Applications for our 2020 festival are now closed- stay tuned for our line-up announcement in May!

Present at Telling Tales

The Telling Tales Selection Committee is eager to hear your ideas for our 12th season in 2020. Annually, we showcase over 35 of Canada’s leading children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians.

Telling Tales will have three signature events in 2020. The Telling Tales Festival takes place in September at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario. There is also our Tween focused day at the Hamilton Public Library and our latest day, Nature Tales. Presenters selected for the festival may receive further invitations to attend our community and school programs that runs throughout the 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 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, and provide engaging workshops and performances.

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 2020 lineup confirmed in March 2020. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: You must have or create a Google account in order to open and send the forms.  It’s easy and it’s free.  You will be prompted to input your email and password once you click on the links below.

Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2019

If you are a publisher, click here to complete the 2020 Publisher application form

If you are a presenter, click here to complete the 2020 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 12th season of Telling Tales the best yet!