First off, I'd like to thank the fabulous hosts, fellow librarian and kidlit Author Ciara O'Neal and Literary Agent Kaitlyn Sanchez for yet another amazing Kidlit opportunity to not only showcase our work but to just have fun with our community! This has been such a terrific way to make friends, build relationships, and overall branch out with other writers. I speak for myself and my critique group partners when I say, we are all so grateful for events like these that help make this line of work even more enjoyable. For most of us, writing can be very solitary work so fun events like these really add a breath of fresh air and get our creative juices flowing. If you're not familiar with what the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest is, no worries! I'll be sure to include all the rules and details below. So, what IS Spring Fling Kidlit? Your challenge, should you accept it, is simple. Find a gif and write a spring-inspired story. That's it! Here are the official rules from Ciara's website: 1. Your story should be geared towards kids ages 12 or under. 2. Choose a gif to inspire your story. be sure to share where you found your wonderful gif. (The website or if you created it yourself!) 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. (Your title is not included in the word count.) 5. No illustration notes pretty please. 6. Your gif should be the only visual with your story. 7. The Spring Fling contest officially begins on Saturday April 1st and closes April 3rd, post your gif and story on your blog. 8. On April 1st, we will post a google form on this blog. (You can use the quicklink above titled "official rules" to get to the blog post.) Fill out the form, paste your blog website and story, and you my friend, will be entered! 9. Deadline for posting your story or the link to your story is April 3rd at 11:59pm CST. 10. Only one entry per contestant is permitted. ****If you don't have a blog, no worries, you can put your whole story on the google form. The form will open on April 1st. If you want others to read it too, feel free to post your story in the comments with the link to your gif.*** And that's it! Now... the moment we've been waiting for; my entry for this year's 2023 Spring Kidlit Contest. This year I wanted to write a story that incorporated not only spring but sharing it with a beloved friend and who better to splash in puddles with than your dog?! So, without further ado, I give you my entry: WAKE UP, WORLD! IT'S SPRING! Title: Wake up, World! It's Spring! Written by: Chelsea DiCicco Word Count: 121 Dewdrops dance on dainty petals. Tweets and twitters fill the air. This can only mean one thing… “WAKE UP, WORLD! IT’S SPRING!” Padding paws and racing feet. Hurry, scurry; we can’t wait! Nature’s calling- here we come! “WAKE UP, WORLD! IT’S SPRING!” Butterflies outstretch their wings. Bees are buzzing off to work. Mower’s roar, and flowers bloom. "WAKE UP, WORLD! IT'S SPRING!" Showers sprinkle in the sun. Puddles are for everyone! Happy slappy splashy feet. "WAKE UP, WORLD! IT'S SPRING!" Wagging tails and cheerful eyes. Dirty paws and sun-kissed skin. Shaking, quaking, laughs and barks. "WAKE UP, WORLD! IT'S SPRING!" Hoots and chatters fill the night. Evening stars pierce the sky. Look! There goes a firefly. "Rest up, world. It's Spring." This GIF was created by Chelsea DiCicco (me) on Canva for the purpose of being used for my 2023 entry for the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest.
Hey guys, So, we've just started March, and so far, 2023 has been a busy year; full of activities in the writing community, like the amazing #PBPARTY *which I participated in* and the Twitter #PBPITCH event for picture book writers seeking representation, *which I also participated in.* Since the #PBPARTY entries take a few weeks to get results, I've been trying my best to stay busy. Because waiting is hard! Ways I've stayed busy include: gardening, playing with my pets, doing research on writing projects, reading books, trying to write new stories *and finding my inspiration outdoors* -it's almost SPRING! Curling up in my hammock and getting sunshine. And of course, my library work. Planning new programs and events, working on new activities for my Homeschool Group and Crafternoon and family Nature Walks behind the library. One of the things I've also done to stay busy is to participate in OTHER events, which brings me to my purpose for posting today. This year, I participated in Vivian Kirkfield's Picture Book Contest, 50 precious words. This is my first year - hooray! And my wonderful critique partner is also participating with me. Another hooray! I found out about this awesome event back toward the ending of last year, (2022) while watching a YouTube interview with Literary Agent, Kaitlyn Sanchez, hosted by Maria Dismondy, of Cardinal Rule Press. After the interview, I visited her website where I found a whole list of great resources for writers. You can find it under her "RESOURCE" tab and click "CONTESTS." Or you can just click this link here and it will take you directly to her page. So, without further ado, here is my entry for the 50 Precious Words Contest. I hope you enjoy this little sweet treat. Monday Morning Cupcakes By Chelsea DiCicco IG @chelseasworldofbooks 50 words I smell them from the kitchen. Sweet, SUGARY goodness. A treat for each hand. There they are. A perfect baker’s dozen! Oodles of sprinkles and colors. Frosting for days. Yum! A magical Monday miracle. “CUPCAKES!” Pack them, stack them, steal a taste. Safe in my lunch box. I can’t wait! If you'd like to view the original post on Vivian's Website, you can follow this link here.
You’re looking at a #FallWritingFrenzy participant!
Hey writing pals!
Fall is finally here! Time to break out all the candles and cozy blankets. And you know what else it means? Fall Writing Frenzy is here!
This is my first year participating in the Fall Writing Frenzy, and I'm thrilled to share my entry for 2022: BUDDY BONES BUBBLELESS BATH.
So far, I've had a blast reading other peoples stories and sharing in the fun on Instagram and Twitter. If this is your first time participating, the rules are very simple.
- Choose a picture.
- Write a kidlit story (anywhere from board book to YA, 200 words or less.)
- Post it on your blog and make sure to fill out the entry form.
- Share, share, share!
For further questions, please check out the official FallWritingFrenzy2022Rules.
Remember: the goal is "to create connections and help writers grow!" So, have fun!
Below you will find my entry.
Happy fall writing everyone!xo,Chelsea
My 2022 Fall Writing Frenzy Entry BUDDY BONES BUBBLELESS BATH (199 word count) A picture book by Chelsea DiCicco It was a dry, dusty day on the ranch, and Buddy Bones was getting ready to take a bath. “Nothing like a cool bubble bath on a hot day,” he said cheerfully. But, just as Buddy got into the tub… “Oh no! We’re out of bubbles!” A bubbleless bath? Pass! But the sun was blistering. So, Buddy stayed in the tub. But he wasn’t happy. A little while later, Buddy was still grumbling when a bird flew by. “Morning, neighbor.” “Morning,” Buddy mumbled. “What you up to this morning?” “I’m taking a bath,” said Buddy, hoping the bird would go away. But he didn’t. “I’ve just come from the store. Today is dishwashing day, and I was out of soap.” “Oh,” Buddy said understandingly. “I ran out of bubbles.” He pointed to the clear bathwater. “A bubbleless bath!” chirped the Bird. “Pass!” Buddy agreed. “I know!” said the bird suddenly. “What if we made bubbles?” Before Buddy could respond, the bird was already pouring a glob of blue liquid into the water. “Now, splash around.” Buddy splashed and thrashed… until- “Bubbles!” he cried. “Nothing like a cool bubble bath on a hot day,” Buddy said, sinking into the bathtub.