Winter is a great time for reading and letting the imagination soar. Talented young students (grades 1-4) were encouraged to write and illustrate stories for this contest. Parents, teachers, libraries, and after-school programs were invited to make Treehouse Tales an enjoyable winter project.
The 10th annual Treehouse Tales Young Writers & Illustrators contest award winners were announced March 25 at WCNY.
View The Winning Entries
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*Please note, the entry period for Treehouse Tales 2015 is closed.*
2015 CONTEST GUIDELINES
- 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:
- Creative expression
- 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.