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Treehouse Tales

Each year, WCNY hosts the “Treehouse Tale Young Writers and Illustrators Contest”  for students in grades 1-4 to promote literacy and creative expression by encouraging children to write and illustrate their own stories.

Students in WCNY’s 19-county viewing area are eligible to enter the contest. The deadline for all entries is March 3.

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 April 9 where winners will present their tales.

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

Education Contact Form

Students invited to submit entries for WCNY’s 9th annual ‘Treehouse Tales Young Writers and Illustrators Contest’

WCNY will begin accepting entries for its 9th annual Treehouse Tales Young Writers and Illustrators Contest Jan 2. The annual event, open to students in grades 1-4, promotes literacy and creative expression by encouraging children to write and illustrate their own stories.

 Students in WCNY’s 19-county viewing area are eligible to enter the contest. The deadline for all entries is March 3. Contest rules and entry forms are available at www.wcny.org/treehousetales.

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 April 9 where winners will present their tales.

For more information about the contest, fill out the form below or contact Renee Ames, WCNY’s family literacy coordinator, at  (315) 453-2424.

Education Contact Form

Eligibility and Entry Guidelines

  • Entrants must be in first, second, third, or fourth grade.
  • Children of WCNY and contest judges are not eligible.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • Each entry must be an original work solely created by the entrant.
  • 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.
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
  • Entries can be fiction or non-fiction stories or poetry.
  • Any failure to adhere to contest rules including format specifications may be disqualified.
  • The entry must be submitted as a hard-copy.  No electronic submittals are permitted.
  • WCNY is not responsible for late, lost, stolen, damaged, incomplete or illegible entries or postage-due mail.
  • WCNY will make every effort, but is not required, to return entries only if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Entry Format Specifications

  • Each entry must include a minimum of five (5) illustrations created solely by the entrant.
  • Each entry must meet the appropriate word count as specified in the Word Count section below.
  • 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).
  • Text may be integrated into the illustration pages or on separate pages.
  • Non-English text must be translated on the same page.  The translated text must adhere to the word count.
  • Each page must be numbered.
  • 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.

Word Counts

  • First Grade: entries must have a minimum of 100 words of text.
  • Second Grade: entries must have a minimum of 150 words of text.
  • Third Grade: entries must have a minimum of 200 words of text.
  • Fourth Grade: entries must have a minimum of 250 words of text.
  • Maximum word count for all entries is 450 words of text.
  • The word count includes “a”, “an”, and “the” but not the words on the title page.

Judging Criteria

  • Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling, illustrations, overall impressions, and adherence to the contest rules.

Please fill out the form below and mail it with your entry to:

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

Treehouse Tales Entry Form

The 9th annual Treehouse Tales Young Writers & Illustrators contest award winners will be announced April 9 at 5 p.m. at WCNY, located 415 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse.

 

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