Hi Everyone. Posting of finalists is delayed. I’m not exactly sure when they’ll be up, but it will be as soon as possible. Likely another week.
Eye of newt and dragon fang! It’s time for . . .
The 12th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest!!!
~ for children’s writers ~
THE CONTEST: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in word count) using the words slither, treat, and scare.
- Your story can be poetry or prose, scary, funny, sweet, or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words. Get it? Halloweensie – because it’s not very long and it’s for little people 😊
- You can go under the word count but not over!
- Title is not included in the word count.
- You may use the words in any form i.e. slithery (yes, it’s a word, we looked it up 😊), treated, scary, etc, etc, whathaveyou 😊
- You are welcome to enter more than one entry – just remember you’ll be competing against yourself 😊
- No illustration notes please!
And yes, I know 100 words is short, but that’s part of the fun and the challenge!
POST: your story in the comment section of the Official Contest Post (that’s this one!)( between Right NOW this very second! and 11:59PM Eastern Monday October 31st (So you have 3 full days to post – today, tomorrow, and Monday.)
- For those of you who would also like to post on your blogs, please feel free to do so! You are welcome to include the link to your blog with your entry in the comment section of the Official Contest Post so that people can come visit your blog, but all entries must be posted in the comment section of THIS Post between right now and Monday October 31st at 11:59PM Eastern.
- If you have difficulty posting your entry to the comments, which unfortunately sometimes happens, you may email your entry to me and I’ll post it for you! [susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com Please place your entry in the body of the email including your title, byline (that means who the story is by – you! – so for example, By Jane Doe) and word count at the top – NO ATTACHMENTS! and please do not submit any entries before the official opening of the contest at 12:01 AM Saturday October 29th. They will not be accepted.
- I know how hard you all work on your entries, and how anxious you are to get them posted, but please try to be a little patient if your entry doesn’t show up immediately. Many comments have to be manually approved, and it sometimes takes me a little while to post entries that come in by email. I promise I will get to everything as soon as I can. I try never to leave my desk during contests, but sometimes it’s unavoidable 😊
THE JUDGING: over the following days, my devoted assistants and I will read and re-read and narrow down the entries to a finalist field of about 12 which will be posted here for you to vote on I hope by Saturday November 5th (though if the judging takes longer than expected it might be a little later – we will do our best! But fair warning I have two school visits that week and a long drive Friday.) The winners will be announced Tuesday November 8th (good lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise 😊)
Judging criteria will be as follows:
- 1. Kid-appeal! – These stories are intended for a young audience (ages 12 and under), so we’re looking for stories that children will enjoy and relate to.
- 2. Halloweeniness – the rules state a Halloween story, so it must be crystal clear that the story is about Halloween, not just some random spooky night.
- 3. Use of all 3 required words and whether you came it at 100 words or less.
- 4. Quality of story – entries must tell a story, including a main character of some kind and a true story arc even if it’s tiny 😊 Entries must not be merely descriptions or mood pieces.
- 5. Quality of Writing: check your spelling, grammar, punctuation etc. If you’re going to rhyme, give us your best 😊 Use and flow of language, correctness of mechanics, excellence of rhyme and meter if you use it, PROOFREADING!
- 6. Originality and creativity – because that is often what sets one story above another.
- 7. How well you followed the Submission Guidelines – agents and editors expect professionalism. This is a chance to practice making sure you read and follow specified guidelines. If you don’t follow agent and editor submission guidelines, they won’t even read your submission.
THE PRIZES: So amazing! What wonderful, generous people we have in our kidlit community! Just wait til you see what you can win!
⭐️ Rhyme & Meter Self Study Course – Renee LaTulippe Renée M. LaTulippe is the author of The Crab Ballet (Cameron Kids/Abrams, 2022) and Limelight: Theater Poems to Perform (Charlesbridge, 2024) and has poems published in many anthologies including No World Too Big, Night Wishes, School People, National Geographic’s The Poetry of US, One Minute Till Bedtime, Poems Are Teachers, ThankU: Poems of Gratitude, and A World Full of Poems.
⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (Rhyming or Non-rhyming, Fiction or Nonfiction) with written feedback AND a 30-minute Zoom Chat with children’s author Vivian Kirkfield, author of PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN (Pomegranate, 2019), MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, 2020), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Clarion Books, 2021), and SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING (MoneyPenny Press Ltd, 2010)
⭐️ 30 Minute Zoom Ask Me Anything with Rosie Pova author of IF I WEREN’T WITH YOU (Spork, April 2017), SARAH’S SONG (Spork, September 2017), SUNDAY RAIN (Lantana Publishing, March 2021), THE SCHOOL OF FAILURE: A STORY ABOUT SUCCESS (Yehoo Press, May 2022), and for Middle Grade readers, HAILEY QUEEN PRANKING MAKES PERFECT: THE ALIEN ENCOUNTER (Spork, April 2017) Rosie does a lot of school visits and presentations, should that happen to be of interest for your Ask Me Anything.
⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (rhyming preferred) with Andrea Denish, author of EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE (Astra Young Readers, March 2020), and THE WAY WE SAY HELLO forthcoming from Starry Forest Books February 7, 2023
⭐️ Picture Book Critique (non-rhyming) with Becky Scharnhorst, author of MY SCHOOL STINKS! (Flamingo Books, July 2021) and THIS FIELD TRIP STINKS! (Flamingo Books, August 2022)
⭐️ Connecting With School Librarians! Fabulous Opportunity for published or soon to be published authors! Winner’s Choice of either a Zoom or phone chat about how to connect with school librarians and get their ear or an Ask Me Anything Zoom or phone chat about K-8th grade author visits from a librarian’s POV from Kathy Halsey. Kathy Halsey is Storyteller Academy’s Community Manager and Ambassador. She enjoys writing picture books, humor, and nonfiction. Kathy’s active in SCBWI and blogs with other kid lit writers on the GROG. She serves on the Choose to Read Ohio Advisory Council and speaks at educational and literary conferences. Kathy’s a former K-12 school librarian and children’s bookseller. She writes monthly author studies for the Reading for Research Month along with Keila Dawson.
⭐️ 30 Minute Ask Me Anything Zoom Chat (anything relating to writing/publishing) with Penny Parker Klostermann, talented author of THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT (Random House 2015) and A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE (Random House 2017) as well as the forthcoming SPIDER LADY: Nan Songer and Her Arachnid WWII Army (Astra/Calkins Creek 2025) and another as yet unannounced 😊
⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (Rhyming) PLUS Zoom Chat from developmental editor Lou Piccolo! Lou studied English Literature, creative writing and teaching at university in South Africa. After working as an EFL teacher in France for twenty years, she studied proofreading and editing before becoming a developmental editor of children’s and young adult’s literature for independent authors. She is a graduate of Renee LaTulippe’s Lyrical Language Lab – Punching Up Prose With Poetry course and Making Picture Book Magic, the in-house writer for Editions Entrefilet’s language-learning magazine ‘Go English Kids’ for children of 8-12 in France, and a traditionally published author of MG and YA fiction with Burlington Books.
⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique PLUS Zoom Chat with Ellen Leventhal! Ellen is the author of DON’T EAT THE BLUEBONNETS (Spork, 2017), LOLA CAN’T LEAP (Spork, 2018), HAYFEST: A HOLIDAY QUEST (ABCs Press, 2010), and A FLOOD OF KINDNESS (WorthyKids, 2021)
⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (rhyming or non-rhyming) with Kelly Conroy whose poems have been published in 5 anthologies (10.10, wee words for wee ones, October 2021; BETTER THAN STARBUCKS, January 2022; THINGS WE EAT, Pomelo Books, March 2022; THINGS WE FEEL, Pomelo Books, July 2022; WHAT IS A FRIEND, Pomelo Books, October 2022) and also the author of a rhyming board book due out in 2025.
