Spring Fling Kidlit Contest

Your Challenge:

Find a gif and write a spring-inspired story. Blossoming flowers? Sure! Easter eggs? You bet! Mothers day? Of course! Anything related to Spring is yours for the telling.

Spring Fling Rules

1. Your story should be geared towards kids ages 12 or under.

2. Choose a gif to inspire your story.

3. All gifs should be child appropriate and in no way be derogatory towards any faith, race, etc.

4. Now for the dreaded word count! You have 150 words. That’s it! No more but less is always welcome.

5. Your title is not included in the word count.

6. No illustration notes pretty please.

7. Your gif should be the only visual with your story.

8. The Spring Fling contest officially begins on Wednesday, April 7th.

9. From April 7th to April 9th, post your gif and story on your blog. (If you have one.)

10. Then, add the link to your blog to the form on the Entries page of Ciara's blog*

11. Deadline for posting your story or the link to your story is Thursday April 9th, 2020 at 11:59pm CST.

12. Only one entry per contestant is permitted.

***If you do not have a blog, post your entire story in the section provided on the form.***

Check out our example stories!

Kaitlyn's Example: SPLASH!

Guest Judge, Cindy Lurie's Example: Sunshine for Emily

Kaitlyn's Second Example: PETALS

Ciara's Example: Slim Pickings: Dear Diet Diary

The NON-EXAMPLE (what not to do, dun, dun, duuuuunnn)

There you have it! Don’t let this chance pass you over. Hop to your computer and spring into writing!

Questions? Comments? You can use the FAQs tab to contact us or message us on the Spring Fling Writing Contest Facebook Page, or Ciara's Facebook, Kaitlyn's Facebook, Ciara's Twitter, or Kaitlyn's Twitter (we love new friends/followers!)

And don't forget to stop by the Entries page and read the stories posted. Follow, like, comment, and share the blogs of your fellow writers!

We also have a facebook page, where you can discuss stories, check in, and just have fun!

Prizes (2020)

New prizes for 2020 will be announced over the next few weeks! Winners get to select one of the prizes!

For more in-depth interviews of the prize donors, follow Kaitlyn's blog for the Prize Donor Feature Series

Vivian is donating a picture book manuscript critique of up to 1000 words–fiction or nonfiction, rhyming or prose.

Writer for children—reader forever…that’s Vivian Kirkfield in five words. Her bucket list contains many more than five words – but she’s already checked off skydiving, parasailing, banana-boat riding, and visiting critique buddies all around the world. When she isn’t looking for ways to fall from the sky or sink under the water, she can be found writing picture books in the quaint village of Amherst, NH where the old stone library is her favorite hangout and her young grandson is her favorite board game partner. A retired kindergarten teacher with a masters in Early Childhood Education, Vivian inspires budding writers during classroom visits and shares insights with aspiring authors at conferences and on her blog, Picture Books Help Kids Soar where she hosts the #50PreciousWords International Writing Contest and the #50PreciousWordsforKids Challenge. She is the author of numerous picture books. You can connect with her on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Linkedin, or just about any place people with picture books are found.

Website: https://viviankirkfield.com/about/

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/viviankirkfield

Twitter: @viviankirkfield https://twitter.com/viviankirkfield?s=09

Instagram: @viviankirkfield

Charlotte is donating a winner’s choice prize of a picture book manuscript or dummy critique or first 5 pages of young adult critique, or a query critique.

Although her parents didn’t intentionally name me after Charlotte A. Cavatica, as a child, she imagined that her white semicircle headboard transformed into a spider’s web at night. From a young age, she was aware of the impact of words and a well-crafted story. Now she’s delighted to work with clients to weave book webs that leave their mark on readers.

She honed my love of stories by getting a BA in English and theatre from Eastern Mennonite University. After graduating, she worked as a project manager and editor for Scribe, a Philadelphia-based publishing services company, for three years. To follow her passion for books and children, she moved to Boston to earn a master’s in Children’s Literature from Simmons College (now University). She interned at Charlesbridge (editorial) and Candlewick (sales), and after grad school, she interned with literary agent Rubin Pfeffer for a year. Prior to joining Prospect Agency, she was an associate editor for just over two years with Page Street Kids, where she acquired and edited more than twenty picture books and grew relationships with authors, illustrators, agents, and other editors.

As an agent, she enjoys the editorial work and the relationship building; so she loves attending conferences and leading workshops. She’s mentored Simmons MFA students and also serve on the national advisory board of the Mazza Museum, the world’s largest collection of original children’s book art, in Findlay, Ohio.

She’s interested in working with authors and illustrators of children’s books—board books through YA, but especially picture books—as well as adult nonfiction, particularly biographies and memoirs.

Agency Website: http://www.prospectagency.com/about.html

MSWL: https://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/charlotte-wenger/

Yevgenia is donating a picture book dummy critique.

Yevgenia Nayberg is an illustrator, painter, and set and costume designer. Her illustrations have appeared in magazines and picture books, and on theatre posters, music albums, and book covers; her paintings, drawings, and illustrations are held in private collections worldwide. As a set and costume designer, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Fellowship for Theatre Designers, the Independent Theatre Award and the Arlin Meyer Award. In 2018 she received a Sydney Taylor Silver Medal for her illustrations for Drop by Drop by Jaqueline Jules. Her debut author/illustrator picture book, Anya’s Secret Society, came out in 2019 and received a Junior Library Guild Selection Award. Her new books Typewriter and Mona Lisa in New York will be published in 2020 as well as Numbers in Motion that Yevgenia illustrated. She lives in New York City.

Make sure to check out these amazing authors, editors, and agents by going to their websites, buying their books, reviewing their books, following them on social media, or even dropping them a line in a contact form telling them how inspirational and awesome they are because they totally are!

Alayne is offering a package of her webinars to learn directly from her! https://alaynekaychristianauthor.com/webinars

Alayne Kay Christian is the acquisitions editor for Blue Whale Press and an award-winning children’s book author. She is the creator and teacher of a picture book writing course Art of Arc. In addition, she shares her knowledge with writers through free and affordable webinars at Writing for Children Webinars. She has been a picture book and chapter book critique professional since 2014, and she worked as a 12 X 12 critique ninja for three years. Alayne has spent the last thirteen years studying under some of the top names in children’s literature. Alayne’s focus at Blue Whale Press is content editing, creative direction, and working with authors and illustrators to coordinate the path to quality books.