Just recently I’ve begun to enter writing contests for children’s picture book writers. I love the challenge each contest presents because of the word limit restrictions. The following is my entry for the 2022 Spring Fling Writing Contest hosted by Kaitlyn Sanchez and Ciara O’Neal.
In Spring There Were Wings
by Julie Lerczak
For five long years, Lily lived beneath the water –first as an egg, nestled among the lotus.
Then she developed into her nymph body.
But Lily would transform many more times.
Every spring her body began to feel tight and cramped.
Then, a split formed along her spine, and a new body pushed its way out.
Changing was frightening at first, but such a relief when she could stretch out.
Lily felt more changes coming. But this time she needed more than a stretch of the legs.
She crept from the water, up a cattail stalk.
CRAAAACCCK, went her back and out spilled her new improved body with two giant eyes, four glistening wings, and a long blue abdomen.
It was her finest metamorphosis!
Her wings began to twitch then beat rapidly.
She leaped into the air, ready to explore the world… a dragonfly, at last.