My Entry in the March Madness Writing Contest!

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! 😀


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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!!!

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101 replies

  1. 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 🙂 )

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

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

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

  5. That is SOOOO creative, Erk! I love it.

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

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

  8. 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. Very,very clever! Great job!

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

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

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

    Love and licks,

  14. Great story, Eric! I love it!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  26. 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*

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

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

  29. 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. 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. 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

  32. 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. 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!

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

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

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

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

  38. 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.

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

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

  41. 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. 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. 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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