⭐️ 30 Minute Picture Book Zoom Critique Session with Lynne Marie
Lynne Marie is the accomplished author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten – art by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic 2011), Hedgehog’s 100th Day of School – art by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play — art by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares — art by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling 2019 and Scholastic 2019), Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World — art by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books 2019) and The Three Little Pigs And The Rocket Project — art by Wendy Fedan (Mac and Cheese Press 2022) and American Pie — art by Dea Lenihan (Dancing Flamingo Press, April 12, 2022)
⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (Rhyming or Non-rhyming, Fiction or Nonfiction) with a recording of first read-through by children’s author and poet Sarah Meade, contributor to HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING (Pomelo Books, 2020!)
⭐️ 20 Minute Zoom Ask Me Anything with Darshana Khiani, author of HOW TO WEAR A SARI (Versify, June 2021), I’M AN AMERICAN (Viking Books for Young Readers, May 2023), and THE BOYS OF KOH PANYEE (coming Fall 2023)
⭐️ Rate Your Story Speed Pass from Lynne Marie
And maybe I’ll have some extra picture books to add in here and there to sweeten the pie. . . 😊
Please join me in thanking these very generous authors and other writing professionals for contributing their books and writing expertise as prizes by visiting their websites and blogs, considering their books and services for birthday, holiday or other gift purchases, rating and/or reviewing their books on GoodReads, Amazon, B&N, or anywhere else if you like them, recommending them for school and library visits, recommending their books for school and library purchases, and supporting them in any other way you can dream up! 😊
Happy Writing! Happy Reading! And Happy Halloween!
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Now, let the Halloweensie begin!
The 239 entries listed below are linked to where they appear in the comments so you can click on the titles and get right to them! (Assuming WordPress cooperates . . . fingers crossed!) Anyone who feels kind can start at the bottom of the list so those entries get some comments too! 🎃 😊
- Apparition Preparation For A Scary Halloween – Royal Baysinger
- Attack Of The Zornaks – Royal Baysinger
- Down In the Halloween Cave – Royal Baysinger
- Sisters – Sara Kruger
- Halloween Nightmare – Helen Lai
- The Follower – Marla Yablon
- A Frightfully Fun Time – Susan E. Schipper
- The Halloween Dream Team – Jenna Elyse Johnson
- Skeleton Sam Settles The Score – Jennifer Cowan
- Slug Slime – Vashti Verbowski
- Ghost Recipes – Julia Pierre Hammond
- Rainforest Halloween – Heather Kinser
- On Snail-O-Ween – Heather Kinser
- The Frightful Fugitive – Anne Lipton
- Little Witchy – Elizabeth Myer zu Heringdorf
- Get Your Glow On – Corine Timmer
- Sally The Slug Has A Sweet Tooth – Eleanor Ann Peterson
- In The Middle Of A Snack – Bridget Magee
- Coming Around – Emily Durant
- Piper’s Pickle – Colleen Murphy
- Safe From Scares – Sarah Meade
- Claudia Maude Clickerticker’s Costume Shop – Sarah Meade
- What Do Witches Eat? – Kelly Clasen
