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo) blog, and reviews books for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. When Keila isn’t reading, writing, and visiting schools, she’s traveling, playing tennis, or digging in genealogical archives.
Facebook author page: @keilavdawson
11. Non-Rhyming Picture Book Critique from author Melissa Stoller
Melissa Stoller is the author of the chapter book series The Enchanted Snow Globe Collection – Book One: Return to Coney Island and Book Two: The Liberty Bell Train Ride (Clear Fork Publishing, 2017 and 2020); and the picture books Scarlet’s Magic Paintbrush and Ready, Set, GOrilla! (Clear Fork, 2018). Upcoming picture books include Return of the Magic Paintbrush and Sadie’s Shabbat Stories (Clear Fork, 2020). Melissa is an Assistant and Blogger for the Children’s Book Academy, a Regional Ambassador for The Chapter Book Challenge, a Moderator for The Debut Picture Book Study Group, and a volunteer with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators/MetroNY. In other chapters of her life, Melissa has worked as a lawyer, legal writing instructor, freelance writer and editor, and early childhood educator. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Shaaray Tefila, and a past trustee at The Hewitt School. Melissa lives in New York City with her husband, three daughters, and one puppy.
12. Picture Book or Query Letter Critique from author Laura Roettiger
Laura Roettiger is the author of ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON and has enjoyed working with children ever since she was no longer considered a child herself. She was a reading specialist and elementary teacher in Chicago, IL before moving to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where she worked in Environmental Education and as a new teacher mentor for two years at a STEM school. She is a judge for Rate Your Story, an active member of SCBWI and 12x12PictureBook Challenge. Laura works with third grade classrooms through #KidsNeedMentors, tutors adults in the Boulder Reads Literacy program at the Boulder Public Library, and works with BookstoKids, a Colorado based literacy nonprofit. Her superpower is encouraging curiosity in children and her students, letting them know she believes in them. She has three children of her own whose curiosity and creativity led all of them into STEM related professions.
13. Picture Book Critique from author Maria Marshall
Maria is a children’s author, blogger, and poet passionate about making nature and reading fun for children. She’s a Cybils Awards judge ( http://www.cybils.com/) and a contributing blogger for STEM Tuesday – From the Mixed-up Files of MG Authors ( https://fromthemixedupfiles.com/stem-tuesday/). She interviews authors & illustrators and reviews books on -The Picture Book Buzz ( www.mariacmarshall.com/blog). Her poems are published in The Best Of Today’s Little Ditty 2017-2018, 2016, & 2014-2015 anthologies. When not writing, critiquing, or reading, she bird watches, travels the world, bakes, and hikes.
14. Picture Book Critique from author Katey Howes
Katey Howes is thrilled to be making books for children. She also makes bad jokes, great apple crisp, and messy mistakes. Katey lives in Upper Makefield, Pennsylvania (really!) with her husband and three adventurous daughters makers. A former physical therapist specializing in brain injury, Katey now divides her time between writing award-winning stories and raising kids with a love of books. She also contributes to parenting, literacy and STEM websites including All the Wonders, The Nerdy Bookclub, STEAM Powered Family and Imagination Soup. Find Katey on Twitter @kateywrites and on Instagram @kidlitlove.
15. Copy of Play Like An Animal from author Maria Gianferrari
Maria Gianferrari’s childhood playground was nature: climbing trees, playing hide and seek in the cornfield and slapping cow patties for fun! Nowadays she tries to keep the spirit of play alive in her writing. She enjoys playing Dominion with her family sans the curse cards. Her late dog, Becca, was always ready for a game of “catch the flying biscuit.” To learn more about Maria check out her website, Instagram or Facebook pages.
16. Picture Book Manuscript Critique from author Kirsti Call
Kirsti Call loves putting words together. She co-runs Reading for Research month, has judged for the Cybil’s award since 2014, blogs for Writer’s Rumpus, and her second picture book, Mootilda’s Bad Mood (Little Bee) comes out this fall. Cow Says Meow (HMH) and Cold Turkey (Little Brown) release in 2021!
Instagram @kirsticall Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kirsti.call
17. Picture Book Critique or signed copy of Lola Can’t Leap from author Ellen Leventhal
Ellen Leventhal is an educator and writer in Houston, TX. Her writing usually contains universal themes to which children can relate–even if the thoughts occasionally come from talking cows or lambs. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing in some capacity. Ellen is the co-author of Don’t Eat the Bluebonnets and the author of Lola Can’t Leap. She has been published in magazines and newspapers as well as in short story and poetry anthologies. Ellen loves school visits! When visiting schools, she coordinates with and supports literacy programs as well as diversity and anti-bullying programs. Ellen’s best days are when she can interact directly with the students and spread her love of literacy and kindness. To find out more about Ellen’s books and writing projects, please go to www.Ellenleventhal.com
18. Picture Book Critique from author Tina Cho
Tina is the author of Rice from Heaven, a picture book from Little Bee Books August 2018, Korean Celebrations, a nonfiction picture book from Tuttle, August 2019, My Breakfast with Jesus, a nonfiction picture book from Harvest House June 2, 2020, The Ocean Calls: A Mermaid Haenyeo Story from Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House August 4, 2020, and her first middle grade graphic novel in verse, The Tune Without Words by Harper Alley Fall 2022.
