#FallWritingFrenzy 2021

The Fall Writing Frenzy contest is here! It is hosted by Kaitlyn Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis with Ameerah Holliday as a guest judge. All the details can be found on this blog post. Check out all the other Fall Writing Frenzy entries here.  

Contestants are prompted to write a story in 200 words or less by choosing one of their pre-selected fall-themed photos. I chose the Moon Festival below.

Mooncake Festival- Credit: Alex Ho / Creative Commons

Here is my 189-word entry:

An Extra Mooncake

By Kim-Hoa Ung

Tonight the moon shines brightly, full and round.

A time of togetherness, family reunion.

Four mooncakes in a shiny red tin.

One for me, one for Mama, one for Baba.

Maybe the extra one for me.

I light my paper lantern, in hopes of luck and happiness.

Baba’s almost home.

I see my neighbors gazing skyward. An elderly couple. I wonder if they will celebrate.

As we wait, Mama tells the story of Chang-E, the lady who lives on the moon, spending her days missing loved ones on Earth.

I squint my eyes to find Chang-E. “There she is!”

Mama smiles and squishes my cheeks.

I hear a familiar sound and rush to the driveway.

“Baba!” We bear hug each other.

Time to pray and enjoy mooncakes. As I hold mine and notice the extra mooncake, an idea strikes me. I whisper in Mama’s ear and she nods. Then I sprint out the door.

“For you!” as I hand the mooncakes to my neighbors. “Happy Moon Festival!”

“Thank you, my dear!”

Mama and Baba come out to join us. We smile and admire the moon, full and round. Together.


Thank you for reading my story.

This Fall Writing Frenzy is my first writing competition. Thank you to Kaitlyn Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis for organizing it.

Happy Autumn, everyone! 🍂

10 thoughts on “#FallWritingFrenzy 2021

  1. I love the generosity of the MC, at first wanting the extra mooncake for herself and then sharing her own AND the extra. So sweet! Satisfying ending. Best of luck to you! –Melisa Wrex @mowrex (Twitter)


  2. I loved your sweet little story, Kim. Your MC is lovable and spunky. I can picture her wide smile as she shares the mooncakes with the neighbors. We are called Mama and Baba in our family so that resonated with me as well!


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