SUSANNA HILL’S 2021 VALENTINY CONTEST

RULES: Write a story for children in 214 words or less about someone being brave. JULIET’S POEMBy Lori Himmel202 words “I can’t wait to hear all your Valentine’s Day poems tomorrow,” announced Ms. Morris.Juliet wanted to disappear like chocolate in a heart-shaped box. At home, she stumbled over her already written words.“UGH!”She tried again.“Double UGH!”“ThisContinue reading “SUSANNA HILL’S 2021 VALENTINY CONTEST”

SUSANNA HILL’S 10th Annual Holiday Contest- ENTRY #1

I just love participating in these contests. They help keep me motivated throughout the year. So here is ENTRY #1 for the holiday contest. Word count needs to be 250 or less with the theme of holiday helpers. This year I have two entries, because hey, I’m not going anywhere! A COMFORTING CHRISTMASby Lori Himmel245Continue reading “SUSANNA HILL’S 10th Annual Holiday Contest- ENTRY #1”

SUSANNA HILL’S 10th Annual Holiday Contest- ENTRY #2

I just love participating in these contests. They help keep me motivated throughout the year. So here is this year’s holiday contest entries. Word count needs to be 250 or less with the theme of holiday helpers. This year I have two entries, because hey, I’m not going anywhere! POMELO, THE BEE, SAVES CHRISTMASby LoriContinue reading “SUSANNA HILL’S 10th Annual Holiday Contest- ENTRY #2”

SUSANNA HILL’S 2020 HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST

Rules of the contest: write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children, using the words skeleton, creep, and mask. Here is my entry: A BONE-TASTIC HALLOWEEN!by Lori Himmel100-words (exactly!) Spiders creep as the sky shifts to black.Ghost hovers over the lawn and calls for Skeleton,“Rise up bones! Time to rattle and quake!”“Let’s go, Humerus and Tibia!”CLATTER! CLANK! Vertebra stacks bone-to-bone along the grass.CRACKLE!Continue reading “SUSANNA HILL’S 2020 HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST”

RMC-SCBWI Letters & Lines 2020

Covid-19 Pandemic took the world by storm. Every day we watch the news, trying to make sense of the numbers and the lack of federal response across our country (U.S.). Like everyone, our family spent the better part of spring and summer staying safe, wearing masks, staying socially distant from other people, and if weContinue reading “RMC-SCBWI Letters & Lines 2020”

Mix ‘n Match Mini Writing Challenge

Susanna Leonard Hill always has amazing writing opportunities on her website. If you ever need a boost, hop on over to Susanna Leonard Hill and be amazed at her writing resources, contests, guides for teachers, and more! Every Monday, for seven weeks, Susanna will post a writing prompt. Writers will pick a character, setting, andContinue reading “Mix ‘n Match Mini Writing Challenge”

Honorable Mention – Vivian Kirkfield 2020 #50 Precious Words Contest

I was so excited to be an honorable mention in the adventure category for this fun contest. Thank you Vivian Kirkfield for being so generous with your time on these contests! ADVENTURE: #328: Big Ride by Joy Pitcairn #267: Let’s Take a Walk by Lori Himmel  #291: Search for Life by Jilanne Hoffmann #11: WombatContinue reading “Honorable Mention – Vivian Kirkfield 2020 #50 Precious Words Contest”

Treasured Picture Books

My critique group, appropriately named the PBJs (Picture Book Junkies), talks about, reviews and studies picture books. All. The. Time. Every week we bring books to the table and we learn from and drool over the fact that we are holding years of effort, sweat, and love. In early December we have our annual ChristmasContinue reading “Treasured Picture Books”