Friday’s Fun Find: March Madness Contest!

I’m feeling just a tad crazy this Friday, (two words: puppy + training) so Susanna Leonard Hill’s March Madness Contest is the perfect fit for this Friday’s Fun Find.

And all you have to do is write a crazy, fractured fairy tale, no longer than 400 words, on a springtime theme (or not, completely up to you). And the prizes? Oh, my White Rabbit! 

A critique by an agent, critiques by esteemed authors, Amazon gift cards, signed picture books…well, it’s insane all the prizes Susanna’s piled up. So write your fractured fairy tale and post it on your blog between March 20th and March 24th.

I mean, you’d be crazy to pass up this deal. And if you’ve also been trying to house train a puppy who takes his business very literally, then you might need a break. 

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A Halloweensie Story (With Apologies to Mr. Poe)

I may be too old for trick-or-treating, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t have a little boo-rific fun. And as I’m pretty fond of Edgar Allan Poe and poetry and Susanna Leonard Hill’s writing contests, it all came together. In a hundred words or less.

 

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The (Scaredy) Cat

 

Once upon a midnight spooky, while I roamed in my Suzuki,

Looking for my black cat, lost among the trees.

I thought I heard a mewing, or was it more like booing?

A booing ever softly, whistling through the breeze.

“H-hello?” I asked the dark, the shadows in the park.

When suddenly a cackle sounded in my ear.

 

 

And then I caught a peek, of something black—it streaked!

Across the grass, and sprang onto the floor!

I nearly jumped out of my skin, as it settled down right in—

my lap. Sweet dreams, kitty.  But for me, nevermore!

 

There’s still time for you to jump in and join the Halloween fun! As for me, I think I deserve a Butterfinger. Or six.

 

Friday’s Fun Find: Boo, Y’all!

contest and pumpkin 001As if October isn’t fun enough with my birthday, there’s also great big gobs of spooky, creepy, gory stuff with Halloween!

So while The Beneficent Mr. Hall is kicking me out gifting me with a lovely writer’s retreat up in the Blue Ridge Mountains (OOOOoooooOOOoooo), I might find time for a little Halloween fun. You can join me, in spirit at least.

Susanna Leonard Hill’s sponsoring her Third Annual Halloweensie Contest! All you have to do is come up with a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children and then post it to your blog between October 28th and October 31st for judging.  And if you need a little inspiration, you might want to read something wicked this way comes.

Check out the blurbs from Simon and Schuster’s latest Best Halloween Books for Adults. Or maybe just check out the trailers. ‘Cause seriously, this is some scary reading, y’all.