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50 Precious Words Writing Contest

This month, picture book author Vivian Kirkfield is running a contest called “50 Precious Words Writing Contest.” Vivian Green Eggs & Hamwrites: “Wednesday [March 2] was the birthday of the incredible Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. One of his books actually came about because of a bet he made with Bennett Cerf, one of the publishing giants of Random House. Cerf challenged Seuss to write a children’s book using only 50 words. And the classic Green Eggs and Ham was born. It’s true that the story has over 700 words…but only 50 unique words.

“If you are currently writing picure books…or just reading them, you’ll notice that the average word length is getting shorter and shorter. So I thought, wouldn’t that be a great challenge…to write a story for kids with only 50 words. With a beginning, a middle, and an end. I wondered if I could do it. And I decided to open the challenge to everyone.” Find the guidelines and enter here. Prizes too!

Here’s my entry, dear Vivian!

Gray Day
By Chana Stiefel

Somber sky
Scratchy bark
Dark path
Dreary park

Lonesome squirrel
Metal swing
Dull gray

Is that a ray?
Could the sun
Be here to play?

It pierces clouds
It hits the slide
It wakes the geese
That flutter and glide.

Water droplets fill the air
Rainbow sprinkles

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