It’s time for another contest run by Susanna Leonard Hill. Her contests are always challenging but loads of fun.
Here are the rules:
The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words pumpkin, broomstick, and creak. Your story can be poetry or prose, scary, funny or anything in between, 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!) Get it? Halloweensie – because it’s not very long and it’s for little people 🙂 (And yes, I know 100 words is short but that’s part of the fun and the challenge! We got nearly 80 fantastic entries last year so I know you can do it!) Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. creak, creaky, creaks, creaking, creaked. No illustration notes please!
Although it’s the fourth annual “Halloweensie” contest, it’s my first time entering. I wrote two stories and had trouble choosing which one to enter. My beta readers were no help either. They were split in half as to which one I should enter. (Can I enter both?)
I finally decided to enter “Creaky Cackle”. After reading it and letting me know what you think, swing on over to the list of other stories. It’s as much fun reading the other entries as it is writing one.
Ever since Winnie Witch crashed into a creek, her cackle was creaky.
Ah ha ha…hack…cough, cough…
Hallowe’en hijinks were hindered.
Broomstick in hand, she wobbled into the witch doctor’s office.
“Whoa,” said the doctor as she peered into Winnie’s mouth. “It looks like you’ve got a frog in your throat.”
“Chew this pumpkin lozenge,” the doctor decreed.
“Yuck,” Winnie gagged. Splutter, cough, cough…
Out bounded a bullfrog.
“Ba–ruump,” protested the frog and hopped off.
Ahhh ha ha ha ha…Winnie Witch whooped.
“Stay out of creeks,” the doctor yelled as Winnie Witch bounded off on her broomstick.
Update: I placed eighth in this contest! Hooray! For a list of all the winners, click here.