#KidLitZombieWeek Welcome: Tips, Examples, and Inspiration

Hooray! We’re so glad you’re here! Welcome to the third annual #KidLitZombieWeek, a time to breathe new life into old “dead” manuscripts. This event is hosted by my critique group, 6 Ladies and a MANuscript. Find out more about #KidLitZombieWeek HERE on our website, including donor wisdom, FAQs, and PRIZES! Where do we start with …

May News

Happy May! I’m excited to share that Ladybug has accepted my poem Wish for publication. I’ve been sending out many pieces to magazines this spring, so I hope to have more good news to share in the future. Here are the books my family and I have been reading and loving this month. Earlier this …

April News

Happy April! Popping in with some poetry news: my poem, Bandages! is in the April issue of High Five. The adorable illustration is by Elisa Ferro. I’m elated about my first published piece in my children’s favorite magazine! I’m excited as a dancing donut to share that my story Lizzie’s Bedtime Questions is in this …

March News

Happy March! First, I have some contest news! My story V-Day! won seventh place in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny contest. I love-love-love this contest, and it was an honor and a sweet treat to be a finalist again this year. (Click here for my Valentiny blog post.) Congratulations to all the winners, honorable mentions, and …

#50Precious Words Story: Family Reunion

It’s time for #50PreciousWords, hosted by children’s author Vivian Kirkfield! Click here for more details about this contest. This year Vivian added a wonderful new literacy initiative to the challenge. More information can be found below. Here’s my 50-word story. Family Reunion  By Sarah Meade 50 words Aunts, uncles  Brothers, sisters  Cousins!  Dads, moms Everyone’s …

2022 Valentiny Writing Contest

Happy Valentiny time! It’s the seventh year of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny contest and my fourth year participating. This is one of my favorite writing contests ever, and I’m excited to share my stories. Read about the contest rules (214-word count limit, must include feeling proud) here. Read all the Valentiny stories by clicking here. …

Kids’ Choice Kidlit Writing Contest: Snow Fun Without You

Author Kailei Pew has created a genius idea: the Kids’ Choice Kidlit Writing Contest! Click here to read more about the contest details, including the rules and prizes.  Click here to read the contest entries! I’m delighted to be offering a prize for the contest: a copy of Hop to It: Poems to Get You Moving. I’m …

2022 Multicultural Children’s Book Day

This is my third year participating in Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This year I received not one book, but four books from a series! I read the books with my children (ages four and five). My son’s favorite book was If You Were Me and Lived in . . . Viking Europe. My daughter’s favorite …

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