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Autumn Opportunities: Part Two

Updated: Oct 8, 2019

My normal Monday blog featured a critique opportunity from pbspotlight; but as I mentioned in that blog, autumn opportunities abound. So I just wanted to let you know about another literary opportunity going on over at Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez's site Math is Everywhere. It is the first, of what I hope is many, Official Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy Contest and there are a whopping 51 prizes available. To enter this contest you simply need to choose one of the given picture prompts and write a story not exceeding 200 words. There are a few other rules, but you can read those on her site.


Below is my entry which I hope inspires you to write one of your own. So go out there and get writing!


I’m Not Tired

Aileen Stewart

Astewart27@neo.rr.com

Word Count (170)

PB prize level (United States)


High up in a gnarly tree sat two crows. Their parents were visiting relatives in a neighboring forest, which meant Brother was in charge.

“It’s time for bed,” he cawed.

Sister closed her eyes and Brother followed suit.

After only a few minutes, Sister sighed. “I’m not tired.”

“That is a problem,” cawed Brother. “Perhaps you need a drink.

So they flew to the river and had a good long sip.

Sister fluffed her feathers. “I’m still not tired,” she cawed.

Brother looked around. “Perhaps you need a snack.”

So they flew to a nearby tree and snagged a juicy pear.

Sister licked her beak clean. “That was good, but I’m still not tired!”

Brother coaxed Sister back to their home branch. He only had one idea left. He began to sing a song their mother sang when they were fledglings.

Sister’s eyes began to droop, and soon her head rested on Brother’s shoulder. When the last note drifted into the night, she whispered. “Thanks. That’s just what I needed.”

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