I love entering competitions like this, where there is the challenge of a prompt (sometimes an image – in this case words) and a limited word count. By limiting the endless possibilities (that feeling of a totally blank page) I find that they make it easier to get started and be inspired, and I find the challenge aspect really fun!
Anyway, here’s my entry for the 10th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest, run by Susanna Hill (@SusannaLHill). It had to be no more than 100 words and contain the words skeleton, creep, and mask (or any version of those words, e.g. crept). It also had to read like a story (rather than a mood piece) and be for kids.
A big thank you to Susanna Hill for organising this fun competition! You can read more about it and read all the other fantastic entries here: https://susannahill.com/blog/
The Trick or Treat Cheat (100 words)
Skeleton, skeleton, where are you creeping?
I’m off trick or treating – I’ve done enough sleeping!
I’ve woken up hungry and coveting candy
(and eyeball-shaped sweets come in ever so handy!)
Skeleton, skeleton, why look so gloomy?
I’m worried the children will all see straight through me –
they’ll notice I’m real and they’ll run away screaming,
and soon put an end to my Halloween scheming!
Skeleton, skeleton, try these for size!
A mask and a cloak? That’s the perfect disguise…
…as long as you promise you won’t go and snitch –
so take off your mask…
ARE YOU A REAL WITCH?!