Kaitlyn Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis host the Fall Writing Frenzy contest each year. Contestants are prompted to write a story in 200 words or less by choosing one of their pre-selected fall-themed photos. I chose the little church below. Here's my entry:

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Little Church shimmied with excitement.


Tonight, every child on Elm Street would pass her in a parade of wigs and wings and wands.

Oh, how she quaked for their visits!


No one ever stopped at her dreary old door, but tonight would be different.

She’d be different.




So Little Church prepared.

She opened her windows. “Clear out, cobwebs!” 

Switched on her lights. “Now kids can see me.”

And struck up the fireplace. “Aaahhh, welcoming and warm.”


At sunset, Little Church stood ready. “Here they come!”


But when the parade passed, no feet wandered onto her porch.  

Little Church stooped. Why won’t they visit me?


That’s when she spotted the house across the street.





Little Church watched children run from the house in bursts of screams and laughter.


They…wanted scary.


Little Church’s shingles shook! Scary, she could do!


She bonged her bell. “Wake up, bats!”

Ignited her candles. “Mwah-ha-ha.”

And blasted her organ. ♫ Dun-Dun-DUUUUUUUN! ♫


And then...


She heard them.

The visitors! Their timid tiptoes gathered on her porch.


Little Church stifled a giggle.

Creeeaaaked her door open.


And with one ghastly gust, she whooshed them all inside.

Fall- Credit: Julia Solonina / Unsplash

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I joined Julie Hedlund's 12x12 in 2019. Through this organization, I've attended dozens of webinars from industry professionals, created lasting author relationships, and found answers to countless craft related questions. 
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The SCBWI was the perfect way to launch my writing career. Along with the wonderful writing opportunities this organization provided, it offered me face-to-face networking at regional conferences. I learned how to approach agents/editors tactfully while getting a feel of what they're looking for. 
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  • Whispering Woods Retreat with Jill Esbaum and Pat Zietlow Miller