Happy Valentiny Day ❤️

It’s the 3rd Annual Valentiny Writing Contest from Susanna Leonard Hill, picture book writer extraordinaire. This year’s theme is ‘with a hopeful heart’. Here’s my attempt at the challenge and entry for the contest.

The Note
Stephanie Ward
Word Count: 212

Olivia carefully wrote with her sparkly red pen and folded the valentine just so. She glanced at Miss Crabapple and then tossed it to Aidan.

Just then, Emma stretched out a yawn and the note caught in her long, curly hair.

Emma pulled the card from her curls and read it. Then she giggled and passed it to Mateo.

Mateo loves a good secret. He opened the note and scanned the class. Then he passed it to Nora.

When Nora read the valentine, she blushed from head to toe and dropped it on the floor.

Levi snapped it up, folded it into a paper airplane and sent it flying.

Connor fell out of his chair trying to catch it. Miss Crabapple heard that and sent Connor to a time out in the corner.

Chelsea snatched the paper off Connor’s desk. She whispered to Maggie, but Maggie didn’t know who wrote it. So, Chelsea tossed it over her head.

It landed in front of Hannah’s nose. She looked up, read it, and smiled at Olivia. Then she gave the note to Aidan.

Aidan opened the note and read: “Will you be my valentine?” He smiled and wrote something. Then he handed it back to Olivia.

Olivia slowly opened the valentine and read: “Always.”

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Join in the fun by posting a story on your own blog that’s 214 words or less by the 14th of February and then sharing the link on the contest page. There are fabulous prizes available including critiques by publishers and authors as well as writerly resources. Most importantly, it’s fun.

Hope you all have a lovely Valentiny Day!

The 5th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest

Well-love children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting a fun writing contest this week for Halloween. Here are the rules: Write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children using the words costume, dark and haunt. Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those three words (or variations of those words) and is 100 words or less. Sounds easy, right? Ha!

Oh yes, there are some wonderful prizes up for grabs too. For details about the contest (and to enter, there’s still time!) visit: The 5th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest – aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!!

Needless to say, I’m in. My story is posted below. You are seeing it here first….my official entry into the highly-anticipated 5th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest. Happy Halloween!

An Alien Goes Trick-or-Treating
Stephanie M. Ward
98 words (including dark, costume and haunted)

Allen the Alien has landed on Earth on a cold, dark October night.

“Cool costume!” shouts a princess.

“Take me to your leader,” quips a vampire.

“Beep. Boop. Bop,” greets a robot.

Allen is confused.

“Where did his mother find that outfit?” remarks a witch dragging along a little ghost.

The Earthlings are playing dress up!

Allen puts on his costume – jeans, t-shirt, cap, sneakers. Aliens love to dress up as Earthlings.

Allen follows four ninja turtles to a haunted house.

“Trick or Treat!”

“Poor kid doesn’t have a costume,” whispers the ogre handing out candy.

Allen smiles.