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Students Whip Up Terrific Tales For Writing Contest In Shelton

Students from Sunnyside School are diligently at work.
Students from Sunnyside School are diligently at work. Photo Credit: courtesy of Shelton Public Schools

SHELTON, Conn. -- Shelton Public Schools is hosting its first Terrific Tales Short Story Contest — open to all Shelton Public School students — and the stories are due this Friday.

"Write a story. Tell a tale. Exercise your imagination and win prizes!" organizers ssaid.

The contest is a collaboration among the school district, Written Words Books & Gifts, and other sponsors. Victoria White, supervisor of literacy assessment and professional learning for district, told Daily Voice that the bookstore has been an ongoing partner.

"I've been in this position for three years and have collaborated with Written Words on a variety of events," she said. "It's just been a nice connection, between the schools and the community."

Other contest sponsors include the Shelton Herald, Bring the Hoopla, the Shelton Library System, Friends of the Shelton Libraries, Shapels Learning Center, Entertainment Cinemas and Bic.

Here are the two story prompts students can choose from:

  • A bicycle and helmet are submerged in the Housatonic River by the Riverwalk. How did it get there?
  • A flower arrangement mysteriously disappeared from outside a shop on Howe Avenue. What happened to it?

The stories can be handwritten or typed, and the kindergartners can even draw their stories.

The word count requirements are 50 to 100 words for the kindergartners and first-graders, 100 to 300 for second- through fourth-graders, 300 to 500 for fifth- and sixth-graders, and 500 to 750 for seventh- through 12th-graders.

All entries must include name, age, grade and name of school, and must be submitted to the student's reading consultant by Friday.

There will be one winner for each of the four divisions, and winners will be chosen Dec. 1. The prize details are still being ironed out, White said.

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