NFFest 2021 has ended, but I've taken copious notes from posts made by the amazing guests. I thank everyone for the information and inspiration given each day in February.
The 2021 ReFoReMo reading list is up! Sign up is the 3rd week of February. Stacks of mentor texts are waiting to be plucked from the library. Join in for guest posts, sharing, and amazing prizes. Press the green button for details! Let the fun begin!
Thank you, Tara Lazar and guests, for STORYSTORM 2021. I will move into the new year with inspiration and possibilities. I have 33 plus ideas to light my way on my writing journey. I'm grateful to be a part of this amazing kid lit community. Wishing everyone happy writing and illustrating.
February is around the corner and so is Susanna Leonard Hill's 6th Annual Valentiny Contest 2021!! Here are some particulars and a button to push into a great HEART time in the kid lit universe.
Write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone feels brave! They can be brave about asking someone to be their Valentine, of course, but they can also do something brave to get a Valentine (the person or the gift), or do something brave to help a friend. They could be brave about giving something up, or brave about asking someone they’re not sure about for some reason to be nice. . . sky’s the limit! Think beyond the obvious! Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes someone brave (can be the main character but doesn’t have to be) and is 214 words (get it? 2/14 for Valentines Day!
Push the button for more fun details!
NFFEST 2021 is back for the month of February. Don't miss the opportunity for some nonfiction fun with posts and giveaways!
Kaitlyn Sanchez has stepped up the fun with a challenge to flip your story entry and highlight the antagonist's POV. Here's her challenge:
Try this: take your Fall Writing Frenzy piece & turn it on its head. Put it in another setting or switch your MC to his/her/their antagonist & share here how it went! RT & tag friends!
MY NAME IS CANDY CORN Image #3
by Charlotte Dixon
My name is Candy Corn.
Some shout my name with scorn.
I’m orange, yellow and white.
I shimmer under light.
I’m sweetly mouthwatering.
I’m simply mesmerizing.
A wizard glimpsed my shine.
He declared, “You are mine!”
We whirled inside a park.
My brilliance caused a spark.
I spun into a plant.
He spoke a magic chant.
My sugar turned to mist.
I rolled into a twist.
Something swallowed and squealed.
I breezed and wheeled and reeled.
I sprayed in spittle with dread.
Confused disorder spread.
Candy corn multiplied.
I curled around and cried.
Candy corn packed my place.
They shoved and claimed my space.
They pranced and danced about.
I tried to slither out.
They multiplied too fast.
I spurted and spewed aghast.
The wizard spoke a chant.
I spun into a plant.
I found relief at dawn.
The madness forever gone.
My shine is back this morn.
I’m not going to mourn.
NO. ONES. EATING. CANDY. CORN!
Lydia Lukidis and Kaitlyn Sanchez are hosting their annual Fall Writing Frenzy Contest. You can write a poem, a story, a mood piece, whatever comes to mind. Happy, scary, beautiful, grotesque, whatever suits your fancy for any kidlit age: board book through young adult. The maximum word count is 200. My submission is posted below.
Click this green button to visit Lydia's Entry Blog:
THANK YOU FOR READING MY ENTRY! GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
STAY AWAY FROM CANDY CORN Image #3
by Charlotte Dixon
I’ve got an aching head.
I’m home and sick in bed.
I celebrated at the park.
I stayed there way past dark.
I know I played a game,
but not its silly name.
A wizard raised his wand.
It hovered by a frond.
Out curled a purple wisp.
It caused my tongue to lisp.
My head felt round and strange.
My eyes began to change.
My teeth felt loose and dropped.
They spurted in spittle and plopped.
The wizard poked my cheek.
I spewed and could not speak.
My ailing tummy growled.
A crowd of people howled.
I ran for cover but fell.
I could not break the spell.
They wolfed the goodies down,
defied my scowling frown.
They danced a jig till morn
and gorged on candy corn.
The wizard raised his wand.
It hovered by a frond.
The purple swirled up high.
I breathed a welcome sigh.
Not sure how I got home,
but I don’t plan to roam.
I know one thing this morn,
NO. EATING. CANDY. CORN.
Covid 19 hasn't put my brain into a fog. This kid lit community has kept me doing what I like best--WRITING! Fall is in the air and so is the #FallWritngFrenzy Contest 2020! Kaitlyn Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis are hosting this amazing event. You can find them at @kaitlynleann17 and @LydiaLukidis. Please check out my link below to join the fun. Let those leaves of creativity fall!
