My Entry in the March Madness Writing Contest!

21 Mar

Before I get to today’s post, if you get a chance, please click over to the Creative Kid Thursday post I did yesterday to read Daniel’s short story. Click HERE to go THERE!

WOOT WOOT! It’s time for a contest! Susanna Leonard Hill’s March Madness contest to be exact! Today I am posting my entry in the contest.


Here are the rules:

Write a children’s story, in poetry or prose, maximum 400 words, that is a fractured fairy tale.  Feel free to add a theme of spring, or mix in one of the spring holidays if you like.” Check out the complete rules at Ms. Hill’s blog HERE.

My story comes in right at 400 words (not including the title). I mixed up a bunch of fairy tales and wrote a story I thought older kids would like. I hope you like it! 😀


Photo credit KellyB Creative Commons License

The Once Upon A Times

News for you                                                                                     March 2014


Goldilocks on the Lam!

By P. Charming

After breaking into the Bear’s cottage, Goldilocks was last seen running West through the Gingerbread Forest. “[Goldilocks] ate our food and broke our furniture!” Baby Bear sobbed. Continued on A13.


Illness Confounds Doctors

By Red R. Hood

Snow White was rushed to Grimm-View Hospital after fainting at her place of employment.  “Her case is baffling,” said Dr. S. Beauty. White’s employers claim she is suffering from food poisoning but Detective B.B. Wolf suspects foul play. “Snow has been cleaning up after seven dwarfs for weeks! They drove her to exhaustion,” Wolf said. Bashful Dwarf refused our interview request.


Bippity Boppity Boo – We’ll Clean Up for You!

You don’t have to wish upon a star to get rid of all that dust!  Spring-cleaning special! Email!


Witch vs. Hansel and Gretel

By L. Mermaid

The Witch has filed a lawsuit against Hansel and Gretel. Witch’s lawyer, H. Penny, stated “My client’s home was eaten! Those kids did thousands of dollars in damage.” Gretel spoke with our reporter. “That witch  tried to shove me in an oven!” Continued on A19.


Missing Sheep

A local woman is devastated because she lost her beloved pet sheep. “Wooliam is so sweet,” Ms. Peep said. “I can’t imagine where he wandered off to. I hope he comes home soon because I can’t sleep without [my] sheep.” Please email with any information.


Pied Piper Entertainers

Specializing in music, merriment and pest control. We do children’s birthday parties! Dates fill fast. Call 1-800-4NO-RATS today!


Gingerbread Man Wins Marathon

A new record was set in the spring marathon, but not everyone is happy. “He kept taunting us,” one competitor complained. “Run, run as fast as you can! Can’t catch me… “ Complete coverage on page B2.


Dorothy Gale says get ready for some wild weather this spring! Gale forecasts downpours with some mild flooding. Power outages may occur. Tornado watches have been issued for the tri-wooded area until late spring. Stay inside if bad weather hits. Remember, there’s no place like home!


By C. Little

Last year’s popular housing style, giant shoes, was a stinky investment. According to architects at 3LPigs, the best choice in housing this spring is a two-story brick chalet. Brick offers a stylish protection from even the worst neighbors. Continued on B5.

Don’t forget to check out all the great entries in the contest HERE.

Have a great day!!!

101 Responses to “My Entry in the March Madness Writing Contest!”

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill March 21, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    OMG, Erik! This is unbelievably creative and FUNNY! 🙂 What a fantastic job you did. Well done! Thanks for entertaining us so well 🙂 (P.S. Funny story – my husband Eric put in an entry for fun in the comments on my blog and several people thought it was you 🙂 It’s called A Sleeping Beauty 🙂 )


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

      Thank you! I had fun writing it. 🙂 And, that IS a funny story! 😀
      (P.S. Another funny story – in a book that I’ll review sometime, there is Erik Hill Middle School! 🙂 Is that in honor of your husband, me, or both of us? 😉 )


  2. Joanna March 21, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    This is utterly brilliant. WTG thinking outside the box. VERY FUNNY!