- Ghouldilocks And The Three Shares – Claire Blumenfeld
- Closer – Reed Hilton-Eddy
- SSSSSScary – Jen Subra
- A Shady Halloween – Jennifer Lowe
- Help! – Elizabeth James
- Arabella’s Halloween Treat – Colleen Fogarty
- Trick Or Treat? – Corine Timmer
- The Coolest Halloween Costume – Carmen Castillo Gilbert
- Green Goulash Stew – Claudine Pullen
- The House With The Good Candy – Vanessa Konoval
- The House Creatures’ Halloween – Lauri Meyers
- When Good Luck Struck – Molly Ippolito
- The Haunted House Halloween Challenge – Marty Bellis
- Demon On The Line – Laura Polasek
- The Spooky Halloween Parade – Janet Krauthamer
- Mrs. Cleary’s Cats – Susan Eyerman
- A Halloween Twist – Cheryl Simon
- Wilhelmina The Witch – Ashlee MacCallum
- Halloween Hater – Blaire Moore
- The Halloween Bake-Off – Rose Cappelli
- Trick-Or-Treat, Shoes To Eat – Ashley Sierra
- Tricks Before Treats – Danielle S. Hammelef
- Happy Halloween – Stephanie R. Mena
- A Batty Halloween – Melissa Chupp
- Who Whispers In The Dark? – Erika Romero
- Interview With The Vampire – Helen Lai
- Slug Life – Kim Wagner Nolan
- Sapling’s Halloween – Lori Sheroan
- Nothing Scared Alicia Bones – Christine Evans
- The Mask – Su Ko
- DON’T FLUSH YOUR GOLDFISH DOWN THE TOILET OR HE WILL COME BACK TO GET YOU ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT – Sue Ko
- Going As Myself – Marianna Sacra
- Halloween Snack – Debra Daugherty
- Halloween-ing – Lori Himmel
- Something Wriggling This Way Comes – Amy Chini
- Edgar Allen Crow – Kathleen Jacobs
- Queen Slug’s Halloween – Kelsey E. Gross
- Pull Of The Moon – Darla Christie
- There’s One In Every Class – Linda Staszak
- Snollooween – Katie McEnaney
- A (little) STEM Halloween – Jilanne Hoffman
- Trick For Treat – Linda Starszak
- Mattie, The Scaredy Tabby Cat – Janet Parkinson Bryce
- Nothing Scares Me – Karen Condit
- ‘Twas Halloween Night – Sharon Coffey
- A Hotdog Halloween Hullabaloo – Sharon Coffey
- Their Trick, My Treat – Carol Van Gorp
- Interview With The Vampire – Helen Lai
- Halloween Night Light – Daniella Kaufman
- Do Goblins Gobble? – Sally Yorke-Viney
- Witchy-licious Stew – Charlotte Dixon
- The Ghouliest Ghouls – Marta Cutler
- The Scariest Bear – Marta Cutler
- Halloween Is Different This Year – S.S. Lee
- The Rattlesloth – Russell Wolff
- The Eyes Have It – Marta Cutler
- A Scare Affair – Lori C. Evans
- Halloween Haul – Stephanie Maksymiw
- Halloween Is Magic – Kristen Littlefield
- Command Performance – Jamie Donahoe
- Zombie In The House – Isabel Rodriguez
- A Wise Disguise – Jill Purtee
- Truck-Or-Treat – Mia Geiger
- The Halloween Dare – Marty Findley
- Witch’s Brew – Marty Findley
- A Halloween Tail – Katie Lee Reinert
- Creepy People – Sharon McCarthy
- Happy Halloween – Elaine D’Alessandro
- Scared Sssssilly – Julie Lerczak
- A Spooky House – Gail Hartman
- A Halloween Smile – Tonnye Fletcher
- A Scary Dare – Mona Pease
- Stop Your Bellyaching Soup, A Jump Rope Song – Debbie Meneses
- A Spell Of Transformation – Meagan T. Gentry
- First Flight – Paul Kurtz
- I Scare You, You Scare Me – Paul Kurtz
- Spiders vs. Snakes – Linda Schueler
- Pot Of The Witch – Reed Ambrose
- Snake In The Grass – Judy Sobanski
- Beware Or Be Scared – Norah Colvin
- Bat’s First Halloween – no author listed
- Children Of The Bog – Melissa Miles
- In Through My Window – Eric Sondergeld
