Maryna Doughty

Writer + Former Teacher + Christian

My Writing Accomplishments

1st Place in Vivian Kirkfield's 2020 #50PreciousWords Contest


Dance for Daddy 

By: Maryna Doughty

Word Count: 50


Daddy always whispered, “Dance your heart out.”

He said it every year.

But this recital was different.

When the music played, I…

chasséd our memories,

pirouetted around the pain,

pliéd it away,

and leapt go of a kiss.

When my dance was done, I…

peered up at heaven

and curtsied.


6th Place in Susanna Leonard Hill's 2019 Halloweensie Contest


Ghost’s Pest Problem

By: Maryna Doughty

Word Count: 98

Ghost peeked out the window.

GHOST: Ahhhh!!!

He picked up the phone and dialed the number.

WITCH: You've reached Lotions, Potions, and Other Solutions, how may I help you?

GHOST: I've got a pest problem!

WITCH: Okay, I'll send the exterminator.


Knock, knock.

Ghost opened the door.

GHOST: Finally, you’re here! They're all over the front porch!

SPIDER: It's that time of year. Halloween always brings them out, especially to haunted houses.

GHOST: You're sure the traps will work?

SPIDER: Oh yeah, they always get caught in them.


GHOST: They’re here! Quick! Spin the cobwebs!



Winning Entry in Lydia Lukidis and Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez's 2019 Fall Frenzy Writing Contest


By: Maryna Doughty

Word Count: 200

Image #5


People call me a scaredy cat, but I’m not.

I just don’t like bad luck.


On Halloween, I take precautions to ensure a safe night—or year. Or seven years.

“Wendy,” I say, “no mirrors in the house.”

“But I’ve never broken any before,” she says.

“Quick! Bring me your broomstick. We need to knock on wood.”


Surely, I get into the Halloween spirit.

I decorate…

“What are you hanging up?” Wendy asks.

“A rabbit’s foot,” I say.

“So spooky!”

“Wendy, wait! Don’t walk under my ladder!”


I bake delicious treats…

“Mmmm…cookie dough!” Wendy squeals.

“Hold on, it needs a pinch of salt. Could you pass me the—”


“Oh no! Wendy, quick! Toss some over your shoulder!”


I even help Wendy get ready…

“Glitter?” I say. “You can be a sparkly witch.”

“But I’m that every year. Can’t I be something else?”

“No, Wendy. Then you’ll want to see what you look like.”

“What’s wrong with that?”

“Mirrors, Wendy. We can’t have any.”

“We need one.”


“It’s important you know what you look like. It’ll help you stop being such a scaredy cat.”

“I’m not—”

“Here, look…”

“Ahhh! A black cat! Why didn’t you tell me?!”



Favorite Books


Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend 


Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud


The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker 


Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe by Gavin de Becker


The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller


The Reading Zone: How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers by Nancie Atwell and Anne Atwell Merkel


Readicide by Kelly Gallagher




The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine 



Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens


Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko


The Stepmom Shake-Up by Niki Lenz


Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume


Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed


The Wide-Awake Princess series by E.D. Baker


Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney


The Bad Guys series by Aaron Blabey


Wild Fairies series by Brandi Dougherty

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish




I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen


Summer Color by Diana Murray


It's Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk


The One-Stop Story Shop by Tracey Corderoy


A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale by Penny Parker Klostermann 


I'm Sorry! By Barry Timms

An Easter Egg Hunt for Jesus by Susan Jones


Bunny Breaths by Kira Willey

The Little Blue Truck series by Alice Schertle