Twenty-Five Days of Christmas Books

This year I tried the 25 Days of Christmas Books with my two small children. I opted out of wrapping 25 books and leaving them under the tree, because they would have all been unwrapped on the first day. Instead, every morning in December, I set out a stocking under our tree with a new …

Candy Cane Clara: Holiday Helpers Writing Contest #3

This is my third (and final) story for Susanna Hill’s Holiday Helpers contest for children’s writers. CANDY CANE CLARA By Sarah Meade Word Count: 250 Clara loved candy canes.  Their bright stripes, sweet smell, and handy hooks.   She kept every candy cane she received, but she never, ever ate them. One day Clara decided to …

Mila & the Missing Baby Jesuses: Holiday Helpers Writing Contest #2

 Mila and the Missing Baby Jesuses By Sarah Meade Word Count: 250 When we give Grandma the Nativity, her eyes shine.  I wish she’d smile, instead of crying. Grandpa always gave her a Nativity set.  But this is our first Christmas without Grandpa. Evan and I place the pieces. “Ready to bake cookies?” asks Mom.  …

A Gummy Goose for Good Luck: Holiday Helpers Writing Contest #1

It’s time once again for another one of Susanna Hill’s wonderful writing contests! This is the tenth year of the holiday contest and my third year participating. The 2018 holiday contest was my first kid lit writing contest ever. The rules are to write a holiday story for children (ages 12 and under) that involves …

The 7 Days of HoliYAY! Day 3

My writing group, Critique Sisters, and I are getting into the giving spirit by doing a week of giveaways. Each day, you can visit a new blog for a chance to win a book or #kidlit prize. The giveaway will close on Sunday evening 12/6, and winners will be announced on Monday, December 7th. Think …

#KidLitZombieWeek Check-In & Success Story!

Hello, kid lit friends! We at 6 Ladies and a MANuscript have some news that we’ve been dying to share!  Judith Valdes Breidenstine is our first #KidLitZombieWeek success story! She recently signed with her literary agent, Hilary Harwell of KT Literary. The story that she submitted to her agent was the one she resurrected during …

More November Thursday Read-Throughs!

Last week I participated for the first time with my friend and critique partner, Maryna Doughty, in Thursday Read-Throughs. I enjoyed reading the work of three of the winners, Dana Miroballi, Bonnie Kelso, and Armineh Manookian. It’s time for another round!  Would you like a recording of your kid lit material (1000 words or less)? …

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