First collection of contest submissions

We proudly present the first collection of contest submissions for the
1st Halloween-poem contest.

Kiss Of The Dark
Late at night each Halloween
I wander the graves, aroused, unseen
Hoping for a skeletal hand
To drag me ‘neath the living land.

Cowering before the court of bones
Hidden under crooked tomb-stones
I sink to my knees to await
My longed-for and desired fate.
A shadow whispers through the dark
My bared neck waits for my lover’s mark.
The warmth of lips against my skin.
The shudder of lust swells deep within.

My addictive Queen is dark and tall.
One look and I could not help but fall
for the vampire’s seductive charms
and the bliss of lying in his arms.

With rising moon our passion grows
The sweet sting as my lifeblood flows
And soft cries of depraved delight
Melt into deep and velvet night.
Abandoned acceptance is ours alone
With each agonized, delicious moan
The vampire growls and slakes his greed
As smoky blood fulfils his need

Submitting to death, for a kiss
I leave the world, knowing this
To roam and wait for Death’s Dark Queen
And his cruel love each Halloween


(by Wenona Napolitano)

Darkness gripped me like a ferocious lion,

ripping and shredding apart helpless prey

Reaching out I begged you to stay

But you left and my soul started crying

My fears slowly started to take over

Nightmares set in, taking over sweet dreams

My heart stops when I wake and drown in screams

Lonely without a comforting lover

Once I drank in the dreams and dreamed the wine

that flowed over satiny cherubs wings

I could hear my guardian angels sing

Sweet voices soared to eternity’s time

Now I can no longer feel my own soul

I just hear the wind blowing in my mind

My sweet seraphim are no longer kind

Angry devils tear at me leaving a hole

With trembling hands I drink the poisoned wine

That will forever stop bad dreams in time


Memory of a Victim

(by Wenona Napolitano)

She was once a doll of sweet porcelain,

A blooming soul to penetrate

A memory that would drive him insane

Now she was nothing more than an evil stain,

on a collar that threatened to suffocate.

She was once a doll of sweet porcelain,

that he had fantasized to obtain.

Her innocence he chose to adulterate,

A memory that would drive him insane

Remembering the vision of a pulsating vein,

a marble white neck so delicate

She was once a doll of sweet porcelain,

but she joined the list of those he had slain

It was a memory that could stimulate,

A memory that would drive him insane

Every last drop of her blood he did drain

Her soul was gone, no longer to illuminate

She was once a doll of sweet porcelain,

A memory that would drive him insane


Trick or Treat Sonnet
The box on the step draws them like flies
Little hands, skeletally white, reaching down.
‘It’s rubbishy chocolate,’ says John with a frown.
‘Never mind,’ says his mum, wiping mist dampened eyes
On her sleeve. ‘Mrs Goldstein will have a real treat.
You see. Either candies or fudge, all neatly wrapped.
Though take care or you’re sure to be trapped
In her sticky old web. She’s best in the street
For her tricks.’ The family holds hands as they hurry
Along, filling their pockets with teeth rotting gifts.
The mood won’t stay happy; there’s always a shift
As the cockroaches cackle and dirty rats scurry.
For what do you expect: this is Halloween.
It starts with a smile, and ends with a scream.

Halloween Night

(by Roxanne Rhoads)

A night when witches ride their brooms

And shadows dance across the moon

The dead will speak and devils scream

Halloween, when the spirits can be seen

‘Tis a time that many fear

It comes but once a year

Enjoy this enchanted night

Just don’t let the vampires bite

Ghosts and ghouls will walk the land

Zombies will reach out their hands

They all want to live once more

So they come knocking on your door

Pumpkins glow with eerie light

Be careful or you’ll get a fright

Avoid the tricks and give a treat

Appease them with something sweet

Don’t let the witches cast a spell

Or the party could become hell

Too much witches brew

Could very well, be the end of you

Black cats howl and owls hoot

Fill your bags with lots of loot

Laugh and dance without a care

Soon you’ll wake from this nightmare


Authors, Poets and Bloggers

Please join in the fun and continue submitting further entries. Have your Halloween poem posted, along with your photo, and if you like, link to your own blog or website.

We will be delighted to receive your submission, just email your entry to me and I’ll post them periodically:

October/November Writing Contests

If you feel like participating in a writing contest October or November this year, you might find one here on Rachel’s blog. Thank you Rachel for your hard work to show us these!

Rachel Poli

October November Contests

Here is a reminder for the October 2015 contests. Below are contests for November 2015.

October 2015:

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: October 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

Type: The Joy of Less
Hosted by: Chicken Soup
Deadline: October 30, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: Alzheimer’s and Dementias Family Caregiving
Hosted by: Chicken Soup
Deadline: October 30, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: Very Short Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: October 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

November 2015:

Type: Short Short Story
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: November 16, 2015 (early-bird)
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Angels and Miracles
Hosted by: Chicken Soup
Deadline: November 30, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: Military Families
Hosted by: Chicken Soup
Deadline: November 30, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: The Spirit of America
Hosted by: Chicken Soup
Deadline: November 30, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: Short Story (New Writers only)
Hosted by: Glimmer Train

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Author Spotlight – Allison D. Reid

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Stories of fantasy ranging from dark, to light and inspiring, bring life to this anthology. The creatures featured throughout, both good and evil, display the devastating or wonderful personalities they were given by the authors who created them for your enjoyment.


