As you all know, I do not normally post on Thursdays.
That is because Thursday is my day for lying on the couch eating bonbons.
I am making an exception today because I have something VERY important to discuss with you.
Something that I know has been weighing as heavily on your minds as it has on mine.
Something very crucial!
Something so earth-shatteringly important that it probably kept you up all night!
So let’s just lay it out on the table, shall we?
What is the deal with that 5th dentist???
I’m serious! 4 out of 5 dentists recommend Trident for their patients who chew gum. But the 5th dentist won’t step up!
Obviously s/he is holding out for something!
A vacation in the Caribbean? A fancy car? A nice fat donation to his/her bank account?
Or maybe s/he is just a nonconformist – bucking the establishment – refusing to follow the rest of the herd sheep-like!
But, whatever! Cave already! Give us the confidence to know that ALL 5 dentists are on board with Trident! How can we chew it if the non-recommending 5th dentist is right? If s/he knows something s/he’s not telling us???!!!
Ah! I feel better now that I’ve gotten that out in the open!
What do you guys think? Should we track down that 5th dentist and get a straight answer?
You don’t CARE?
Why? Were you expecting a discussion on another topic?
I’m not sure anything needs our attention as much as that 5th dentist…
THE WINNERS OF
The 6th Annual HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!!!
As you are all aware by now, we had a record turnout for the Halloweensie Contest – 150 entries! Holy Halloweensie! Who’d-a-thunk it?
I was thrilled beyond measure to see so many wonderful stories and meet so many new writers!
But with large entry numbers come hard choices. My assistant judges and I worked hard to winnow the total down to a manageable number of finalists that we felt were truly all-around deserving of that distinction, and those were the ones we presented to you on Monday for your vote.
There were, however, many other entries that were outstanding in certain areas even though they might not have qualified all-around for one reason or another (one reason being that, at a certain point, we just had to stop adding finalists to the list! :))
So my assistant judges and I would like to award recognition and a small prize to the following authors for the following merits:
1. For Honorable Mention In The Competition As A Whole: (all-arond well-written stories we loved that just missed the finals for one small reason or another!)
Ann Kelly for BooBoo Ghostie Caught A Sneezy!
Wendy Greenley for Halloween Costume Countdown
Marla LeSage for Where The Candy Went
Jen Garrett for Too Old For Halloween
Patricia Nozell for Another Halloweensie Tale
Shelley Kinder for Four Finicky Ghosties
Jessica Dunnagan for Ghost Saves Halloween
Kristen Foote for The Spiders Who Stole Halloween
2. For Great Kid Appeal: (not already in the finals)
Laura Gutman for Untitled
Kelly Darke for Spider-Ghost
3. For Best Descriptive/Mood Piece:
Jill Proctor for A Headless Halloween
Johnell DeWitt for Spiders, Spiders, Everywhere
Alistair Lane for Halloween Haiku
Kirsten Bock for Into The Forest
4. For Best Use of Poetic Language:
Susie Sawyer for The Ghost Of The Moon Spider
5. For Spookiest Entry: (not already in the finals)
David McMullin for BUZZZZZ!
Merriweather Kane for Dare
6. For Funniest Entry: (not already in the finals)
Matthew Lasley for The Haunted Outhouse
Gabi Snyder for Zombie Mommy
Michele Blood for Hesper’s Revenge (dark humor 🙂 )
7. For Best Written Original Point of View: (not already in the finals)
Vivian Kirkfield for The Trick Or Treat Bag (POV of… you got it!…the trick or treat bag!)
Lindsay Leslie for Cornered (POV of Halloween candy)
8. For Originality/Creativity:
Hilary S for Entry #2 (mom’s a dentist!)
Kristy Rachal for Monster Chef (a monster halloween food network style 🙂 )
9. For Favorite Character:
Julie Abery for her Teensy-Weensy Witch
Angela Hawkins for her Gertude The Hornless Unicorn
Patricia Tilton for her Matilda in All Hallows Eve
Congratulations to all of you for fantastic elements of your stories! You may all email me at susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com to collect your prize, which is your choice of one of the following: (the titles are all links so you can go see what they’re about)
Picture Books: The Write Way by Laura Salas and Lisa Bullard, OR
Rhyming Picture Books: The Write Way by Laura Salas and Lisa Bullard, OR
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi , OR
The Postitive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Attributes by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, OR
The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Flaws by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, OR
In paperback: (PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR EMAIL!)
Show & Tell In A Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions From Telling To Showing by Jessica Bell, OR
Creating Extraordinary Characters by Angela Hunt, OR
Evoking Emotion by Angela Hunt, OR
Picture Books: The Write Way by Laura Salas and Lisa Bullard, OR
Rhyming Picture Books: The Write Way by Laura Salas and Lisa Bullard
Now then. A word about the prizes before I announce the winners.
We have 10 fabulous prizes, generously donated by authors and various professionals in the writing field. My policy is to let the first place winner have first pick of all the prizes, the second place winner have second choice, etc. That way hopefully nobody gets something they already have, and hopefully everyone gets something that’s valuable to them. All prizes are listed at the bottom of this post for your convenience in perusing the goodies 🙂
Onto the moment you’ve all been waiting for. . .
. . . the reason you got out of bed this morning. . .
. . . in spite of your bleary eyes and rumpled hair. . .
. . . to once and for all get a straight answer about chewing gum out of that stubborn 5th dentist!!!
. . . THE WINNERS OF THE 2016 HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST as chosen by you, our esteemed voters!!!!!
In First Place, winner of the whole entire contest and top of the heap who gets first choice of all the prizes…
The Witch’s Broom
Congratulations, Judy, on a delightful and humorous entry that was all around well done and clearly very popular!!!
