From the mailbag today:
Dear Ms. Reid,
Thank you for taking the time to offer the 100 word story contests on your blog. Not only have I learned a great deal by writing the stories, the contests inspired me to conduct one of my own. Okay, I blatantly stole your idea and used a variation of it at my son's school.
To build enthusiasm for the book fair at my oldest son's school, we ran a 200 word story contest. And yes, students were required to include six specific words in their story (heroes, wolf, wimpy, fever, fowl, thirty-nine). We received a hundred entries! I certainly enjoyed reading the stories, but the best part was giving feedback and prizes to the winners. Due to the success of the contest, we plan to offer more in the future.
I'm sure you know this, but - your efforts are appreciated and far-reaching. Thank you.
I think this is a terrific idea for promoting book fairs! I hope everyone steals it immediately.
Also, I'm glad you liked the contests. I think it's time for another one don't you?