Alexis Lantgen brings a twist to the story of a fairy changeling, showing a dark evil intent behind this mythological practice.


Andrea R. Cooper turns a dark fantasy tale into a lyrical piece that tests your understanding of your own mind.


George L. Duncan features a creature many never saw coming as the source of justice in a corrupt world.


Dark fantasy takes a humorous twist with Oz Durose, who introduces us to a new type of zombie that makes you regret deleting the files off your very own computer…readers beware!


Mythological hounds are a foreshadowing of doom for one man seeking refuge from their deadly chase. Allison D. Reid brings a tale of adventure as seen through the eyes of the hounds and their mysterious master, born from the darkness of hell.


Demons lurking throughout this tale bring a monster into the world. A demi-god finds out her fate as KJ Hawkins spins a tale of triumph and fear.


Matthew Frassetti presses the will of a man trying to save his lover from the hands of a demon. The bonds of friendship between man and beast are tested as this tale of adventure takes a twist.


Brendan Carroll brings a brilliantly fun, entertaining story to life, showing how in the midst of everyday beauty, time simply passes when you least expect it.


Khushi Agarwal tests the power of Christmas cheer with elves on strike. Will Christmas come on time, or will it be ruined for all?


The holidays are here as D.B. Mauldin brings a hard working elf into the spotlight for a special Christmas festival.


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Allison D. Reid’s passion for medieval history and fantasy was sparked by writers like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. She also spent years living in Europe, captivated by its ancient towns, cathedrals, and castles. She received her B.A. in writing from Hampshire College.


Current Published Works:

Journey to Aviad Published Nov. 11, 2011

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Please introduce yourself.


  1. When did you start writing?

I started writing at a very young age. As early as Kindergarten I was folding together little picture books for my grandmother with simple illustrated verse. I got more serious about writing later in grade school, thanks to some inspiring teachers who encouraged me to push my creative boundaries with weekly prompts. In High School I wrote mostly poetry. In college I tried my first novel and loved doing it so much that I completely changed my major. Now I write primarily novels and short stories.


  1. What motivates you to write?

Writing comes naturally—it is just what I do and who I am. I am intrigued by history and mythology, which tend to influence my fiction.


  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

For the time being I am writing only medieval-era fantasy, which I fell in love with at a very young age. The Narnia Chronicles captivated my heart and imagination, and I went on from there to discover other wonderful fantasy books. Fantasy has retained its magic for me, allowing endless creative possibilities. I respect the ingenuity and discipline it takes to bring whole worlds into existence. However, I also love history, and someday I would like to try writing historical fiction as well.


  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

What I want most is to write a timeless, high quality series of books that reaches readers in an entertaining yet meaningful way. I don’t have any delusions of fame or even of making a living off of my writing. My honest dream is to have an impact, even if only on a small circle of fans, and for my series to be one they are drawn to read over again. If I do my job right, they will notice new things the second and third time around, and the story will continue to grow with the reader.


  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Yes, though usually when I’m stuck it isn’t that I don’t know what to say—I always outline the whole book before I even start the first chapter. But there are times when I’m just not emotionally, mentally, or even spiritually ready to write the section I’m supposed to be working on. I’ve learned to just wait it out and keep things going in the back of my mind. When I’m finally ready, the words will start flowing again, and I’m never disappointed. Some people say that you should just force yourself forward, and write even if you are uninspired. That doesn’t work for me at all. Patience and thoughtfulness usually serve me better, and result in a higher quality of writing even if it takes longer. While I’m waiting for my “writer’s block” to resolve itself, I work on other things, like research, editing, character sketches, and outlines.



  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Write from your heart, love what you write, and do everything you can to keep improving on your skills. As long as you are able to do those three things, you won’t be deterred by those who don’t like your work, nor will you be afraid to take the constructive criticism needed to make you a better writer.


  1. Please, tell us about your work.


When young Elowyn finds a mysterious looking coin in her favorite woodland stream, the simple life she knows is forever changed. The discovery sets a series of events in motion that take Elowyn and her older sister, Morganne, on a remarkable physical and spiritual journey. Dark clouds and unnatural storms begin to threaten their home city of Tyroc with growing frequency and ferocity. Creatures that were once believed to be nothing more than historic legend suddenly emerge from the depths of the wilderness. Even the once trusted leadership of Tyroc seems to have been swayed by the encroaching forces of darkness. As Elowyn and Morganne struggle to make their way through a world thrown into turmoil, their untested faith is suddenly challenged. They begin to realize that it is not always easy to discern between truth and falsehood, nor is the path laid out for them by Aviad, the Creator, free from perils. Despite their fears, they choose to follow Aviad, who takes them not only on a journey away from Tyroc, but away from their old selves, as they grow in strength and maturity of faith.


Morganne and Elowyn’s journey continues in the second book of the series, which will be published later this year.


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