19. Picture Book Critique or Signed Picture Books from author Amber Hendricks
Born and raised in the Midwest, Amber Hendricks grew up reading everything she could get her hands on- including the morning cereal boxes. That passion melded into writing as well, and by the age of 11 she was writing and binding her own “books”. Amber has worn many hats in her career but she has always circled back to her first love of telling stories. Amber currently resides in Missouri with her husband and two children.
20. Picture Book Critique from author Beth Anderson
Beth Anderson loves digging into history and culture for undiscovered gems, exploring points of view, and playing with words. A former educator who has always marveled at the power of books, she is drawn to stories that open minds, touch hearts, and inspire questions. Born and raised in Illinois, she now lives in Loveland, Colorado. Author of AN INCONVENIENT ALPHABET (S&S 2018) and LIZZIE DEMANDS A SEAT (Boyds Mills & Kane, 2020), Beth has more historical gems on the way.
21. Signed copy of Beautiful Shades of Brown from author Nancy Churnin
A native New Yorker, Nancy is a graduate of Harvard University, with a master’s from Columbia University. She lives in North Texas with her husband, a dog named Dog and two cantankerous cats. Learn more about Nancy at www.nancychurnin.com
22. Signed copy of Can U Save the Day? from author Shannon Stocker
Shannon Stocker’s debut picture book CAN U SAVE THE DAY (Sleeping Bear Press) released in 2019, LISTEN: HOW ONE DEAF GIRL CHANGED PERCUSSION (NF PB bio about Evelyn Glennie) comes out with Dial/Random House in 2022, and several of Shannon’s nonfiction essays have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul. Shannon currently serves as SCBWI social co-director for Louisville, a judge for Rate Your Story, a ninja for 12×12, and she created the blog series, Pivotal Moments: inHERview, highlighting transitional life stories of female picture book authors (http://www.shannonstocker.com/blog/). Cool facts: Currently writing her memoir, Shannon is a medical school graduate, a coma survivor, an RSD/CRPS patient and advocate, and a singer/songwriter who once performed two songs, including one original, as part of an opening act for Blake Shelton. She can be found online at www.shannonstocker.com, on Facebook (Shannon Otto Stocker/Shannon Stocker Author), and on Twitter/Instagram @iwriteforkidz. Shannon is represented by Allison Remcheck of Stimola Literary Studio.
23. Picture Book Critique (fiction) from author Lisa Katzenberger.
I live in La Grange, IL in a hundred-year-old Victorian house with sloping hardwood floors, glass doorknobs, and the tiniest bathroom you’ve ever seen. I have a great husband and amazing boy-girl twins. I’m an active member of SCBWI, where I volunteer as the Social Media Coordinator for the SCBWI-Illinois region. I work part-time as a technical writing consultant to fund my writing conference habit. I am represented by Wendi Gu of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.
24. Picture Book Critique from author Jenna Grodzicki
Jenna is the author of both fiction and nonfiction picture books, including Finn Finds a Friend (Clear Fork Publishing, 2017), I See Sea Food: Sea Creatures That Look Like Food (Millbrook Press, 2019), Harmony Humbolt: Perfect Pets Queen (Clear Fork Publishing, Fall 2020), and Wild Style: Amazing Animal Adornments (Millbrook Press, September 2020). She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two crazy awesome kids. At all hours of the day (and night) she can be found at her desk, drinking iced coffee and working on her next story. Jenna is represented by Victoria Selvaggio of Storm Literary Agency.
