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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 and 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.

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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.


WCNY Treehouse Tales Contest

415 W. Fayette Street

Syracuse, NY 13204

The entry period for this year’s contest is closed. 

The 10th annual Treehouse Tales Young Writers & Illustrators contest award winners will be announced March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at WCNY, located 415 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse.



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