Presenter submissions for 2019 are now closed!

Presenter submissions for 2020 will open in October, 2019.

The Telling Tales Selection Committee is eager to hear your ideas for our 11th season in 2019. Annually, we showcase over 35 of Canada’s leading children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians.

Telling Tales will have three signature events in 2019. The Telling Tales Festival takes place on Sunday, September 15th, 2019, at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario. Plans are in the works for Telling Tales Teen Tales and a new nature-literacy themed event. Presenters selected for 2019 may receive further invitations to attend our community and school program that runs throughout the school year.  As part of the submission process, please include your interest in participating in these events.

How The Telling Tales Presenters are Chosen

The Telling Tales’ Selection Committee creates a rich and culturally diverse program that appeals to Canadian youth and families, providing them with direct access to literary artists from across Canada. In making their choices, the committee considers, literary reviews, testimonials, awards and asks for suggestions from industry advisors, educators and children’s librarians. They look for engaging presenters who can: connect with readers of all ages and abilities; reach culturally diverse audiences; appeal to reluctant readers; provide relevant workshops and performances for children and families to experience. Telling Tales opens its call for presenters between October and December of each year. Children’s authors illustrators and performers are invited to submit their applications through the Telling Tales website beginning October 1, 2019 for the 2020 Festival.

We are aiming to have the 2019 line-up confirmed in March 2019. Thank you to all those who submit an application, however, due to the volume of interest in participating, only presenters who have been selected will be notified.

If you are a publisher, click here to complete the Publisher Application Form

If you are a presenter, click here to complete the Presenter Application Form

After completing the application form, please send printed material and sample copies to:

Telling Tales Selection Committee
c/o Naomi Brun
Hamilton Public Library
55 York Boulevard, Box 2700
Hamilton, ON L8N 4E4

Thank you in advance for helping us to make the 11th season of Telling Tales the best yet!