Our Tell-A-Tale contest for 2019 is now closed. Please check back for more information about our 2020 contest.


Children who live or attend a school in Hancock County can write a short story (350 maximum). Adults can assist younger children by writing their story down for them.  Older children should print their story. This year's contest will run January 1-31, 2019 and there will not be assigned topics. Children can use their imagination and write about anything. The child can include illustrations (one picture or many) but they are not required. Once the stories are all submitted (deadline January 31) a third party of judges will rank the top three stories in each grade level. Awards will be handed out at an awards ceremony in February 2019. 

All winning stories will be printed in a tab that will be distributed to all students in Hancock County, grades kindergarten through fifth grade. 

2019 Tell-A-Tale Forms 

2019 Entry Form 2019 Rules & Regulations Teachers Kit

Scoring Rubric Book Suggestions Plot Exercise

Character Exercise Character Exercise (w/ words)

Writing Exercise Creating Original Characters


2017 Tell-A-Tale Winners

1st place - Ella, who is homeschooled
2nd place - Acadia from Whittier Primary
3rd place - Declan from Jefferson Primary

1st grade
1st place -Emmalyn from Whittier Primary
2nd place - Cara from Van Buren
3rd place - Amstamaelle, who is homeschooled

2nd grade
1st place - Anna from Liberty Benton Elementary
2nd place - KaraLynn from Heritage Christian School
3rd place - Eden from Jefferson Primary

3rd grade - sponsored by Hancock Wood Electric Co-op
1st place award - Annalese from Riverdale Elementary
2nd place award - Khloe from Wilson Vance
3rd place award - Abhinaya from Van Buren Elementary

4th grade - sponsored by Hancock Federal Credit Union
1st Place -  Ally from Liberty Benton Elementary
2nd place - Ryleigh from McComb Elementary
3rd place -  Emma from McComb Elementary

5th grade - sponsored by The University of Findlay
1st place - Allison from Riverdale Elementary
2nd place - Madison from Bigelow Hill Intermediate
3rd place - Ady from Cory Rawson Elementary

2019 Sponsors

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