April 2018 Challenge Roundup

An Ode to Challenges

Ah, Storybird!
Your artwork lovely as a rose.
Colorful avatars to welcome you on every page.
And the stories…

So many stories!
How we love to read them
and heart them
and fill the comments with praise

and stickers!
Magical, like a purple unicorn.
Dazzling. Slick like a ninja. Purrrfect.

Poetry, Picture Books, Longform,
Badges, Crowns, Guides,
APT and its silly potatoes,
and Challenges…

ALL the challenges!
Every month, an inspiration.
Every month, a thousand stories,
Every month, a roundup.

So now, to close our ode, a toast:
To Poetry Month.
To Challenges.
To these featured writers.

Ode to a Cookie, by EllaG777 - This was one of the first odes submitted to the challenge and it was an immediate hit with the staff. Funny, clever, and perfectly suited to the artwork.

An Ode to Cards, by GoWithTheFlo1 - One of the best examples we read of connecting the artwork with the poetry. Look at the vivid description of her toenail polish… Well done!

Hot Air Balloon, by kittycatpup4871 - We love the way this ode captures the sensation of what it feels like to see a balloon floating in the sky. Great use of sensory imagery!

Ode to Childhood, by Nyra_Brown - This ode captures the nostalgia of something we all can relate to—growing up. The author does a good job avoiding cliche by mixing general memories (singing in the rain) with specific details (Barbies and Scooby Doo).

I am Lightning, by EbonyBreeze - An ode with a twist! Just when you think you know what lightning is all about, the poem surprises you with the last line. Keep this in mind when creating characters to make them more complex.

Ode to Dandelions, by Fizzyisawesome757 - A poem (or story) doesn’t have to be long to be great. This simple ode accomplishes a lot in a few lines. It challenges assumptions (a dandelion is not a weed), it uses a simile (like an old sailor’s boat) to paint a mental picture, and it keeps to a tight rhyme scheme.

Hits the Spot, by LeahJH - This was another fantastic rhyming ode that also incorporated some comic relief. Do you see how the Rhyme Scheme is different in this example than in the Dandelion ode above?

Ode to Piano, by TwentyOnePilotsRocks - We really liked the descriptive writing in this ode. Note the attention to detail when the author describes all of the different pieces that make up a piano. Every good writer needs to have great observational skills. Nice work!

Honorable Mention:

The Creepy Crawlies, by CRSybil13 - This ode gets honorable mention because it’s not exactly clear that there are bugs in this piece of art. Then again, the ode is about the joys of squashing and squishing and the artwork definitely includes smudges. But mostly, we wanted to give a shoutout to the author for the exceptional use of onomatopoeia. Clap! Clap! Clap!

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