Well, here's an interesting piece of news: in honor of the upcoming 60th anniversary of Good Night, Moon, HarperCollins and Johnson & Johnson's (yes, the baby lotion people) are sponsoring a bedtime story competition.
Submit a maximum of 1500 words by July 16. If your original bedtime story is chosen as the grand prize winner, it will be published in a limited print run by HarperCollins. You also could win a slew of really nice prizes, including a few hundred dollars worth of good children's books from HarperCollins.
I just read about this today in a children's writer e-letter I receive regularly. I clicked on over to the official competition website. Looks like fun!
Do I have time to do this? No. Will I try? Maybe. I've not had a good year as far as writing projects and publication attempts, but I've had modest success in writing competitions before, and I've had several children's story ideas brewing for a while now. This afternoon I picked the sweet girl's brain (and her memory) to get her to talk about some of her very favorite bedtime stories.
Of course at lunch I mentioned it to D. and we got to giggling about a silly possibility that apes the classic itself (which of course would not have a chance of winning, since originality counts). How about "Good Night, Spoon"? I suggested, and D. laughed and said yes...a bedtime story for a child with a cough!