Sign up today for ReFoReMo 2020! Stacks of mentor texts are waiting to be plucked from the library. Join in for guest posts, sharing, and amazing prizes. Press the green button to sign up! Let the fun begin!
It's time for Valentines to rule! Susanna Hill's 5th Valentiny Contest is in full swing. Here are some rules to follow if you decide to enter:
The Contest: since writing for children is all about “big emotion for little people” (I forget who said that, but someone did so I put it in quotes!) and Valentines Day is all about emotion, write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone feels curious! Your someone can feel curious themselves or make someone else feel curious. The curiosity may be about a person, place, thing, quality, idea, event, or about whether something will happen or something is true or real, or anything else under the sun you can think up! Think beyond the obvious! Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes someone curious (can be the main character but doesn’t have to be) and is 214 words (get it? 2/14 for Valentines Day You can go under the word count but not over! (Title is not included in the word count.) If you are so inclined, you are welcome to enter more than one entry – just remember you’ll be competing against yourself No illustration notes please!
Post your story on your blog between right now this very second and Friday February 14th by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to the list below. There will be no regularly scheduled posts (Tuesday Debut, Would You Read It or PPBF) for the duration of the contest, so this post and the list of links will stay up all week for everyone to enjoy. If you would like to enter but don’t have a blog you are welcome to paste your entry in the comment section below (please be sure to include your byline so that if your posting handle is writesbynightlight1 or something I’ll be able to tell who you are!) If anyone has trouble commenting, which unfortunately happens, please email your entry to me at susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com and I’ll post your entry for you. But please no attachments! Just copy and paste your story including byline into the email. Also, please only post your entry once – either in the comment section of my blog or on the link list or by emailing me and asking me to post it. Multiple postings of the same entry get confusing.
P.S. Although I try to stay glued to my computer 24/7 I am sometimes forced to leave my desk. If you haven’t commented on my blog before, your comment won’t show up until I approve it. It may take a little while if I’m away from my desk. Likewise, if you send me an entry to post, I promise I will do it as soon as I can!
The Judging: over the next several days, my lovely assistants and I will narrow down the entrants to 6-10 top choices depending on number and quality of entries (hee hee hee – you know how much trouble I have with the narrowing, so we’ll see) which will be posted here and voted on for a winner on Wednesday February 19th (or possibly a day or two later if the judges need extra time.) The winner will be announced Friday February 21st or Saturday February 22nd depending on judging and voting time needed. (And there will be no Tuesday Debut, WYRI or PPBF that week either so that everyone will have time to read and vote and so that we don’t confuse PPBF with announcing winners.) The dates of the judging/voting/winner announcements are subject to finagling depending on how much time the judges actually end up needing!
Judging criteria will include:
So pull up a chair and inhale the sweetness of Valentine's Day. My 190 word entry is posted below. Thank you for stopping by to enjoy the fun. Click the button below to see other entries. happy valentine's day!
Valentine screeched, “EEK!”
Everything— pink as flamingoes!
He peered in the mirror . . .
“Everything was fine at my Valentine party. I was ravishing raspberry red last night."
"Why is everything pink?”
What will my fans think?
“I know,” he said. “I’ll ink this pink away.”
Valentine grabbed his red pen.
“Oh no! My ink is pink!” moaned Valentine. “I must see a doctor.”
Valentine darted past admiring groupies . . .
steaming pink hot hearts,
swooning pink sweet tarts,
whistling pink kisses,
and into Dr. Sweet-Treat’s office.
“I see pink,” said Valentine.
“Curious. Sit here,” said Dr. Sweet-Treat.
He checked Valentine’s heartbeat and ears.
“Say AWW please,” said Dr. Sweet-Treat.
“AWW,” said Valentine.
“Your throat is pink,” said the doctor.
“AWW wait. That’s bad?” said Valentine.
“Let me check your eyes. Hmmm, curious. I see the problem. Let me rinse them.”
SWISH! SWOOSH! SWASH!
“How’s that?” said Dr. Sweet-Treat.
“I see colors!” said Valentine. “Why was everything pink?”
“Pink eye,” said Dr. Sweet-Treat.
“What caused that?” said Valentine.
“Too much pink lemonade on Valentine’s Day.”
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