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Winter is a great time for reading and letting the imagination soar. Encourage talented young students (grades 1-4) to write illustrate stories for this contest. Parents, teachers, libraries, and after-school programs are invited to make Treehouse Tales an enjoyable winter project.

Students in WCNY’s 19-county viewing area are eligible to enter the contest. The deadline for all entries is March 2.

All entrants will receive a certificate of participation. WCNY’s judging teams will choose a first-, second- and third-place winner from each grade, with prizes awarded at a public award ceremony March 25 where winners will present their tales.

For more information about the contest,  fill out the form below.

Education Contact Form

2015 CONTEST GUIDELINES

1) Eligibility

  • Entrants must be in first, second, third, or fourth grade.
  • One entry per person of original work solely created by the entrant.
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
  • Children of WCNY and contest judges are not eligible.

2) Entry Guidelines

  • Entries should include a story or poem plus illustrations.
  • Minimum Word Counts by grade level, including all words in the story (but not the cover page).
    • First Grade: 100 words.
    • Second Grade: 150 words.
    • Third Grade: 200 words.
    • Fourth Grade: 250 words.
  • Maximum Word Count for any grade is 450 words.
  • The entry must be submitted as a hard-copy.  No electronic submittals are permitted.
  • Each entry must include a minimum of five (5) illustrations created solely by the entrant.
  • Text may be integrated into the illustration pages or on separate pages.
  • Text must be printed or typed.  Children who cannot write may dictate their entry to be printed or typed.
  • Entries must be created on one side of 8 ½ “ X 11” sheets of paper (please, nothing should appear on the back of the sheets of paper).
  • Each page must be numbered.
  • Non-English text must be translated on the same page.  The translated text must adhere to the word count.
  • Each story must have a title page with title and FIRST NAME ONLY of author.  (no last names, please)
  • Each entry’s pages may be paper-clipped together.  Please do not use staples, adhesives or pre-formed blank storybooks.
  • Any failure to adhere to contest rules, including format specifications, may be disqualified.
  • WCNY is not responsible for late, lost, stolen, damaged, incomplete or illegible entries or postage-due mail.

3) Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged on:

  • Originality
  • Creative expression
  • Storytelling
  • Illustrations
  • Overall impressions, and
  • Adherence to the contest rules.

4) Sending Story & Art to WCNY

  • Each entry must be accompanied by the WCNY Treehouse Tales Writers & Illustrators Contest Entry Form with the required signature of a parent/guardian that attests that the story and illustrations are original and that all rights to the entry have been granted to WCNY.
  • The entry form must be complete and legible.
  • WCNY will make every effort, but is not required, to return entries only if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2015.

MAIL TO:

WCNY Treehouse Tales Contest

415 W. Fayette Street

Syracuse, NY 13204

Please complete the form below and mail it with your story and illustration to:

WCNY
Attn: Treehouse Tales Contest
415 W. Fayete St.
Syracuse, NY 13204

Treehouse Tales Entry Form

The 10th annual Treehouse Tales Young Writers & Illustrators contest award winners will be announced March 25 at 5 p.m. at WCNY, located 415 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse.

 

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