#FallWritingFrenzy 2021 Rules

Attention kidlit community-

After last year’s successful second edition, our Fall Writing Frenzy contest is back! Yahoo! This contest was created by agent / author Kaitlyn Sanchez, and I have the honor of co-hosting by her side again. This year, we’re offering a slew of awesome prizes from some very talented and experienced donors. The list will be up shortly. Plus, we have some exciting news- we have a new guest judge (and donor)! Please welcome Ameerah Holliday, junior agent from Serendipity Literary Agency.

And can we say- we are very, very excited!


Why Fall Writing Frenzy? It’s simple: to create connections! The goal is to help all you writers grow, by inspiring you and challenging you to write something different. Then, we’ll select the winners and connect them with established literary professionals. If you’re selected, one of these generous donors will critique a work of your choice. All kidlit levels are welcome: BB, PB, CB, MG, YA, GN. It’s a wonderful opportunity to sharpen your writing skills, make new friends, and connect with others who share the same passions. Our contest will also hopefully get everyone’s creative and spooktacular juices flowing for Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie contest at the end of October.

So, how does this all work?


First off, to receive all updates, please subscribe to Lydia’s blog in the upper right corner of this page as well as Kaitlyn’s blog: https://kaitlynleannsanchez.com/blog/

And here’s how everything will go down:

1. All non-agented writers may pick one of the images below and write about it. It can be a poem, a story, a mood piece, or whatever comes to mind. Happy, scary, beautiful, grotesque, whatever suits your fancy for any kidlit age, board book through young adult.

Maximum length: 200 words (not including the title).

2. You can write about the picture in a literal or metaphorical way, or focus on a memory or emotion it elicits. Just let the photo inspire you and have fun!

3. Entries for the contest can be submitted between October 1 and October 3, 2021 11:59 PM EST. Come back to this website and there will be a special blog post specifically for entries. You will enter your information to the form on the blog post, and you can include the link to your entry. If you don’t have a blog, no worries, you can post in the comments of the blog post. This is meant to create connections with others in the writing community so you visit (and maybe even subscribe to each other’s blogs).

One entry per person please.

5. Share, share, share! Please spread the word about the contest with your writing groups, on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook etc. When you do, we’d love it if you tag us so we can interact too! Kaitlyn is @kaitlynleann17 and Lydia is @LydiaLukidis. And once the event starts, comment on other entries with supportive, encouraging messages. Don’t forget to use out official hashtag: #FallWritingFrenzy.

6. The winners will be selected by Kaitlyn, Ameerah Holliday, myself, OR their prize donor. We’ll choose whatever speaks to us the most, could be sentimental, sweet, powerful, funny, lyrical, scary, inspiring, or something we haven’t thought of. We’re excited to be surprised!

7. We are aiming to announce the winners by October 31st but depending on how many wonderful entries there are, it may take longer, please be patient with us so we can give each entry the attention it deserves.

Have any questions?

Click HERE to view some FAQs

Click HERE to view some writing samples

Click HERE to see the winners from 2020

Also, we have a new badge for all you wonderful contestants!

Fall Frenzy

Click HERE for the contestant badge. Simply right click and save them on your desktop. Feel free to post them on your bogs, websites and/or social media!

And please support all the donors by buying their books or their clients’ books. Most of all, GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN!!

So, are you guys ready for the 2021 Fall Writing Frenzy images?? Here they are:

Halloween- Samantha Hurley- Burst

Halloween- Credit: Samantha Hurley / Burst

Fall- Vino Li- Unsplash

Fall- Credit: Vino Li / Unsplash

Día de los Muertos- Melinda Young Stuart- Bing

Día de los Muertos- Credit: Melinda Young Stuart / Bing

Halloween- Matthew Henry- Burst1

Halloween- Credit: Matthew Henry / Burst

Fall- Credit: Carol Hinz

Durga Puja- Credit: Partho Roy / Unsplash

Halloween- Credit: Danielle Rae

Mooncake Festival- Credit: Alex Ho / Creative Commons

Halloween- Credit: Neon Brand / Unsplash

Fall- Credit: Julia Solonina / Unsplash

Halloween- Credit: Bing

Rosh Hashanah- Credit: Bing

Halloween- Credit: Ehud Neuhaus / Unsplash