Explore Your World School Contest

Your school has a chance to win a visit from one of this year’s Telling Tales Festival presenters!

Together, use your imagination to create a picture, collage, video, song, poem or essay based on this years’ theme: Explore Your World.

Read a book from the 2016 Telling Tales Reading List for inspiration.

Three lucky schools will win a special author visit by one of this year’s amazing Telling Tales Festival presenters.

Learn more about our Explore Your World School Contest from author/illustrator Kevin Sylvester:

Three winners will be announced at the Festival on September 18, 2016.

  • Open to students in Kindergarten to Grade 10

  • Three age categories: Primary K-Gr. 3, Junior Gr. 4-6 & Intermediate Gr. 7-10

  • Maximum three submissions per school

  • Click here for a detailed marking rubric

  • Deadline for electronic submission: Extended to Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Challenge:

  1. Register your class for the Contest using the form provided below. Registration begins May 17th.

  2. As a class, choose an author, illustrator, book, theme or style from the 2016 Telling Tales Reading List for inspiration.

  3. Choose a medium for your exploration: together create a picture, collage, video, song, poem or an essay based on the theme: “Explore Your World”.

  4. Briefly explain how your exploratory creation relates to the book your class chose.

  5. Send your digital submission using the form provided.

Contest Details:

  • The contest begins May 17, 2016 when the 2016 Telling Tales Festival lineup is announced and Reading List is posted.

  • Your explanation can be a written or video summary (max. 500 words or 60 sec. video) that details why you chose the author/theme, the medium and what the link is to what you have created.

  • Bonus points for explaining why you would love an author to visit your school.

  • All schools will receive a certificate for participating.

  • Schools within a three hour travel radius of Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario, will win a live author visit; schools further away will win a “Skype” visit.

  • As part of their special presentation, the visiting author will speak to the school about what they loved about the winning submissions.

  • Author visits will take place during the 2016-2017 school year.

  • We will ask Telling Tales Facebook and Twitter fans to help us narrow down the top entries by voting for (liking) their favorite. A Telling Tales committee will narrow down the top 10-20 entries.

  • An expert panel of independent judges will make the final decision, and select the three winners.

A few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:  

Create a plasticine picture of your world (Barbara Reid). What might happen if Fox and Squirrel (Ruth Ohi) or Grumpy Bird (Jeremy Tankard) joined your class? Search for photos in your world that remind you of the Canadian Boundless train adventure (Kenneth Oppel). Imagine what might happen if Neil Flambé’s (Kevin Sylvester) next adventure took place at your school?

The Telling Tales Festival is an amazing day when kids big and small get to hang out with authors, illustrators and musicians, meet historical and literary characters, and have a blast. It happens every September at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario, and guess what? It’s FREE.

The Explore Your World School Contest is now closed.

Winners will be announced at the festival on Sunday September 18, 2016