Writing Samples


"Copernica" - Published in Spaceports & Spidersilk, January 2014.  (YA Short Story) When Copernica risks a supply run into dragon territory to get a box of chocolate cake, she accidentally leads her nemesis One Eye the dragon back to the village. She just wanted to make her little brother's birthday special, but will she live to celebrate it? 

"The Black Box" - Published in Stinkwaves Magazine, April 2015 (Middle Grade Short Story) Siblings Makayla and Jayden realize their home is no longer safe when the kitchen is barricaded, the food stash vanishes, and a giant black box appears in the hall.  When Jayden disappears into the box, Makayla risks her own life to find out what happened to him.

Grinchy Gretchen -  Poem on Writing & Illustrating, 2017


More Than a Hole - PB Honorable Mention, Rate Your Story Contest 2015
Christmas Wildfire - Finalist, Holiday Contest 2017 

"Allergic to Fun" - winner, Vesper Stamper's Cruel Summer Contest 2014
"The Crocodile and the Plover"  - winner, Arbordale Publishing Poetry Month Contest 2014
Don't Splash the Mama - winner, Lucky Clover Picture Book Contest 2012 at Write Wild!
Mapmaker - winner, Lucky Clover Picture Book Contest 2013 at Write Wild!

Contests hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill
Snow Day Valentine's - Valentiny Contest 2018
Christmas Wildfire - Finalist, Holiday Contest 2017
Timmy's Sweet Success - Halloweenise Contest 2017
Spider's Home - Halloweensie Contest 2016
The Billy Goats Valentines Gamble - Valentiny Contest 2016
The Bully Spell - Halloweensie Contest 2015
"Sulky Spider's Spooky Webs" - 3rd place, Halloweensie Contest 2014 
"White Cat's Halloween" - Honorable Mention, Halloweensie Contest 2013
"No Trick or Treat for Jack"  -  Honorable Mention,  Halloweensie Contest 2012
My Trashman Gave to Me - Holiday Contest 2016
Squirrel's Famous Winter Feast - Holiday Contest 2015
Jimmy Cantore Steals Christmas - Honorable Mention, Holiday Contest 2014
Christmas Confusion - Holiday Contest 2013
A Mom to Share - Holiday Contest 2012
Take a Selfie, Valentine - Valentiny Contest 2017
The Princess and the Stinky Cheese - 3rd place,  March Madness Contest 2014
The Smusher and The Saver - Spring Contest 2013
Uncle Alfred's Apple Pie - 4th of July Contest 2013
Another Princess to Save - 5th place, Summer Send Off Contest 2012

First Page Picture Prompts at Kathy Temean's Writing & Illustrating:
Copernica - Critiqued by Literary Agent Sean McCarthy (Sheldon Fogelman Agency) in July 2012.
The Wheel - Critiqued by Editorial Consultant Sarah Cloots in August 2012.
My Robot Ran Away
He Loves Me Not - Critiqued by Literary Agent Janine Hauber (Sheldon Fogelman Agency) in March 2013

"Mischievous Elf on the Shelf" - a holiday picture prompt at Wordsmith Studio

*MLA Style*


  1. Again, happy anniversary! I like your gift. What an impressive writing resume you've started. May you have many more successes to come!

    1. I'm a firm believer in celebrating the little things!

  2. Great write-up! Writing is a talent, and it must not be wasted. As with everything that we had been entrusted, we should let it grow and share it with the world.> life long learner


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