  3. Kirsten W. Larson March 21, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Brilliant concept. I love how you use the newspaper format. it’s so funny!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

      I was going to make it look like a newspaper and have it be an image, but I wasn’t sure if that was OK, rule-wise. Thank you Ms. Larson! 🙂


  4. Catherine Johnson March 21, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    Wow so original Erik! What a fab way of doing it. Well done!


  5. tinamcho March 21, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    That is SOOOO creative, Erk! I love it.


  6. Michelle Lynn Senters March 21, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    AMAZING, Erik! You are one talented kid. NEVER put down your pen or take your fingers off the keyboard.


  7. Alan Tucker March 21, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Just echoing the sentiments above, love the newspaper angle. Well done!


  8. Patricia Tilton March 21, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    What an original entry. I loved it. Very entertaining and older kids would enjoy — would make a great activity too encourage creativity. BUt, I love your entry.


  9. Dawn Young March 21, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    Very,very clever! Great job!


  10. Juliana Lee March 21, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Erik, you have outdone even yourself! This is a wonderful story! I know someday, I’ll be browsing the bookshelves and see your books!


  11. thislittlebirdie March 21, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    This is fantastic! You threw so many funny ‘littles’ in there…right down to Wooliam! Great Job!


  12. LovableLobo March 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    You’ve huffed and you’ve puffed and you’ve BLOWN me away with this SuperKid Erik! Bravo!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Thank you! That really made my day! 🙂
      PS Did you notice I made the Wolf a good guy in my story? 😉


  13. Genevieve Petrillo March 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    Gah! This is the funniest newspaper I ever read! That gingerbread marathon runner killed me.

    Love and licks,


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

      And that, my dear Cupcake, is why you shouldn’t chase everything that runs. 😉


  14. kirsticall March 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Great story, Eric! I love it!!!


  15. Penny Parker Klostermann March 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    OK! You’ve just amazed me one.more.time!!! Totally entertained! Loved! Loved! Loved! You are soooooooooooooooooo talented, Erik!!! So talented!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

      Thank you soooooooooooooooooo much Ms. Klostermann – you amaze me ALL the time with your poetry! 🙂


  16. julie rowan zoch March 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Wow! Just…WOW! This WILL be a dream to illustrate!


  17. Joanne Fritz March 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Erik, you are so clever and imaginative. Love all of this, but especially the little details like the 800 number for the Pied Piper and the fact that Bashful Dwarf refused an interview. This is terrific!


  18. Michelle Isenhoff March 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    This is great! I like the gingerbread man marathon winner the best. 🙂


  19. maliaann March 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    Seriously awesome and clever entry, Mr. Erik the Magnificent! Love it! 🙂


  20. Steve Moran March 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Great job Erik. When you cut it into short sections like that, it’s like having lots of little nuggets of amusement. Very clever.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

      Thank you Mr. Moran! 🙂


      • writersideup March 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

        Erik, I just love seeing all the support you receive with this. I think it’s WONDERful! You deserve it, for sure 😀


      • thiskidreviewsbooks March 23, 2014 at 8:27 am #

        Thank you Miss Donna! 🙂 I am glad you think I deserve this. I’m honored. 🙂


  21. Cecilia March 21, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    Fantastic. I love it when someone puts loads of fairy tale elements together successfully and you certainly have in this little newspaper. I am grinning from ear to ear.


  22. Cecilia March 21, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    fantastic, i read this to my teen and she laughed and said ‘that’s great’ and I concur


  23. writersideup March 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Totally impressed, Erik! Very creative and great plays on words! Yay! 😀


  24. Wendy March 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Putting in my call to bippityboppityboo cleaning service now. Very clever, Erik!


  25. Stacy S. Jensen March 21, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Love the advertisements the best. Well, it all made me chuckle. Good luck Erik!


