2023 Tell-a-Tale Contest

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We will begin accept submissions for the 2023 Tell-A-Tale contest from
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - Tuesday February 28, 2023



Write a short story (350 word maximum) and submit it with a signed entry form to the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.  Children in grades K-5 who live or attend school in Hancock County, OH are eligible to enter.  

Children can write about any topic, and stories may be fiction or nonfiction. Older children should print or type their story. Adults can assist younger children by writing/typing their story for them. The child can also include illustrations but illustrations are not required. 

Our judging panels will be composed of small volunteer groups from local organizations and businesses, who will rank the top three stories in each grade level.  All winning stories will be printed in a 2023 Tell-A-Tale book. Below are the forms and resources for you to use. If you hover over the form or resource you wish to have, the color of the text will change. Select the form you want, and print!  

2023 Tell-a-Tale Forms


Entry form A signed form must be included with your story

Contest Rules

Writing Rubric

Illustration Rubric



Illustration Contest

We have partnered with the Mazza Museum to include an illustration portion of our Tell-A-Tale writing contest. Any child submitting a story entry for Tell-A-Tale will automatically have the cover illustration of their story entered into the illustration contest. A group of volunteers from Mazza will judge the illustrations and rank the top three illustrations in each grade level. All winning illustrations will be printed in the 2023 Tell-A-Tale book.

(All eligible illustrations MUST be submitted with a story. Illustrations submitted by themselves will not be judged.)


Tell-A-Tale Resources

Looking for writing exercises to help you write your story?  Need lesson plans for a class?  Here are some resources to help.


Lesson Plans

Teacher Lesson Plan (Using a Mentor Text)

Mentor Text Book List

Teacher Lesson Plan (Using a Mad Lib)

Mad Lib Template




Writing Exercise Worksheets

Character Writing Exercise

Character Writing Exercise (with examples)

Plot Writing Exercise

Short Story Template






Tell-a-Tale is sponsored by The Friends of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library