Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The 4th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Contest at the Storyteller’s Blog is here already. Where did the time go?

Again, this year the Spooktacular Contest is limited to rhyme, as I am an avid rhymer. My published picture book, Rock Star Santa is rhyming and I’m currently working on a poetry collection. Also, my poem “Hail Mary Pass” is included in And the Crowd Goes Wild; A Global Collection of Sports Poems for Kids, now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The contest this year is titled  THE BEWITCHING CASTLE!”

To enter:

1. Write a HALLOWEEN poem of no more than 250 words about “an ENCHANTED CASTLE or a WITCH.”

2. Become a follower of “The Storyteller’s Blog.”

3. Post your entry in the comments section of The Storyteller’s Blog and comment on at least one other entry.

My beta readers and I shall select the winner, who will receive a full critique for a rhyming picture book manuscript from First Peek Critique service, a value of $75.00.

(Does not have to be the one you wrote for the contest.)

Contest runs from October 1st to October 14th. Winners will be announced on October 20th and critique will be delivered by Halloween.

Here is an example:

The BeWITCHing Castle
By Gayle C. Krause

On a bed of nails in a dungeon deep,
a princess lies in enchanted sleep.

In the castle above, a witch takes her place
dressed in colorful silks. Veils cover her face.

She casts a spell on the ballroom guests
and a Prince is enthralled by what she suggests.

Her voice sounds sweet. She offers her hand.
Satin gloves hide her wrinkles and what she has planned.

The two are wed on Halloween night.
If the Prince knew his real wife, he’d die of fright

for deep in the dungeon sleeps his true love
while he’s tricked by the witch and the castle, above.

The witch and princess’s bodies have switched.
And the Prince is a victim of castle, “Bewitched.”

 Good luck, everyone! Have a "bewitching" rhyme! :)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Twelve Books of Christmas

Rock Star Santa is proud to announce he will be working with his colleagues Christmas Tree Santas to coordinate a Christmas Critique Contest for all picture book writers who love Christmas as much as he does.

Details for the contest will be coming soon, but check out these fabulous Christmas books you can win in a raffle to benefit underprivileged children and allow them to have Christmas trees so Santa can place their gifts beneath it.
For a $5.00 raffle ticket you can win ALL of the books featured here and ALL are signed by the author or illustrator.                                                          
You can also find out more information about Christmas Tree Santas on Facebook or at

Energized to Write for the New Year

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