Win With Telling Tales!

Social Media Contests 

We’re excited to offer many different contests all year round. Check back here for new contests, and be sure to visit our Facebook page and Instagram page for book giveaways!

All winners of our social media contests must be available to pick up their prize from one of our Community Partners, Hamilton Public Library Branch, or a Burlington Public Library Branch.

Telling Tales 10th Anniversary Video Contest

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, Telling Tales invites EVERYONE to enter our Video Contest. Make a short video about a favourite Telling Tales experience: Tell us what the festival means to you and your family, or tell us about a favourite author you met or book you read because of Telling Tales.

The possibilities are endless!

Create the video with your family, friends, classmates, or even as a selfie. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just be yourself!

Here’s the best part. Just for participating, you could WIN YOUR VERY OWN AUTHOR! At least for a day, anyway. Three lucky winners will receive an AUTHOR VISIT by one of our Telling Tales authors! Imagine winning this prize for your school, class, or service group. You’ll be a superhero!

Contest open May 2 to December 31, 2018

For Contest Rules please go to:

Visit for all the contest details and to submit your video.


10th Annual Telling Tales Bookmark Contest

Attention children and youth 3 to 14: Create a bookmark that shows us how you embrace the power of stories!

Get creative for a chance to win fantastic prizes. All you have to do is print our contest entry form, design and colour your personal bookmark, then drop it off at one of our community partners:

  • Hamilton Public Library

  • Burlington Public Library

  • Brantford Public Library

  • Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton

  • A Different Drummer Books in Burlington

Contest closes Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Click here for Telling Tales Bookmark Contest Rules 

Download the 2018 Telling Tales Bookmark Contest Form Here


HPL 7th Annual Tween Writing Contest

Calling all writers ages 10-12! Submit an original short story for your chance to win an invitation to a private writing workshop with Kevin Sands, author of the Blackthorn Key series, at the 10th Annual Telling Tales Festival on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Visit  for all the details.

Contest runs from June 29 to August 25


HPL Summer Reading Club Draws

Here’s your chance to win books and meet the literary stars attending Telling Tales! Register for the HPL Summer Reading program and then track books you have read from the Telling Tales Reading List. One lucky winner will receive a special Telling Tales family VIP pass! Find out more about the HPL Summer Reading Club.

Draw takes place at the end of July.