- A Squishy Scare – Stephanie Henson
- The Last House – Janet Smart
- Jack-O-Lantern – Darcee A. Freier
- Beak-A-Boo! – Jill Lambert
- Jackie Saves Halloween – Brittany Richman
- The Treat – S. E. Cottrill
- Little Vampire’s First Halloween – Sharon Dalgleish
- Franny Fruit Bat’s Friendly Halloween – Amy LaMae Brewer
- Chicken’s First Halloween – Emma Hay
- Moldy Mayhem – Sue Lancaster
- Sea Monster – Patricia Nozell
- A Halloween Lullaby – Brigid Finucane
- Tricky Treats – Lisa Lowe Stauffer
- KA-RUNCH! – Donna Kurtz
- Scary-Fairy – Donna Kurtz
- Halloween Hop – Carole Gerber
- Halloween Treat – Krista Legge
- Sara’s Hairy Halloween – Jesse Anna Bornemann
- Scary Goat Scam – Elenore Byrne
- Goulentine – Michelle S. Kennedy
- My Teacher Is A Creature – Mary Ann Cortez
- The Haunted House – Karen Morgan
- Trick or Treat: A Forest Halloween – Sarah Marhevsky
- Shadows Come Crawling – Marlee Fuller-Morris
- Slithering Snake – Deborah Hunt
- Jack-oh-no! – Pollu Mendoza
- Jack’s Lament – Steve Jankousky
- Sense The Way – Sarah Hetu
- Slither and Hiss: Trick or Treat? – Cathrene Youngquist
- Pumpkin Jack – Jennifer Weingardt
- The Peanut Butter Cup Song – Hannah Roy LaGrone
- Gregory’s First Halloween – Morgan Lau
- Scary Treats – Ken Major
- Super Scary Sausages – Chris James
- Midnight Snack – Deborah Foster
- How To Trick-or-Treat If You’re A Snake – Abigail Mumford
- Scarecrows Of Halloween – Helen Ishmurzin
- Sneaky Snake – Jan Suhr
- Who’s There? – Dawn Renee Young
- Space Rangers And Skeletons – Cynthia Mackey
- A Halloween For Willard – Krista Harrington
- On Halloween Night – Amanda Flinn
- Early Worm’s Halloween Birthday Wish – Curtis King
- Sweetie The Parrot – Barbara DiMarco
- The Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest – Laura Straut
- Boo – Jean Martin
- Pete The Smallest Pumpkin – Tiffany Hanson
- Candy Corn’s Revenge – Tiffany Hanson
- A Martian’s Halloween – Angela Calabrese
- Candy Monster – Patricia MacMillan
- Igor’s First Halloween – Danna Zeiger
- You Can’t Scare Me – Danna Zeiger
- Pumpkin, Skeleton, Wolverine – Brenna Jeanneret
- Tricky Treats – Ashley Sutphen Delaney
- Little Sister Saves The Night – Laurie Kaiser
- The Sweetest Treat – Christina Shawn
- All Hallows’ Eve – Sasha Sirisena-Green
- Pumpkin Cat’s Turn – Bru Benson
- Frankenslug – Ryann Jones
- The Costume – Nina Nolan
- The Best Halloween Ever – Dianne Borowski
- Tricked – Geraldine V. Oades-Sese
- Trista’s Treat Or Trick? – Krissy Massey
- The Scariest Costume Of All – Abby N. Wooldridge
- Halloween is the BEST, but. . . – Andi Chitty
- It’s A Tricky Afterlife – Katie Schwartz
- Spider’s Halloween – Cassy Clarcq
- Slimon’s Halloween – Imelda Taylor
- The Zombie Flop – Liz Kehrli
- Melanie Monster – Lindsey LeBlanc
- Switch Witch Swap – Julie Fruitticher Schroeder
- S-S-Selma – Nancy Forbis-Stokes
- A Halloween Adventure – Gregory E. Bray
- Enter If You Dare – Trista Herring Baughman
- Snake’s Sweet Treats – Nadia Ali
- Costume Crisis – Keatley Eastman
- Tricked By The Treats – Elizabeth Muster
- Halloween Friend – Thelia Hutchinson
- My Dreadfully Dangerous Walk – Susan Twiggs
- Slither, Treat, Scare: A Halloween Story – Lynn Greenway
- I’m Not That Scared – Allison Gray
- The Halloween Prize – Mary Rudzinski
- Portia Pumpkin Proclaims – Judy Caldwell Hughes
