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Susanna Hill’s 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest

WOW! my 100th blog post is an entry into Susanna Hill's 100-word writing contest. What are the odds of that!

Susanna Leonard Hill, is encouraging writers to practice their craft, while participating (playing) in a fun contest - her 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest.

There is still time to join the fun. The contest ends Tuesday October 31st at 11:59 PM EDT. Even if you can't participate, be sure to stop by and enjoy reading all the entries.

The rules are simple: Write a 100-word Halloween story for children using the words monster, candy-corn, and shadow. For more details, visit Susanna Hill’s website here.

Here is my entry of an unusual Halloween participant. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.


Frog hid under the bench.

When a hollow orange shape appeared, Frog moved in.

A light clicked on, creating shadows and lulling Frog to sleep.

Suddenly, the light disappeared, and a DING-DONG jerked Frog awake.

“AAAHHH!” echoed from the pumpkin - and a small monster fled.

Again, no light and a loud DING-DONG.

“GRROOACK!” echoed from the pumpkin - and a Transformer fled.

When the light vanished again, “CRROOAAK!” echoed from the pumpkin.

“Oh Froggie,” cooed a small scientist, “are you hungry?”

She dropped candy corn into the pumpkin.

Frog licked the corn . . . BLECH!

and fled.

This story was inspired by our resident frog:

Don't forget to check out all the other amazing entries in Susanna Hill's 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest!

Maria Marshall

 Photograph © A. Marshall

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