In Second Place,
Congratulations, Meagan, on a wonderfully written fun entry! You get first choice of the prizes that are left after Judy chooses!
In Third Place,
Little Witch’s Holiday
Congratulations, Jen, on an entertaining entry with a great surprise ending that we all loved! You get first choice of the prizes that are left after Judy and Meagan choose!
In Fourth Place,
Little Miss Zombie
Congratulations, Ingrid, on a beautifully written version of the classic rhyme with a fun twist! You get
In Fifth Place,
Tree’s Halloween Costume
Congratulations, Linda, on your cleverly written entry with a perfectly fitting ending! You get to pick your prize after Judy, Meagan, Jen, and Ingrid!
In Sixth Place,
Congratulations, Sandy, on your deliciously just-the-right-amount-of-spooky entry! You get to pick your prize after Judy, Meagan, Jen, Ingrid, and Linda!
In Seventh Place,
Spider And Ghost
Congratulations, Jim, on a fun story with believably competitive characters and a great ending! I’m sure you get the idea of the prize picking by now! 🙂
In Eighth Place, a tie! between
Karen LaSalvia for Candy Korn and Sara Gentry for Spider’s Trick Or Treat
Congratulations, Karen and Sara for clever, delightfully-written stories, Karen’s with a very original POV, Sara’s a masterpiece of perfect brevity! You get to pick your prizes after Jim.
In Tenth Place,
Moon’s Halloween Surprise
Congratulations, Stefanie, on a sweet and wistful entry that we all loved! You get the prize that’s left… hopefully still something good that you want! 🙂
And, I don’t think I need to remind anyone that in addition to all these fabulous prizes, everyone mentioned on this page has bragging rights as having won or placed in the Pretty Much World Famous Halloweensie Contest! Not just anyone can say that 🙂
All the winners should email me at susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com with the subject heading Prize Winner so we can work out details for you to receive your prizes! Finalists who did not finish in the top 10 (Leslie and Becky) may also contact me for their choice of the Kindle or paperback prizes listed above.
Congratulations again to all our winners – it was a stiff competition!! – and congratulations to EVERYONE who wrote and entered a story in the contest. You all deserve a huge round of applause, a confetti parade, and a large amount of chocolate cake 🙂
Thank you to everyone who helped make this contest SO MUCH FUN, whether by writing an entry, reading people’s stories, leaving comments for the authors, and/or voting in the finals. It’s because of all of you that this contest was such a success, so many, many thanks from the bottom of my heart!
And before we go, I will give you all advance warning so you can start planning a little time into your December schedule…
The 6th Annual Holiday Writing Contest will be coming up sometime in the neighborhood of December 8-12 so we can all fully enjoy it and still have time for last minute holiday things. I will do my best to post the rules well in advance so you all have time to work on your stories!
Have a terrific Thursday everyone, and thanks again for making the Halloweensie Contest such a wonderful time for all! 🙂
– a Picture Book Manuscript Critique by wonderful editor Marilyn Brigham of Two Lions!!!
Marilyn Brigham edits picture books, chapter books, and middle grade for Two Lions, the children’s imprint at Amazon Publishing. Her recent titles include Go to School, Little Monster by Helen Ketteman, illustrated by Bonnie Leick and The Secret Knock Club: The Great Sleep-Under, by Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud, illustrated by Adam McHeffey. She is looking for commercial, character-driven picture books and chapter books; holiday picture books; and widely appealing, high-concept middle grade. She is not currently acquiring board books or nonfiction.
– winner’s choice of a Picture Book Manuscript Critique or a 15-minute phone call for all your writerly questions from fantastic author Katy Duffield (LOUD LULA – Two Lions 2015, FARMER MCPEEPERS AND HIS MISSING MILK COWS – Cooper Square Publishing 2003, ALIENS GET THE SNIFFLES TOO – forthcoming from Candlewick, and many other titles)
– winner’s choice of a Picture Book Manuscript Critique or a Query Letter Critique from amazing author Dori Kleber (MORE-IGAMI, Candlewick 2016)
– a Picture Book Manuscript Critique from the awesome Vivian Kirkfield, author of the forthcoming SWEET DREAMS, SARAH – Creston Books, 2017) AND personalized signed copies of her wonderful books SHOW ME HOW and the LUCKY DRAW ANTHOLOGY.
– a Bundle Of Books from KidLit411 (must be selected by someone in the USA due to postage) including:
THEY ALL SAW A CAT by Brendan Wenzel
GOODNIGHT GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
THE LITTLE MOUSE, THE RED RIPE STRAWBERRY AND THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR by Don and Audrey Wood
A MORNING WITH GRANDPA- Sylvia Liu
Middle Grade Books:
THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME- Jennifer E. Smith
SUNNY SIDE UP Jennifer and Matthew Holm
IF YOU’RE READING THIS Trent Reedy
AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS Gennifer Choldenko
(What a totally awesome book bundle for writers, readers, parents, teachers, or gift-givers!!!)
– a 6 month subscription to One Stop For Writers (value $50)
– an e-pub or PDF copy (winner’s choice) of Linda Ashman‘s Nuts And Bolts Guide To Writing Picture Books.
– a personalized signed copy of THE PEDDLER’S BED by Lauri Fortino
– a personalized signed copy of GRIMELDA THE VERY MESSY WITCH by Diana Murray
Please join me again 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 holiday or other gift purchases, rating and/or reviewing their books on GoodReads, Amazon, B&N or anywhere else if you like them, or supporting them in any other way you can dream up 🙂