Short Story Contest 1 - "Billy's Coloring Book"

The deadline for the second contest has already passed and the stories are available for reading. It had a Spring theme, and the winner got a $25 gift certificate. Stay tuned for information regarding another contest!
Are you an author, publisher or webmaster? Contact Scott if you would like to sponsor the next short story contest.
Posts: 79
Joined: 07 Sep 2012, 05:23
Bookshelf Size: 0

Re: Short Story Contest 1 - "Billy's Coloring Book"

Post by Williamz » 02 Apr 2013, 02:33

Billy and Monster love all the holidays as they get to spend quality time together. However, their best holiday is Easter as they get to eat their favorite food...CHOCOLATE!
This is a nicely illustrated story which gives a lesson in an entertaining way. Billy and his Monster go to Grandma's for Easter and eat too many chocolate eggs. Billy learns that he needs to eat in moderation.

Posts: 10
Joined: 17 Jul 2013, 11:42
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by mydualbrella » 17 Jul 2013, 11:46

The story was written wonderfully but I can't seem to understand the last part. Anyway, the writer seems to write this story very creatively.

User avatar
Carla Hurst-Chandler
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 8227
Joined: 24 Feb 2012, 20:10
Favorite Author: Pirzig
Favorite Book: Zen and the Art...
Currently Reading: The Lost Landscape
Bookshelf Size: 126

Post by Carla Hurst-Chandler » 17 Jul 2013, 15:12

Billy is an adult prisoner on death row.
“The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called yourself.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

User avatar
Posts: 5
Joined: 02 Jan 2014, 19:40
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by leseluv » 02 Jan 2014, 19:53

It was quite interesting. Not completely sure what happened at the end, but i liked it.

Posts: 51
Joined: 13 Feb 2014, 20:08
Bookshelf Size: 0
Reviewer Page:

Post by neha+thomas+ » 13 Feb 2014, 20:59

I think the author has left the last part to the imagination of the reader, you can make what you want of it. Initially I thought , Billy is a little boy but after reading through completely I think Billy is a man who is in prison and serving a term. But all in all it is a good read.

User avatar
Posts: 8
Joined: 26 Feb 2014, 18:57
Bookshelf Size: 0
Reviewer Page:

Post by Dana0483 » 26 Feb 2014, 19:24

Nice short story with an unseen twist.

User avatar
Posts: 5
Joined: 16 Apr 2014, 14:55
Favorite Author: Piers Anthony
Favorite Book: The Ant and the Elephant
Currently Reading: Your Dream Machine
Bookshelf Size: 0
fav_author_id: 6215

Post by Nielgraph » 16 Apr 2014, 22:03

Very creative. Nice story. Thank you.

Posts: 77
Joined: 05 Nov 2014, 14:13
Bookshelf Size: 1
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: "The Key-Stone of the Bridge" by Craig Meggy

Post by Sweet_Lullaby » 24 Nov 2014, 14:46

that was so cool! Very well written, but I had a little trouble with the end as well.
Latest Review: "The Key-Stone of the Bridge" by Craig Meggy

Posts: 10
Joined: 02 Dec 2014, 10:54
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by jolovesbooks1 » 02 Dec 2014, 11:04

Very unexpected ending. I like that in a story.

User avatar
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1998
Joined: 02 Oct 2014, 12:42
2018 Reading Goal: 75
2017 Reading Goal: 60
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 74
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 118
Favorite Author: Too many to count
Favorite Book: Ditto
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 244
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: How to Build Children with Integrity by Karen Budzinski

Post by LivreAmour217 » 03 Dec 2014, 20:50

Wow! Amazing story with a surprising twist! Billy morphed from innocent little boy to orange-jumpsuited death row inmate in the blink of an eye! I sure didn't see that coming :shock: However, I wonder if Billy really understands what he did to land himself in prison, and it makes me a little sad, because I can't help imagining that Billy is mentally handicapped.
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein

User avatar
Posts: 245
Joined: 26 Oct 2014, 21:19
Favorite Author: Jeaniene Frost
Favorite Book: Once Burned
Currently Reading: The Truth of all Flesh
Bookshelf Size: 31
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: "Dehumanized" by Michael Loring
fav_author_id: 3311

Post by ejcogan » 31 Jan 2015, 21:11

I liked it! Sounds like Billy was going to his execution and was trying to remember his last beautiful moment...
It is better to have loved and lost, than to be married to a psycho for the rest of your life.
Latest Review: "Dehumanized" by Michael Loring

Nishan Dass
Posts: 36
Joined: 07 Sep 2015, 05:04
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by Nishan Dass » 13 Oct 2015, 02:42

Good story

User avatar
Posts: 157
Joined: 26 Aug 2015, 09:34
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 3
Currently Reading: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Bookshelf Size: 321
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: " Book of your Choice" by Audiobooks

Post by TangledinText » 11 Nov 2015, 12:56

It left me with a scrunched up, confused facial expression. I predicted some type of twist trying to relate in coloring as a kid and not once remembering ever mixing colors and knowing off the top of my head what colors made up brown or peach. Maybe it is because I was just spoiled with a 64 crayola pack that I didn't have to make my mind work like that. Intense story. It seems the author definitely service their purpose in providing a cliff hanger, but this seems to leave you hanging with no sense of direction in which to fall, float, fly. It was too open-ended, but then again I could just be frustrated because I don't get it.
Latest Review: " Book of your Choice" by Audiobooks

User avatar
Posts: 288
Joined: 08 Nov 2015, 02:17
2017 Reading Goal: 150
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 0
Favorite Author: J. K. Rowling
Favorite Book: <a href=" ... 0734">Anne of Green Gables</a>
Currently Reading: Rilla of Ingleside
Bookshelf Size: 109
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: "Countdown the reckoning" by Ashley Michael

Post by zaynab_m » 16 Nov 2015, 10:53

Wow, amazing story! I read the entire story through; I loved it! And I also have a sneaky feeling I do understand what you're saying... though I might be wrong.

The story is written beautifully, with great descriptions. I love it!
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
Latest Review: "Countdown the reckoning" by Ashley Michael

User avatar
Posts: 3
Joined: 08 Dec 2015, 02:53
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by secarsuwor » 08 Dec 2015, 02:56

Wow, so cool story .
I could feel the expression in this story

-- 08 Dec 2015, 02:57 --

Oh i forget to say thanks for this story

Post Reply

Return to “Short Story Contest”