*Summer Storytelling Series*

Welcome to our Summer Storytelling Competition! We're excited to invite budding creatives to dive into their imaginations and share their stories with us.

Through this competition, we aim to spark creativity, build confidence, and celebrate the unique voices of children. Together, we can empower young minds and encourage dreamers!

Join us in inspiring imagination, creating connection, and making life magical—one story at a time.


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Grab your Surprise Stories now and Enter to Win! 

Competition Timeline:

Submissions Open: June 1
Submission Deadline: August 1
Winners Announced: September 1

Age Groups and Criteria:

Rising Preschool (and younger)
• Oral Story Submission:
• Duration: 1-3 minutes

  • Written Story Submission:
    • Length: 50-150 words

Criteria:
Simple language.
Clear beginning, middle, and end.
Use at least one Star, one Setting, and one Storyline prompt from Surprise Stories.

Rising Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
• Oral Story Submission:
• Duration: 3-5 minutes

  • Written Story Submission:
    • Length: 300-500 words

Criteria:
Basic plot development.
Simple character interactions.
Clear beginning, middle, and end.
Use at least one Star, one Setting, and one Storyline prompt from Surprise Stories.

Rising 3rd-5th Grade:
• Oral Story Submission:
• Duration: 5-7 minutes

  • Written Story Submission:
    • Length: 500-700 words

Criteria:
Developed plot.
Multiple characters.
Descriptive details.
Clear beginning, middle, and end.
Use at least one Star, one Setting, and one Storyline prompt from Surprise Stories.

Submission Guidelines:

Stories must incorporate at least one Star, one Setting, and one Storyline prompt from Surprise Stories. (There is no maximum number of cards allowed to be used to craft the stories.)

Submission Format:
Storytellers may choose to submit their stories either orally or written. See respective guidelines for both below.

Submissions should be emailed to: JESSICA@THESURPRISESTORIES.COM

SUBJECT LINE should include: ATTN: Storytelling Series: (Storyteller name, age, grade)

See video/written submission requirements below.

Video Submissions:
• Clearly show the storyteller presenting the story.
• Clearly display which Surprise Stories cards they are using for their tale.
• Include the storyteller’s name, age, grade and title of their story in the video introduction.
• Videos should be recorded in a well-lit and quiet environment for clarity.

Written Submissions:
• Include the storyteller’s name, age, grade and title of their story at the top of the document.
• Written stories should be submitted as typed documents, in the body of the email, or clear scans of handwritten stories.
• Include a photo of the storyteller clearly displaying the Surprise Stories cards they have used for their tale. 

Ensure the story’s length matches the criteria for the storyteller’s age group:
•Rising Preschool: 1-3 minutes oral or 50-150 words written.
•Rising Kindergarten-2nd Grade: 3-5 minutes oral or 300-500 words written.
•Rising grades 3-5: 5-7 minutes oral or 500-700 words written.

Evaluation Criteria:
• Creativity and originality
• Clear structure (beginning, middle, end)
• Effective use of Surprise Stories cards
• Engagement and delivery (for oral stories)

Creativity and Imagination encouraged!
The elaborate, whimsical illustrations and descriptive, captivating poetry of the cards is sure to power your imagination and add to the magic of your story.

While we require at least one Star, one Setting and one Storyline to be used from Surprise Stories… we do not have a restriction on the number of cards able to be used to craft your story.

Helpful Hints:
Surprise Stories provides 3 Information Cards, 1 per deck, that ask prompting questions to help inspire imagination, spark creativity and get the story started. Storytellers may refer to the cards throughout the storytelling process. 

The game provides 64,000 possible card combinations. The story possibilities are endless! Take your time. 

Prizes and Recognition:
Prize for Winners in Each Age Group:
• One Surprise Stories sticker
• One Surprise Stories Snuggle
• One set of 6 personalized Surprise Stories Stationary Cards
• One $50 gift card to an Surprise Stories approved, local bookstore of their choice. (We hope to further support small businesses and empower young minds beyond the competition.)

Consent for Use:
By submitting your story, in any format, participants and their guardians give Surprise Stories permission to utilize any videos, photos, written submissions, or other materials for promotional purposes on the website, social media channels, and other platforms.

Thank you for being part of our story. 

✨ Grab your Surprise Stories now and Enter to Win!