Posted on Leave a comment

Ana Mendes’ 2nd Place Halloween Letter

Creepy greetings, Jessie!

My name is Gith, Ghost In Training for Halloween, and I’ve got some bad news for you. I’ve been watching over 123 Main Street, Fairfield, so I could haunt your family, but I don’t know if I can do it.

The Wicked Witch says that I’m too soft because I celebrated you earning a spot on the Honor Roll with Underworld cocktails, and Dracula says that I’m worthless because I couldn’t even spook Fido and Fluffy. Maybe they’re right, but how can scare such a good 8-year old boy? You even know how to wash the dishes right!

Have you thought about your costume this year? I hope you have fun trick-or-treating with Jimmy and Janie. If you need ideas for pranks, Poltergeist Paul taught me some good ones.

Do you know that I go to school too? Our Ghost School is nothing like Parkhurst Elementary. For starters, it doesn’t have live people. We get to practice screams and I’ve gotten good at it, but I still haven’t perfected my going through walls technique. It’s fun, but I wish I could have such good friends like Tommy, Susie, and Johnny, and that we could all play video games together. Wouldn’t it be fun? They’ve just released Extremely Dead over here and I think you’d love it!

Well, Halloween is almost here, and I’ve still got a lot to practice. Could you pretend that you’re scared when you feel me? I’ll be running a cold shiver down your spine so you know it’s me. It would be a great help. I don’t want to get fired on my first Halloween!

Your friend,
Gith

Posted on Leave a comment

Andrea Felcone’s 1st Place Letter from Jack Frost

Dear Jessie,

Hello … burr…. It’s Jack Frost! I love this time of year, when the air gets crisp and Fall begins! I especially love Autumnal Equinox Day! What’s that? Well, the Autumnal Equinox is a day in September when there are even amounts of night and day. (“Equinox” comes from two Latin words that mean “equal” and “night”.) The Autumnal Equinox signals the start of Fall—and the start of my handiwork … frost on your windows, across ponds, and the leaves turning beautiful colors!

Want to know how I change the color of the leaves? It’s a secret, but I’ll tell you and you can tell your siblings—Jimmy and Janie: I use a magical paintbrush given to me by Mother Nature! I’m proud of my work and I will continue to work hard. (Just like you’ve done earning a spot on the Honor Roll! And regularly washing the dishes! Congrats!)

Here’s an insider tip, it’s going to get “nippy” outside, so don’t forget a jacket when you go to Parkhurst Elementary. Then you can play at recess with the other 8-year-olds. What else? I’m also proud of the fern-like patterns I create on windows. (I’m truly an artist, although people focus on my mischievous side!)

Do your friends, Tommy, Susie and Johnny, like to play outside your home at 123 Main Street in Fairfield, California? Or are you just happiest playing video games? I think it’s best outside, especially when I reveal all those gorgeous colors. Soon, I’ll be “nipping at your nose”! Best to get outside now while you can!

Maybe after you finish your chores, you can play with Fido and Fluffy—outside? That reminds me, I promised Mother Nature I’d do some more yardwork, so …

“Bye” for now!  
Jack Frost  

Posted on Leave a comment

2018 Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered our first contest! We received almost 500 entries and the amount of talent was amazing. It was incredibly difficult choosing the winners, but here they are!

 

1st place and $500

Andrea Felcone, United States (Jack Frost)

2nd place and $250

Ana Mendes, Portugal (Halloween)

3rd place and $100

Larissa Kosmos, United States (Sandman)

 

Honorable Mention Awards ($25 each):

Eric Lewis, United States (Sandman)

Abby Epplett, United States (Cupid)

Michelle Paxon, United States (Leprechaun)

Kathy Jeffords, United States (Easter Bunny)

Munira Tabassum Ahmend, Australia (Mother Nature)

Xenia Weakly, United States (Father Time)

Emma Lehman, Canada (Uncle Sam)

Jaclyn Dietz, United States (Tooth Fairy)

Kelsey Hontz, United States (Jack Frost)

Tricia Lowther, United Kingdom (Halloween entity)

Sandra Roth, United States (Tom Turkey)

Posted on Leave a comment

Elf James won an autographed Harry Potter photo!

We’re so excited that Elf James won a photograph autographed by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. It recently arrived complete with Certificate of Authenticity, and it’s now framed and hanging in our Magical Mail Office in downtown Fairfield, CA. Residents of Solano County, now you can view this item as well as our screen used Hogwarts letter when you visit us!

Posted on Leave a comment

First Ever Legendary Letters Writing Contest

I’ve been tinkering with the idea of hosting a letter writing contest for some time, and I’ve decided to go for it! I’ve sent thousands of letters out over the past 22 years (every single one written by me). I still love what I do, but I can’t help thinking it would be great to have input from other people. What would it be like to have a resident of Ireland write as a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day, a WWII veteran write as Uncle Sam for Independence Day, or an Environmentalist write as Mother Nature for Mother’s Day? I can imagine being these things, but I haven’t really lived it the way they have. I also wondered how writers from all generations would have different points of view and memories about the holidays? I really hope we get submissions from Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, and the Greatest Generation as well as those still in school.

I’ve posted all the details on the Contest Page and hope you’ll check it out. There are 11 categories of characters and holidays to choose from. Anyone 13 and up may enter, and the deadline is December 15, 2018. Prizes will be awarded on December 20, 2018 just in time for the holidays. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to write a letter to a fictional child named Jessie Jones as a magical being.

Thank you so much to the following sites who have added us to their list of contests:

Almond Press

Duotrope

FreelanceWriting

Aswiebe’s

Horror Tree

WriterMag

 

 

Posted on Leave a comment

Elf Stacy’s 1990 Writing Contest Win

Back in 1990 when I was a senior in high school, my Government teacher read about a writing contest hosted by UC Davis. He decided to make it a class assignment (we had to write an essay about the importance of the media and free press). My mom was always trying to get me to enter writing competitions whenever she came across them in the newspaper or magazines, and although I had loved creative writing since 5th grade, I never felt my writing was good enough to compete. Since writing this essay was mandatory for my class, I went ahead and turned it in. My teacher, Mr. Harker, submitted them all to UC Davis, and I was shocked to learn that I had won 2nd place and a prize of $250!

My family was so proud when we got to go to an award ceremony and news reporter, Bob Schaeffer, presented me with an engraved plaque and the check. At the time I was just pleased that I got to spend the money on material to make my senior prom dress. Later I realized that winning that award is what gave me the confidence to get my BA in Humanities from San Jose State and to open my own writing business in 1996. I’ve been thinking about that contest a lot lately. (I even got my photo and essay published in our local newspaper, The Daily Republic.) I keep telling myself I need to get to the library and find it on their microfiche since I lost my copy quite awhile ago.

I’ve decided that I’d like to host my own writing contest based on that experience, and will write about it in another blog post soon!