Monday, March 17, 2014


I am a few days late, I know.  But judging this year was incredibly difficult.  And with all of that slop took a long time to clean up.

Thank you so much for the 5 final stories.  Such creativity! 

We had a story that required gas masks to clean up; stories that trashed both a McDonalds and a grocery store, one that included a food slinging monkey; and even a Bacon Elementary.  Mmmm. 

A few brave contestants set their stories in rhyme, and all of the Flingers quickly jumped on board.  And two stories even included illustration.

This was very tough. As I said, the creativity was overwhelming and definitely had me rolling on the very sticky floor.

All of the winners this year will receive a  hardcover copy of the delightfully rhyming FOOD FIGHT! by Carol Diggory Shields, whimsically illustrated in clay by Doreen GayKassel. 

This book has been a favorite in my family for years and will hopefully inspire you all to participate again next year.

First we have the prize for the Most Food Flung.

In this case, it was a TIE!  With 9 fabulous tosses of glop each, these two commented multiple times on each story and definitely were community personified.


Both of you need to be sure to email me your address at to claim your prize..

And now the winner of The Best Story. 

The judging finally came down to the story which was not only creative in its setting, scenario and characters, but also kept me wondering what the sequel will hold.  Seriously, the characters were so fleshed out and the language was peppered with fun similes and metaphors that had me chuckling.  I hope we haven't seen the last of the firey red Priscilla Witherspoon.

The winner of the 2nd ANNUAL LITERARY FOOD FIGHT "Best Story" is


Please reach out to me at so we arranged your prize. 

Congrats to the winners. And once again, thank you to all of our participants. I hope it was truly a good time and we hope to play with you again next year!

I also want to thank Julie Rowan-Zoch for our fabulous badge.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Read the Completed 2ND ANNUAL FOOD FIGHT Stories Here!

Phew!  Anyone else exhausted?  What a fun time! 
Thank you ALL who participated in the Second Annual FOOD FIGHT!  And an extra special thank you to the 7 bloggers who allowed us to FLING and SPLAT all over their pages.  They have had the weeknd to clean up and today you can read their completed stories here.

Blogger Participants, please link your story below. 

Judging will start this week with a winner announced March 14th!


Completed FOOD FIGHT Stories:

Friday, March 7, 2014

Last Day to Fling Your Food! Literary FOOD FIGHT closes at Midnight EST

Sad, but true.  Our FOOD FIGHT comes to an end at midnight tonight (EST).  So, grab that last spoonful of chocolate pudding or that last bowl of creamed corn and make it count!

It's not too late to win the coveted "Most Food Flung" award. 

Your comment needs to grow the story.

Read the posted story and all of the comments that precede you. Then, post your comment. Be sure to build on and further the existing story. Your comment should flow. The story should read as if it was written by one person when read from beginning to end.

ALSO, your comment needs to include at least one word of onomatopoeia and one thrown item of food. Your onomatopoeia must be a word that has not been used already in that story, as well. That's right. Be creative.

You can comment more than once on a story, however, you cannot fight with yourself...meaning, you cannot follow one of your own comments...someone else needs to comment before you can comment again. Have fun.

To my Participating Bloggers:

Over the weekend (March 8th and 9th) blog owners need to wrap up their story. 

Clean up any comments that do not contribute to the story (you know, those "I heart this post" comments). 

I am going to ask you to repost the story in its entirity in a brand new post. 

Create a satisfying ending.  Tie up any loose ends.  Flex those creative writing chops.

Judging starts on Monday and the prizes for "Best Story" and "Most Food Flung" will be awarded March 14th.

You MUST be a Follower of this Blog to be eligible for prizes.

Monday, March 3, 2014

FOOD FIGHT!! Start Your Stories

It's here!  The Write Routine's Second Annual FOOD FIGHT! in celebration of World Read Aloud Day.

So what do you do?

If you have a blog, create a post in which you start a story. This story should have a clear setting and at least one clear character. Set the scene. Be creative. It can be anywhere and anything.

There is no word minimum or maximum.  But remember, I am a kidlit let's keep it clean (until we start throwing food, of course).

Write the story up to the moment when a food fight breaks out. And then stop.

Publish your post, enter the link below...and then sit back.

If you don't have a blog, relax...your participation will be needed too.  Read full FOOD FIGHT instructions for participation here.

Remember, you MUST be a Follower of this blog to be eligible for prizes.


The FOOD FIGHT Starts Today at 10am EST

Are you ready?
The FOOD FIGHT starts at 10am EST.
Be sure to come back at that time to upload your story.