2023 Tell-a-Tale Contest

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Story Winners

1st – Kaira Sanghavi

2nd – Serena Daniels

3rd – Rykken Thomas

Illustration Winners

1st – Elowen Mowery

2nd – Emery Fout

3rd - Rykken Thomas


1st Grade

Story Winners

1st – Everly Harris

2nd – Aleigha Woodruff

3rd – Paul Berquist

Illustration Winners

1st – Elizabeth Benner

2nd – Aleigha Woodruff

3rd – Nettie Shannon


2nd Grade

Story Winners

1st – Claire Romanoski

2nd – Vanessa McGinniss

3rd – Elizabeth Green

Illustration Winners

1st – Claire Romanoski

2nd – Vanessa McGinniss

3rd – Clara Fulks


3rd Grade

Story Winners

1st – Norah Halm

2nd – Annie Babcock

3rd – Leo Bower

Illustration Winners

1st – Callie Kuhn

2nd – Norah Halm

3rd – Cecilia Stockwell


4th Grade

Story Winners

1st – Adelynn Woodruff

2nd – Abigail Jung (with illustrations by Adlai Ruhlen)

3rd – Halle Brzezinski

Illustration Winners

1st – Regina Sadowski

2nd – Liz Black (with story by Mariko Weese)

3rd – Shiho Sugiura


5th Grade

Story Winners

1st – Acadia Simmons

2nd – Lexi Thompson

3rd – Daniel Reese

Illustration Winners

1st – Mari Hardie

2nd – Acadia Simmons

3rd – Amaris Thomas


Congratulations to all of our winners of the 2023 Tell-A-Tale Contest!




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



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