Thursday Read-Throughs with Maryna Doughty

My friend and critique partner, Maryna Doughty, has begun a new blog series called Thursday Read-Throughs. This week I’m excited to join her!  Picture books are meant to be read aloud, so it’s important for authors to hear their work read aloud. A recording of a first-time read-through can give a writer insights into the …

Halloweensie Story #2: Skeleton Ring

I wrote two stories this year for Halloweensie. This one was inspired by my little one’s recent interest in a Halloween ring. Skeleton Ring By  Sarah Meade Word Count: 100 A witch woke me. “Happy Halloween!” I shrieked. Mom giggled, removing her mask. “Time for pumpkin pancakes!” I laughed. Halloween’s our favorite. After breakfast, we …

Halloweensie Story #1: Halloween with Trixie & the Twins

It’s time once again for one of Susanna Leonard Hill’s wonderful writing contests. Although this is only my second year participating, 2020 marks ten years of Halloweensie! The rules are simple: tell a Halloween story in 100 words or less, including the words skeleton, mask, and creep. A scary fun challenge! Halloween with Trixie & …

October Opportunities in Kidlit

What an exciting month in the kidlit world! Opportunities abound like pumpkins in a patch. The deadline has passed to submit a story, but there’s still time to read the amazing entries to the second annual #FallWritingFrenzy contest! Hosted by agent/author Kaitlyn Sanchez and author Lydia Lukadis, this contest offers 36 great prizes. To read …

Fall Writing Frenzy 2020: Chippy Little

I’m delighted to be participating for the second year in the Fall Writing Frenzy contest, hosted by Kaitlyn Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis. Click for info on the rules: https://lydialukidis.wordpress.com/fall-writing-frenzy-contest-2020/ CHIPPY LITTLE By Sarah Meade Word Count: 200 Two chipmunks chased each other up and down and around the tall trees on Folly Farm. “Oh MY!” …

#SunWriteFun Contest: Seafood Shack

Seafood Shack By Sarah Meade  Word Count: 197 “Welcome to Seafood Shack! I’m Melody, and I’ll be serving you tonight. Our specials are lobster thermidor and crab cakes. What can I get you to drink?”  “Lemonade, please,” said Mom. “Same here,” said Dad. “Me too,” said Casey. “OK, I’ll be right back!”  “I think I’ll …

KidLitZombieWeek: Critique Groups Creep In to Help Create Zombie Stories!

My critique group, 6 Ladies and a MANuscript, and I are hosting the first #KidLitZombieWeek June 22 – 26.  What IS Kid Lit Zombie Week? It’s a whole week dedicated to reviving “dead manuscripts!” These are stories that you may have shelved for one reason or another. It could be that you hit a wall.  …

How to Revise a Manuscript That’s Been Eating You Alive [Guest Post by Sarah Heaton, co-host of #KidLitZombieWeek]

My critique group, 6 Ladies and a MANuscript, and I are hosting the first #KidLitZombieWeek June 22 – 26.  This post is written by my super critique partner, lovely & lyrical writer Sarah Heaton. I wish that I could say that my zombie manuscripts are locked safely in a drawer, but in fact, they’re everywhere …

Susanna Leonard Hill’s Mix’n’Match Mini Writing Challenge

Susanna Leonard Hill has created another fun challenge for kidlit authors: seven weeks of writing prompts! Read all about it here: https://susannahill.com/2020/05/11/announcing-the-eenie-meenie-miney-mini-writing-challenge/ Here are the stories I’ve written so far… Week 1: BEACH BUMMED By Sarah Meade “We’re here!” Mom says.“Woohoo!” Brewer cheers. “Let’s swim!”“Yes!” Elena says. “But first: sandcastles!”“Done,” says Brewer.“No, a whole kingdom.”Brewer …

Not the Same Easter: Spring Fling Kidlit Contest

Not the Same Easter By Sarah Meade Word Count: 150 Kelby awoke smiling. “Happy Easter, Kelby!” “Happy Easter, Mom! Time to find eggs?” “Yes!” So she did. “Time to look in my basket?” “Yes!” So she did. “Time to go to church?” Mom’s smile slipped. “Not this year, sweetie.” Kelby sighed. They watched church on …

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