Valenturtle: Valentiny Contest Entry #1

Valenturtle By Sarah Meade Word Count: 214 Miss Turtle arrived at the Valentine’s party right on time. But all alone.  She set her sweetheart strawberry shortcake on the festive table and looked around. What delightful decorations! “But where’s Tortoise?” she wondered. Frog and Toad hopped in, bearing Be Mine brownies.   “Marvelous music,” said Frog. “But …

My Second SCBWI Conference: Adventures in Publishing in Miami, Florida

A few weeks ago I was delighted to attend the Southern Florida SCBWI conference in sunny Miami! There were FIVE inspiring and moving keynote speakers: Tara Lazar, Vanessa Brantley Newton, Lynne Kelly, Sherri Duskey Rinker, and Jack Cheng. The first books panel was delightfully inspiring, and the agent panel was informative too. Each of my …

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review of STAGE DREAMS

January 31, 2020 is Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and I’m delighted to be participating for the first time this year as a reviewer. I read many, many, many picture books and quite a bit of middle grade books as well. I read a bit of YA as well, but I’ve never read a YA graphic …

Claire’s Big Christmas Trip: Holiday Contest Entry #2

Claire’s Big Christmas Trip By Sarah Meade Word Count: 248 Claire couldn’t wait to visit Aunt Abby in the city. They had BIG plans.  Shopping! Ice skating! And checking out the BIG city Christmas tree. On Christmas Eve, Claire and Mom arrived at the train station.  “Ready for holiday fun?” asked Aunt Abby. “Yes! BIG …

Natalia’s Silent Night: Holiday Contest Entry #1

Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting the 9th annual holiday writing contest this week. Her writing contests are challenging and festively fun! I was honored to receive two honorable mentions in this year’s Halloweensie contest: Great Use of Language in The Goblin and the Girl and Contestants Who Entered Multiple Strong Entries. The current challenge is …

Lulu’s Love Potion: Halloweensie #3

Lulu’s Love Potion Word Count: 99 Lulu’s witch sisters loved Halloween. But Lulu loved love… and Valentine’s Day.  “Candy corn?” said Sue. “I prefer candy hearts,” said Lulu. “Spooky sounds!” said Rue. “Love songs are better,” said Lulu. “Pink potion punch?” offered Drew. “That’s it!” said Lulu.  A love potion. Lulu gathered ingredients. The potion …

Zibby’s Zaboo: Halloweensie #2

Zibby’s Zaboo Word Count: 100 On Halloween Zibby began learning magic.  Mumzy said, “Blend a batch of brew.” Zibby waved her wand. “Zibbity-zabbity-zibba-zaboo!”  An ocean of potion!  Gramzy said, “Clear a couple cobwebs.” “Zibbity-zabbity-zibba-zaboo!”  A tomb of a room! Mumzy said, “Pick a pumpkin.” “Zibbity-zabbity-zibba-zaboo!”  She plucked the whole patch! Gramzy said, “Conjure some candy.” …

The Goblin and the Girl: Halloweensie #1

The Goblin and the Girl Word Count: 100 The goblin spied someone stalking up the steps. A girl? By the cobwebbed window, the goblin grump-slumped. At the dusty door, the girl bump-thumped. Knock-knock. Nothing. The goblin wiggle-giggled. The girl ring-rang. Bing-bang. Nothing. The goblin cluckle-chuckled. The girl sing-sang. “Trick or treeeeeeeeeeeat!” The goblin checked. Yep, …

My First SCBWI Conference

I spent the last weekend in September attending the SCBWI Carolinas Stories in Pictures and Prose conference in Charlotte, NC. It was such a treat to be among my fellow writers, meet new people, learn from informative sessions, and socialize with adults, without chasing children at the same time. I took pages and pages of …

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