My 2018 Valentiny Entry

So Susanna Leonard Hill is a rockstar who puts on three fabulous, teeny, tiny contests each year. If you haven’t checked them out, I encourage you to challenge yourself with an entry. A great way to flex your writing muscle!

The requirements for the Valentiny Contest: write a 214-word-or-less, kid-friendly Valentine’s Day story about someone who is hopeful.

At 212 words, here goes!

Candy, scones, ribbon, bows
Signs that read, Be Mine.
But I say down with mushy gushy.
Down with valentines!

At school they all swap notes.
They laugh, hug, whisper.
Ugh. Last year the valentine I got was…
From my sister.

They pass each other cards.
One then two then three.
But I sit alone in the hallway.
None addressed to me.

Boo to valentines!

Cleo’s across the way.
She’s like a ray of light.
If I got a valentine from her,
That would be alright.

“Hey, Cleo.” My voice cracks.
“You look nice today.”
She looks at her friend Clara, giggles,
Then sprints fast away.

Which wise guy created
A love day like this?
I mean, who really wants chocolate hearts,
Sweet songs, or a kiss?

It’s not like I want one.
Chocolate hearts, I mean.
The easiest way to get candy?
Duh. Vending machine.

Go away, valentines.

Then Clara sneaks on by.
“Check out what she wrote.”
Attached to two giant candy bars
Is one purple note.

From Cleo, says the treat.
I unstick the glue.
Under “cute” in the dictionary
I hope I’d see you.

I guess it’s not so bad,
This whole holiday.
If Cleo wants to send me letters,
Hey, that’s A-OK!

Cleo, be mine.
Thumbs up for valentines!


My 2016 Halloweensie Entry

It’s my favorite time of year—Halloween! For a month (or maybe three) it’s socially acceptable (I think) to watch Hocus Pocus on a loop. Don’t judge me.


It’s also time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 6th Annual Halloweensie Contest! To enter, you must write a 100-word-or-less Halloween story containing the words spider, ghost, and moon. Judging criteria include kid-friendliness, Halloweeniness, story quality, writing quality, and creativity/originality.

I encourage you to participate. It’s spooktacular fun! Read my entry below.

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My 2016 Valentiny Contest Entry

I love a good contest, especially one that involves hearts and chocolate. This week marks Susanna Leonard Hill’s first ever Valentiny Writing Contest. And boy, I couldn’t be more excited than a kid after eating a box of Sweet Tarts.

The rules: Write a kid-appealing Valentine’s story with a grumpy character in no more than 214 words.


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My Holiday Story Contest Entry

It’s contest time again and I’m feeling merry and bright! The wonderful Susanna Leonard Hill holds her 5th Annual Holiday Contest this week and I’ve prepared a bell-jinglin’, Christmas-tree-rockin’ story.

The rules: Write a children’s story starting with any version of “Rocking around the Christmas tree at the Christmas party hop.” The story can be poetry or prose, silly or sweet, etc., but cannot exceed 350 words. Judging criteria includes kid appeal, creativity, story quality, writing quality, and originality.

So here’s my entry! A hint for all you readers out there—this is best read to the tune of “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.” Drum roll please…

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Scaredy House (My 2015 Halloweensie Contest Entry)

Thank you to kidlit author Susanna Hill for hosting and organizing the 5th Annual Halloweensie Contest! When I heard about it via the PB community, I felt full to the cauldron brim with ideas. Halloween is my favorite holiday and this contest is a wicked way to celebrate with fellow writers.

The rules: Write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children using the words costume, haunt, and dark. Here’s my teeny, tiny, spooktacular entry below!

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