Susanna Hill is hosting yet another holiday kid lit writing contest, and this time the theme is...
a holiday contest!
Below is an excerpt from my entry, and a little illustration I made to go with it. Make sure to check out Susanna's blog to read the others!
by Allison Strick
Deep underground, Mole awoke to the tell-tale sounds of winter’s arrival:
the scrape of skates carving the frozen pond overhead.
The Solstice Mice Skating Competition.
Other years, Mole had dug deeper, away from the cute and graceful forest creatures.
I’m not one of them.
But tonight, Mole found himself tunneling closer.
They can’t stop me from listening in.
It's time for another kid lit contest: Halloweensie, hosted by Susanna Hill.
The challenge: write an eensie-weensie 100-word Halloweenie story, using the words goodies, glow-in-the-dark, and goosebumps.
Here's my entry!
Who Cares if it's Cold?
I was supposed to be a glow-in-the-dark jellyfish.
Then it snowed.
Look, I’m twelve. This is my last year of trick-or-treating,
and I refuse to wear a musty old coat over my costume!
When Dad drops me off, I’ll give a cozy wave and then
kick the coat to the curb.
I’m going down in goose-bumpy glory!
Maybe I’ll drape it over my shoulders.
One arm in?
It’s so annoying when Dad’s right.
But these pockets do hold extra goodies.
And at least I’m the only
on the street!
It's time for one of the Kid Lit world's favorite contests: #FallWritingFrenzy, hosted by Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez, Lydia Lukidis, and Ameerah Holliday. Make sure you check out this blog post to see all of the entries!
The challenge: write a fall-themed piece inspired by one of several provided photographs, and keep it under 200 words while you're at it!
One image caught my attention because it reminded me of a phrase I've had in my idea notebook for some time. It was the nudge I needed to finally parse out the idea! Here is the image:
And here is a snippet of my entry, plus the illustrations I made to go with it for funsies!
Signed, Squealed, Delivered
If the ghost who’s been haunting you plans a vacation,
There’s no need to pout as she pulls from the station!
Wherever your ghoul-friend should happen to roam,
It’s easy for her to send messages home.
The Ghost Office handles the spookiest mail,
Through rain, wind, or snow, not leaving a trail.