  26. Robyn Campbell March 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    DANG! You’re so cool. Love it! SO FUNNY!!! When I grow up I wanna be a writer like YOU! You’re a Genius. (But of course, you still must attend school.) Sad but true. 😉 *waving while eating donuts*


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 23, 2014 at 7:33 am #

      Well, first step – don’t grow up. 😉 And, second, don’t taunt your under-aged teacher with donuts. And third, if you are eating donuts, share with the under-aged teacher. 😉


  27. jama March 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    Absolutely brilliant! Must be all that tea you’re drinking :D. Hope you win the contest!!


  28. Anonymous March 22, 2014 at 2:54 am #

    You are so right about ” older kid would love your story ” like me ;yer Mum Mum.. you crack me up.


  29. Joanne Roberts March 22, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Okay. You’ve topped yourself. ‘Can’t think of a thing to improve it. “We do children’s birthday parties” . . .This is truly brilliant. Thanks for posting it.


  30. stanleyandkatrina March 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    What a riot! Absolutely perfect. I can’t imagine how you could improve this. Well written, funny and creative. “Specializing in music, merriment and pest control. ” Excellent.


  31. Lauri Meyers March 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    This is so ridiculously awesome!!! Have you read how Stephen king published a magazine for his friends when he was your age? You could totally publish the fairy tales press every week!:D


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 23, 2014 at 8:23 am #

      Thank you Ms. Meyers! My cousin and I are trying to make a mock gossip magazine with LEGOS. 🙂


  32. viviankirkfield March 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    I’ve said it before…and I’ll say it again and again and again. You are the most creative kid I have ever known!!!!!!
    What a super entry, Erik! I loved each of your news flashes and ads…funny, well-written, spot on…congratulations.:)


  33. readingwithrhythm March 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    HAHA! You are Mr Clever indeed!! This sounds much like the Glen Rose Newspaper. But I wanted to finish the stories! I think I may have seen Ms Peeps sheep!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 23, 2014 at 8:24 am #

      Thank you! If Glen Rose’s Newspaper is like this, I’ve got to check it out! 😉


  34. nrhatch March 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Well done, Erik . . . looks like you had lots of fun with this.


  35. jackiewellington21 March 23, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    This was so funny. I love the fact that you approached it from a different angle. It was awesome. Thanks for sharing 😀


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

      Thanks! I had fun writing it! 🙂


      • jackiewellington21 March 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

        Good for you. I look forward to seeing more of your work. Good luck 😀


      • thiskidreviewsbooks March 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

        Thank you! 🙂


  36. Elliah Terry March 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    I adore this! Super clever and well written. Thanks for the laughs!


  37. AlenaT March 23, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    This was great. I loved that the pied piper does birthday parties.


  38. Romelle Broas March 23, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    You entry is fantastic! Clever! Unique! Brilliant! Bravo, Erik! Fun for kids and adults. I am partial to the sports section so I found the Gingerbread man hilarious. Loved it. As Lauri says, you could publish this. Together with you mock gossip magazine with Legos and more can be a collection of sorts.Well done.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

      I loved your little article page on one of your posts where you said you imagined being world-famous when you published your book! 🙂 (“ROMELLE…” 😉 )


  39. heylookawriterfellow March 24, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    Ah, you’re a future newspaperman! Well done!


  40. Dave Eveleigh March 24, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    Hahaha! This made my day. Great work, Erik.


  41. heatherpreusser March 25, 2014 at 12:52 am #

    I had so much fun reading this. I love your attention to detail, especially the use of brackets to show that you the writer altered what your characters had to say. So clever!


  42. Darshana March 25, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Loved this!! So creative and so much fun to read. You should do a weekly clipping or a month edition like this. You might have a future as a comedian. 🙂


  43. laura516 March 26, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    I just know I’ll read one of your published books one day. Every contest entry I read is so impressive. You are one creative talent! As for this story, I loved the newspaper format and all the fairy/nursery tale puns and tie-ins. The Pied Piper doing birthday parties? BoPeep@HotTale. com? SO funny 🙂


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