***Please note this post is from last year, for this year’s info, please go to: https://lydialukidis.wordpress.com/fall-writing-frenzy-contest-2020/ ****
Hey there Kidlit community,
Something about the seasons changing has got me all excited! SCBWI British Isles just posted a picture on Twitter yesterday that inspired me to write a short little poem, and I just can’t help myself. I’m ready to do a fun contest.
This will hopefully get your creative juices ready for the amazing Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie contest at the end of October, which I just can’t wait for myself!
My wonderful friend, Lydia Lukidis, is going to help out with planning and judging this fun contest!
DRUM ROLL PA-LEASE!!
Photo by JTMultimidia on Pexels.com
Here’s the contest:
1. Pick one of the Fall Images below and write about it. You can write a poem, a story, a mood piece, whatever comes to mind. Happy, scary, beautiful, grotesque, whatever suits your fancy for any kidlit age: board book through young adult.
Maximum length: 200 words
2. You can write about the picture or EVEN oppose it, like write the opposite of what it makes you think. Just let the photo inspire you and have fun!
3. Between Oct 7 and Oct 11, 2019 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time, post your response as a comment on the contest blog post (I’ll link it here on the 7th). (**Edit: we’re going to use a Google Form so you can post to your blog and hopefully get some new subscribers**)
4. Please include your: name, contact info for if you win a prize (ie. twitter handle, facebook name, or email–sorry I haven’t figured out Instagram yet), the image you chose, the word count of your piece, age level of the prize you’d prefer (BB, PB, CB, MG, YA), and the country you’re in, as some prizes are US only.
One entry per person please.
4. Share share share. You all know I love reading, especially original work. Share with your writing groups, on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. If we get a large response, it may become an annual thing.
5. Comment on this post if you have questions, comments, or just want to say how excited you are. You all know how much I LOVE excitement!!!
Winners will be selected by me OR their prize donor on whatever qualifications they want. For me, I’ll choose whatever speaks to me most, could be sentimental, sweet, powerful, funny, lyrical, scary, inspiring, or something I haven’t thought of. I’m excited to be surprised!
- Picture Book manuscript critique from me, Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez
- Picture Book manuscript critique from co-host, Lydia Lukidis
- Picture Book manuscript critique, developmental editing with Sam K. Cabbage
- Query Letter Critique (2 winners) AND a Pitch Critique (3 winners) from Lynne Marie
- Rhyming Picture Book Manuscript Critique by Gayle C. Krause
- Non-rhyming PB manuscript critique, or 1st chapter of CB, MG, or YA critique from Candice Marley Conner
- A copy of Corey Rosen Schwartz’s newest Picture Book Two Tough Trucks (US only)
- Non-rhyming Fiction Picture Book Manuscript critique from Rosie J. Pova
- Non-rhyming PB manuscript critique from Jolene Gutiérrez
- A signed copy of Della Ross Ferreri’s newest board book Huggle Wuggle, Bedtime Snuggle (US only)
- PB manuscript critique from Vivian Kirkfield
- Non-rhyming picture book manuscript critique from Stacey Corrigan
- First chapter critique for CB, MG, or YA from Amanda Rawson Hill
- Picture Book dummy and/or manuscript critique by Helen Huiting Wu
- A signed copy of Stay Through the Storm by Joanna Rowland (US only)
- Winner’s choice of Nonfiction PB critique or Queen Of Physics swag (blank notebook or tea towel) from Teresa Robeson
- Picture book manuscript critique from Amanda Jackson
- A signed copy of Cindy Lurie’s Picture Book A Special Magic
- Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Korrie Leer
- Winner’s choice of Query Critique or MS critique, Rhyme or Non-rhyme, and Nonfiction Bio by Amber Hendricks
- One free Personalized Storybook from Shutterfly (US / Canada residents only)
- A first chapter critique plus synopsis of a contemporary MG or YA novel from Sarah Aronson
- Picture Book Manuscript critique from Emily Matheis
- Winner’s Choice of PB Manuscript or first chapter CB/MG critique or signed copy of ROCK AND ROLL WOODS from Sherry Howard
- Critique for a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Picture Book manuscript or Spanish only Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Mariana Llanos
- A Copy of Grimelda and the Spooktacular Pet Show from Diana Murray
- A Signed Paperback of Sarah Ashwood Blackwell’s fairytale fantasy Knight’s Rebirth
- A signed copy of Ciara O’Neal’s Picture Book, Flamingo Hugs (US only, one winner) AND a Picture Book Manuscript Critique (one winner)
- A Signed Copy of Barbara Lowell’s picture book, Sparky & Spike: Charles Schulz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever (US only)
- MG Query or First Chapter Critique from Rajani LaRocca (2 winners)
- Picture Book Text or Dummy Critique from Megan and Jorge Lacera
- Critique of a first chapter and synopsis of MG or YA novel from Samantha M. Clark
- PB critique (1 winner) AND a copy of Danielle Dufayet’s Fantastic You (1 winner)
- Winner’s Choice: First 10 pages critique of Middle Grade or Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Donna Barba Higuera
- Query Critique from Laura Roettiger
- Fiction PB manuscript critique from Meera Sriram
- First chapter + 1 page synopsis critique of a MG manuscript from Jarrett Lerner
- PB or Query Critique from Nadia Salomon (1 winner) and a copy of Ilona Bray’s MOSSBY’S MAGIC CARPET HANDBOOK (1 winner)
- Editing services up to 10K for any level from Elizabeth Grant – Sparkle Studio
- PB Critique rhyming, non-rhyming, or NF from Shannon Stocker
- A signed Copy of The Green Umbrella from Jackie Azúa Kramer
- A Signed Copy of any one of Susanna Hill’s books
- Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Anitra Rowe Schulte
- Non-rhyming Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Joana Pastro
Fall Frenzy Images 2019
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.comImage
Photo by Tejas Prajapati on Pexels.com
Photo by kalyan deep on Pexels.com
Photo by Jake Colvin on Pexels.com
Can’t wait to hear about how excited you all are! Make sure to support the authors and illustrators by checking out their links, buying their books, reviewing them, requesting a purchase from your library, and sharing about their books on Facebook and Twitter.
And as always on the MathisEverywhere blog, we ask, where’s the math? Everywhere!
In this case, mainly counts:
We have over 30 amazing prizes donated by generous people.
We hope to have a high number of entries.
The spread of the news of the contest is likely to be exponential, one person tweets, then others retweet and from their retweet many others retweet.
And of course, I hope this contest will go on to thrive for many years to come!
Also the giveaway for Annemarie Riley Guertin’s signed copy of Why Evergreens Keep Their Leave ends on Thursday, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, do so here and now!