Entrants must be in kindergarten, first, second or third grade.
Only one entry per person will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified.
Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
Stories can be fact or fiction, and prose or poetry.
Kindergarten and first grade stories: minimum of 50 words, maximum of 200 words.
Second and third grade stories: minimum of 100 words, maximum of 350 words.
Children who cannot write may dictate their story to be printed, written legibly or typed.
Text may be integrated into the illustration pages or on separate pages.
Non-English text must be translated on the same page and the translation text must adhere to word count.
Invented spelling is accepted.
Stories must have at least five original, clear and colorful illustrations.
Original art can include drawings, photographs, collages, and 3-D.
Stories must be created on one side of the paper and numbered on the back of each page.