25. A bundle of 2 picture books from my stacks.
26. Another bundle of 2 picture books from my stacks.
27. Yet another bundle of 2 picture books from my stacks.
28. A picture book critique from me.
29. A cover/query letter critique from me.
30. A signed copy of Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book.
AND NOW, DRUM ROLL PLEASE…
THE TOP 30 WINNERS
IN FIRST PLACE:
#41: DANCE FOR DADDY by Maryna Doughty
IN SECOND PLACE:
#318: HERO – ZERO, BOREDOM – ONE by Rhett Trull
IN THIRD PLACE:
#271: WHEN SHOOTING STARS ARE BORN by Debbie Neuenschwander
IN FOURTH PLACE:
#134: BORN TO DANCE by Rina Singh
IN FIFTH PLACE:
#224: MOSQUITO BANDITO by Jennifer Raudenbush
IN SIXTH PLACE:
#100: PHOTOS OF HOPE by Carrie Karnes-Fannin
IN SEVENTH PLACE:
#33: THE LAST WATERMELON by Jolene Gutierrez
IN EIGHTH PLACE:
#375: THE CASE AGAINST THE LEAFY SEA DRAGON by Pamela Courtney
IN NINTH PLACE:
#349: FIFTY PRECIOUS WORDS TO SHOW THAT YOU CARE by Patricia Nozell
IN TENTH PLACE:
#325: SPRING BEAUTIES by Leslie Goodman
IN ELEVENTH PLACE:
#68: CONDUCT A LULLABY by Brittany Pomales
IN TWELFTH PLACE:
#70: DUCK BUTTS by Kelly Mangan
IN THIRTEENTH PLACE:
#118: STARLING FLIGHT by Amber Hendricks
IN FOURTEENTH PLACE:
#150: THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE STORY OF MISS LOCOMOBILE by Sharon Wilson
IN FIFTEENTH PLACE:
#188: PANDEMONIUM: A MORNING AT PANDA KINDERGARTEN by Lynne Marie
IN SIXTEENTH PLACE:
#306: WIND TALKS by Jane Serpa
IN SEVENTEENTH PLACE:
#191: VICTORIOUS FIREFLY by Maisha Oso
IN EIGHTEENTH PLACE:
#327: QUAKING BOG by Jean James
IN NINETEENTH PLACE:
#208: 100 WORMS BEFORE BREAKFAST by Kristy Roser Nuttall
IN TWENTIETH PLACE:
#309: SUMMER VACATION by Gretchen Pitluk
IN TWENTY-FIRST PLACE:
#4: LIGHTS by Kirsty Rorke
IN TWENTY-SECOND PLACE:
#73: INCUBATION by Nancy Riley
IN TWENTY-THIRD PLACE:
#45: DINO FRIENDS by Margaret Aitken
IN TWENTY-FOURTH PLACE:
#102: FIREFLY by Laurie Smollett Kutscera
IN TWENTY-FIFTH PLACE:
#122: PICNIC ON THE MOON by Catherine Friess
IN TWENTY-SIXTH PLACE:
#140: THE DAY YOU ARRIVED by Tina Mowrey
IN TWENTY-SEVENTH PLACE:
#144: A YAWN, A SIGH by Laura Wadsworth Carter
IN TWENTY-EIGHTH PLACE:
#321: THE LATE BLOOMER by Kristen Reinsel
IN TWENTY-NINTH PLACE:
#150: MOMMY’S BIG DAY by Susan Silver
IN THIRTIETH PLACE:
#204: MAKE A WISH by Hollie Wolverton
HUGE CONGRATUATIONS TO ALL OF THE TOP 30 STORIES!!!
OKAY EVERYONE…TAKE A BREATH!
And now, are you ready for the Honorable Mentions? I’m putting the # where they appear in the link list so that if you’d like to read them, you will be able to locate them easily. We have nine categories, including GIRL POWER in honor of Women’s History Month. There were many more stories I wanted to include, but I thought that more than 80 would be getting out of hand. And they are listed in no particular order…they were all wonderful!
#129: Brave Enough by Janie Reinhart
#299: Because of You by Christine Nanfra
#358: Morning Baby by Rita Russell
#84: Mischief Maker by Roo Parkin
#21: The Hug by Glenda Robe
#105: No Returns by Mandy Yokim
#34: Yummy Me by Jessica Reiner Harris
#378: A Mother’s Promise by Krys A.
