Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Helga’s Black Cat Search

Here is another contest and it's not too late. You have until 11:59 tomorrow night!

Here is my entry to  the 3rd annual Halloweesie Contest sponsored by Susanna Leonard Hill.  The rules of the contest are simple: write a Halloween story in 100 words or less.  It can be scary or funny, poetry or prose, but it must be appropriate for children and include the words spooky, black cat, and cackle.

Helga’s Black Cat Search

Helga, the witch, wanted a spooky black cat for Halloween. She found one in the woods by a dead tree. It had a white stripe down its back and boy did it stink!

Helga looked some more and found a gray cat with a black mask, but it kept stealing her frog’s warts and eye of newts.

Helga looked and looked and found a spooky black cat that arched its back and hissed and spat at her. It was so scary she cackled, “I’ll take all three!.”


Monday, October 28, 2013

Contests Abound

A good way to break into print is to enter a contest. There are several contests that do not have an entry fee. To name a few: Children's Writer has extended their poetry contest to November 15. If you subscribe to this newsletter it does not cost anything. If you don't belong, then it will cost $15 BUT you get eight months of the newsletter free. Check back often because they have many contests throughout the year.

If you are older than 40 years of age check out Midlife Collage, again the entry free is 0! See Submission guidelines at

Susanna Hill is also hosting a contest for Halloween:
You have to write a story in less than 100 words.

These are just a few to get you started.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Book In A Week

Monday is the beginning of the October challenge. If you like the NaNoWriMo, then you will love BIW.
The first week of each month is set aside to write without editing. You set your goal and turn in the number of pages you have written.
Not only do you get the fulfillment of getting your project written, you may also win a prize.

You have two chances to win:
1. The person with the most written pages
2. A participant drawing of those who met there goal and submitted in time.

I like this because I have a hard time moving forward. I want to stop and edit every single detail. At this rate I will never get my project completed.

This month I'm really excited, because the next month is NaNoWriMo, which I want to participate in also.
My goal is to finish this novel before the end of the year so I can start editing in earnest.