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Tell-A-Tale Writing & Illustration Contest


We will post the 2018 entry form when it is ready. Please check back! 


  • The child tells the story, which is written down by an adult. Older children should print their story.  Story topics should be chosen based on grade level of child on September 1, 2017—i.e. child will be in third grade on September 1 and should write about Responsibility.
  • The child illustrates the story—this can be one picture or many.
  • The parent or guardian must complete and sign the acknowledgement of contest rules.
  • Completed entry form, story, and illustration(s) can be submitted to the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, Arlington Library branch or the Bookmobile


The Kindergarten topic was Courage.

The 1st place award goes to Ella McBeath, who is homeschooled.

The 2nd place award goes to Acadia Simmons from Whittier Primary.

The 3rd place award goes to Declan Gillespie from Jefferson Primary.

The 1st grade topic was Hope.


The 1st place award goes to Emmalyn Cislo from Whittier Primary.

The 2nd place award goes to Cara Nichols from Van Buren.

The 3rd place award goes to Amstamaelle Sleasman, who is homeschooled.

The 2nd grade topic was Respect.

The 1st place award goes to Anna Witte from Liberty Benton Elementary.

The 2nd place award goes to KaraLynn Leszkowicz from Heritage Christian School.

The 3rd place award goes to Eden Kempf from Jefferson Primary.

The 3rd grade topic was Responsibility sponsored by Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op.


The 1st place award goes to Annalese Woodruff from Riverdale Elementary.

The 2nd place award goes to Khloe Sanders from Wilson Vance.

The 3rd place award goes to Abhinaya Rajan from Van Buren Elementary.

The 4th grade topic was Perseverance sponsored by Hancock Federal Credit Union.


The 1st place award goes to Ally Hocanson from Liberty Benton Elementary.

The 2nd place award goes to Ryleigh Felgar from McComb Elementary.

The 3rd place award goes to Emma Abbott from McComb Elementary.

The 5th grade topic was Appreciation for Diversity sponsored by The University of Findlay.

The 1st place award goes to Allison Woodruff from Riverdale Elementary.

The 2nd place award goes to Madison Christiansen-Temple from Bigelow Hill Intermediate.

The 3rd place award goes to Ady Smith from Cory Rawson Elementary.


  • Children who will be in kindergarten through 5th grade by September 2017 may submit a story.
  • Writers must be associated with the Hancock County School District.


  • We will begin accepting submissions on September 1, 2017.  All stories must be received by September 29, 2017.


  • Story must be no more than 350 words.
  • Story must be written in the English language.
  • Story may be typed or handwritten but it must be legible. Children who cannot write may dictate their story to be typed or written legibly.
  • Illustrations are encouraged but not required.
  • Only one entry per person—after the first entry received, all other entries by the same child will be disqualified.
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
  • Story must be wholly the original work of the entrant, written solely by the entrant. It cannot be copied from any other source.
  • Story cannot be in violation of or in conflict with the trademark, copyright, rights of privacy, rights of publicity, or any other rights, of any kind or nature, of any other person or entity.
  • Story must not have been previously broadcast or otherwise distributed or disseminated in any media or format.
  • Story must not include any language or other content that is inappropriate, offensive, pornographic, or otherwise unfit for dissemination or broadcast, as determined by the Tell-A-Tale Committee in its sole discretion.
  • Creativity is highly encouraged.


  • Entries will be judged by community advisors. All decisions of the judges are final and not subject to appeal or review.


  • Prizes will be awarded to First, Second, and Third place winners in each age group at an awards celebration on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church. Winners will be notified by phone or email prior to awards ceremony. First place winning entries will be published in The Courier.

Check back to download the 2018 Tell-A-Tale Rules and Entry Form!

Tell-A-Tale Book List

Hints for a successful entry 

Scoring Rubric

Teachers, click here for ways to use a newspaper in your classroom

Thank you to our 2017 Tell-A-Tale Sponsors

Major Sponsor

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative

Gold Sponsor


The University of Findlay

Silver Sponsor






Thank you to Altrusa for judging our 2017 Tell-A-Tale Contest!


Thank you to our in-kind sponsors: Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and Findlay Family!