#209: Love Will Always Win by Kate Thompson
GIRL POWER/SELF IMAGE:
#233: Just a Pretty Girl by Melissa Rutigliano
#351: Again, Lola by Sara Gentry
#387: Go Bella! by Darci Nielson
#72: Me in the Mirror by Carol Coven Grannick
#119: Love My Feet by Kathleen Reitmann
#192: The Seed Who Believed by Kirsten Allen
#177: Dinner is Ruined by Amy Flynn
#303: Everybody Loves Sunglasses by Jessica Haster
#160: Googly Eyes by Lori Sheroan
#202: Vacuum Cleaner by Emma Jenkins
#182: It Had No Eyes by Steve Rogers
#84: Mischief Maker by Roo Parkin
#236: Weary Rooster by Shaunda Wenger
#71: Smile by Paula Obering
#377: Bear Necessities by Katie Hesterman
#298: Chocolate Chew-Chew by Megan Hoyt
#112: Leftover No S’mores by Katie Walsh
#172: Problem Solved by Colleen Murphy
#184: The Big Yawn by Mary Rudzinski
#52: Tet is…by Hanh Bui
#221: The New Girl by Penny McNally
#341: Our World of Color by Mona Pease
#48: No Tengo Palabras by Maureen Morrison
#211: My Hands, My Voice by Katherine Rothstein
#205: When Smiles Speak by Charlotte Sheer
#65: Grimm the Shelter Dog by Nancy Ferguson
#54: An Elefante is a Terrible Horrible Fantastic Pet by Ana Siqueira
#115: My Pup by Gabrielle Cardwell
#264: The Runaway Present by N.R.M. Roshak
#268: My Best Bud by Costantia Manoli-Rumfitt
#300: The Meow-Thru Window by Carol Bullman
#110: A New Pet by Christina Vrba
#274: Mushroom Houses by M.M. Baker
#297: My Cherry Tree by Jill Burns
#89: If A Tree Falls by Liz Kehrli
#203: Do You Hear What I Hear by Heat:her Thurmeier
#5: After the Storm by Sue Lancaster
#95: Spores Away by Stephanie Higgins
#369: My Blue and Green Shoes by Vashti Verbowski
#194: Circles Aren’t Pointless by Jim & Tim
#60: Hummingbird Battle by Debbie Sanders
#28: Game Over by Tara Cerven
#141: Wolf by Erin Kerger Duffett
#12: Caterpillar Rain Dance by Jill Proctor
#142: True Colors by Dea Brayden and Lindsay Brayden
#317: Rain Race by Karen Dibbens-Wyatt
#61: Here Be Dragons by Anne Lipton
#66: Kinkajou by Arlene Schenker
#10: Mirror In the Sidewalk by Monica Acker
#216: The Hole by Jim Chaize
#127: Happy Winter Friend by Stefanie Razler
#123: The Scarecrow with a Secret by Richard Stonebridge
#259: Took by Susan Claus
#313: My Boy and I by Leslia
#382: Anything Game by Ingrid Boydston
#328: Big Ride by Joy Pitcairn
#267: Let’s Take a Walk by Lori Himmel
#291: Search for Life by Jilanne Hoffmann
#11: Wombat Rescue by Robin Currie
#91: To Catch the Moon by Jenny Buchet
#296: Smart by Dawn Young
#38: Teeny Tiny Turtle Tucked by Katherine Rahoy
#314: The Crying Book by J. Bradley Blankenship
#17: Swinging from the Black Walnut Tree by Mary York
#24: Red Truck by Aimee Satterlee
#98: Moving Day by Deborah Holt Williams
#178: BE by Traci Van Wagoner
#43: Mum’s Spaghetti by Sarah Atherton
#135: Baked with Love by Stephanie Gibeault
#173: One Last Time by Amanda Davis
#210: The Love Machine by Julie Koon
#319: Naughty Night Noises by Tracy Smith Schmidt
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE HONORABLE MENTIONS!
Thank you again to everyone involved…the assistant judges, the prize givers, all who joined in the fun by writing and/or by commenting. Your participation makes all the difference. If you see I’ve made a mistake with the spelling of a name or anything else, please reach out and let me know. And I’ll be contacting the first place winner, Maryna, so we can begin the prize selection and distribution. Please have patience – with 30 winners, it is going to take a little while. As soon as Maryna lets me know her first choice, I will contact the second place winner…and so on. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you want your story taken down at any time because it is going out on submission, just let me know.
Don’t forget that #50PreciousWordsforKids is May 4-10…and that challenge is more important this year than ever before. Let’s lift up our children and encourage them to discover the stories that reside in their hearts. I’ll be posting early next month to give parents and teachers a heads-up about the challenge.
If you want to locate any of the stories, just scroll down and click on the one you want to read. Each link will take you to the contest post and that specific story. But be warned…there are lots of stories and the link takes you to the contest post which has 1000’s of comments…your computer may take time to load it all. Please be patient.
128. Liz Rice: All Gone
163. A Kidd: Baby Bounces
180. Teresa Traver: Rainy Day
190. Anne Weedon: Dinner
216. Jim Chaize: The Hole
244. Rebekah Lowell: Fly
259. Susan Claus: TOOK
272. Imogen Marshall: You
275. KC Young: Bubbles
296. Dawn Young: SMART
344.Sarah C: RABBIT
354. Sam Smith: PRESENT
383. CJ Penko: MAYFLY
384. Laura Bost: TRASH
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Please stay safe, my friends…this #Covid-19/coronavirus situation is overwhelming in many ways, but by supporting and encouraging each other, we will get through this. If I can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out – even if you just want to chat via FB PM or need so face-to-face time with a friend on Skype.