# Fall Writing Frenzy

It’s that time of year when the leaves fall and change colors, and the weather gets colder. It’s also time for…another writing contest! Yay!

Hosted by author Lydia Lukidis and agent/author Kaitlyn Sanchez, here’s how it goes. Pick one of their fall images and write a 200-word story, mood piece, or poem to go with it. That’s it!

The Image I picked:



Deep in the woods, buried beneath the crimson and golden leaves  

Autumn hunts for a stick. 

Not just any stick.

A sword?

A staff?

A magic wand!


Swish. Swish.

Autumn wields it in the sky.

“Zip! Zap! Zoom! I turn you into a broom!”


The broom wiggle waggles through the air. 

“It worked!” 

Autumn leaps aboard and… she’s off!  

“Whoa! Easy. Easy!”

Swirling and whirling through the forest,

her broom dodges branches and trees.

“Steady! Steady!” Autumn calls.

They flit along the lily pad pond.

It oozes and goozes green, bubbly slime.

“Zip! Zap! Slow!”

The broom halts.

To be a true witch, Autumn needed a potion.

A wicked potion.

A tasty potion.

She cupped her hands and…


“What a scrumptious treat. Perfect for a witch like me!” 


Her nose twitched and itched.

Her toes curled.

“I’m green!

Such a lovely green…

But a froggy green!”


“Oh no.” 


“Broom! Quick! Help!

Zip! Zap! Zoom! Unturn me from a…”



And there you have it! Thanks for stopping by!

Halloween Contest


Author Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting her 8th annual Halloween writing contest. Here’s the catch from Susanna’s blog:


The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words shivercauldron, and howl.  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 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over).

I love being challenged to write something in so little words. It gets those creative juices flowing! Check out her sight to read other fabulous and frightening entries. Thanks, Susanna for the festive activity!

Here are my entries:

Halloween Surprise (99-words)

“Last stop,” Dad says pausing by an old house.

I squeeze his hand.

“This isn’t Grandma and Grandpa’s?”

“Come on.” He winks.

The wind howls around me.

I shiver. Even my fairy wings tremble.

Dad knocks.


Inside, a cauldron bubbles.

An old lady wearing a pointed hat stirs the pot.

“Come in,” she cackles.

I hide behind Dad.

“Her stew’s full of eyeballs and spiders!” I whisper.

I yank Dad to escape.

“Happy Halloween!”

“Grandma!” I giggle at her witch costume.

“Welcome to our BOO-tiful new house!” Grandpa howls, carrying candy.

“Now, that’s a trick, but such a treat!”


Halloween Mishap (90-words)

Time has come

What to be?

On this frightful Halloween.


Find a spell

add some goo

In the cauldron, stir the brew.


Gulp! I sip

down it goes

Pop! Out sticks a pointy nose?


What is this?

The wrong spell?

I’m not feeling very well.


Long black hair

to my knees,

In flies Broomstick on a breeze.


Help! I cry,

and I howl

now I’m feeling very foul.


Pop! A wart

more green skin,

shiver like a skeleton.


It’s too late

I guess I’ll be,

just a witch for Halloween.