Valentiny 2022 WINNER!

Updated: Mar 31

I am thrilled to update this post! A Change of Heart WON the Valentiny contest! A huge thank you to everyone who liked the story and voted for it!


Valentine's Day is here and so is another kidlit contest hosted by Susanna Hill!


I love to write stories with an SEL lens and was excited when I read the guidelines. This year's Valentiny contest requires participants to write a Valentine-themed children's story in which someone feels proud (in under 214 words).


If you want to read some of the other amazing entries, click here.


A CHANGE OF HEART (187 words)


Valentine’s Day is Mabel’s least favorite holiday.

The worst thing about Valentine’s Day…

Conversation hearts.

These hearts were bad enough without posters and stickers of them spread all over school.

UR CUTE

Ugh.

BE MINE

Ew.

KISS ME

Barf.

“They’re too lovey-dovey,” Mabel rolled her eyes.

“Agreed. Let’s do something about it,” said Lev.

“I’ve already got a plan!” Mabel smirked.

She filled him in, and they got right to work making a poster.

A CHANGE OF HEART

Conversation hearts are gushy and mushy!

Let go of the old sayings and make way for…

Mindful hearts!

Take some hearts, write your best encouraging sayings, and drop them in the box.

The contest created a flurry.

When they checked the box after school it was overflowing.

Mabel high-fived Lev.

“Let’s do this!”

They pulled the mushy, gushy hearts off the walls and replaced them with the new hearts.

The next day, students and teachers crowded the hallways, reading the hearts aloud.

DON’T QUIT

PROUD OF U

FEAR LESS

BE YOU

“Now that’s a conversation!” said Lev.

Mabel beamed.

Maybe Valentine’s Day isn’t so bad after all, she thought.

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