- Pookie The Pomeranian’s Halloween Wish – Stephanie Jackson
- Boo The Ghost Gets Beaten – Stephanie Jackson
- Costume Drama – David Cobb
- Slither Spook – Jessica Milo
- Samira’s Potion – Jessica Milo
- Sabrina Squirrel Does Not Scare Easily – Liz Gill
- Snake’s Stealthy Solution – Kira Barrett
- What Did You See? – Kathleen Mazurowski
- Father Knows Best – Janice Kay
- The Costume – Amy Duchene
- Trick Or Treat – Laura Seely-Pollack
- Many Happy Resquirms – Diana Webb
- Theodore Turkey’s Halloween Hunt – Mary-Catherine Amadu
- Ghost Finds His Groove – Cindy Greene
- Weird Halloween Treats – Una Belle Townsend
- The Jabberwocks Of Halloween – Jenny Bowman
- Sooner And Sooner Every Year! – Stephanie Henson
- A Slimy Halloween: Halloweenie Competition – Erin Buhr
- Candy Night – Anne Weaver
- Growing Candy Apples – Hannah Roy LaGrone
- Sister’s First Halloween Night – Linda Hofke
- Calling All Campers to the Camp Spooky Halloween Campfire – Jamie Rodarte
- A Pumpkin Named Rattlesnake Pete – Pat Finnegan
- Pumpkin Pride – Pat Finnegan
- Gardenia Ghost – Katie Walsh
- I Am Always a Cat – Amanda Littlefield
- Scaredy Snake – Kathy Hill Crable
- Classroom Costume Conundrum – Cynthia Reeg
- A Beckoning Spell – Les Degnan
- Halloween Eve – Tarsia Rhyne
- Which Witch Will Win? – Lucretia Schafroth
- The Spider Web House – CJ Penko
- The Monster of Barlow’s Bakery – Jill Burns
- A Candy Break For Mongoose And Snake – Katie Schwartz
- Kid Cobra’s Halloween – Denise Seidman
- Costume Not Required – JC Kelly
- Lucinda Blackletter – Karen Pickrell
- Candi Corn – Liz Kehrli
- Glass Lizard Halloween – Maria Marshall
- Scaredy Cat And The Haunted Hunt – Samantha Cora Christian Haas
- Graduation Night – Naz Alibhai
- New Friends – Sarah Hawklyn
- Sam Wasn’t Afraid – T. May LeGrys
- Black Cats Get A Bad Rap – Colleen Dougherty
- Dad’s First Trick or Treat – Annette Bethers
- Skeletons Need Teddy Bears Too – Sharon Jackson
- Sam And Dusty Trick Or Treat – Julianna Helt
- Lost – Brenda Covert
- The Snakertons – Emily Holewczynski
2,677 thoughts on “The 12th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!”
I love how you build the tension, and the surprise ending too. Love the intertwined tails image . Good luck!
A winged snake, hust a step away from being a dragon! Cool!
What an interesting way to post, with a mix of Tweet and text. I think whatever fits is a good choice of costume. I’m not sure about the shark though. 😂
ENTRY POSTED FOR EMILY
(posted on time and lost in the morass of technology)
THE SNAKERTONS (100 WC)
“Sam, the treats!”
Sally smoothes her new welcome-mat and adjusts the jack-o-lantern.
“Children are coming!”
Cheerful laughs echo through the streets—ballerinas, mermaids, superheroes—but no one stops at the Snakerton’s house.
Sally flicks her forked tongue and thinks.
“We forgot our costumes!”
Slithering into the mudroom, Sally reappears as a sunflower.
A crowd cautiously approaches the front porch and creeps up the steps, one by one.
“Happy Halloween!” the Snakertons shriek.
Blood-curdling screams sound as the children disappear into the darkness.
“Sam!” Sally hisses, smoothing her scales.
“Of course they were scared. You’re dressed as a clown!”
Emily, I’m so glad Susanna found your entry and shared it with us! I love how scary your snake clown was! LOL
Sssally is right – clowns are terrifying!!!