Stories for Kids by Kids!

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is looking for original stories written by kids right here in Windsor – Essex! The winning story will be re-told through music and narration at one of the Windsor Symphony’s Concerts for Kids. All rules and regulations can be found below.


  • Entrants must be between the ages of 5 – 12.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
  • Students may conference with parents, teachers, and/or peers on their work.
  • Entries can be fact or fiction.
  • Short stories and entry forms must be submitted digitally by midnight August 1st, 2020.
  • Any failure to adhere to these contest rules may result in disqualification.



  • Text should be typed. Children who cannot type may have their story typed by their parent, guardian, or sibling.
  • Invented spelling is accepted, but the intended words of the writer should be clear. Please provide an approximate phonetic pronunciation in brackets when possible. Pronunciations do not count towards word count.
  • All stories entered should include a title page that lists the title of the story and the full name of the author.
  • Stories should use no more than 10 title characters. Background groups (like towns people are not counted).
  • All fictional story characters should be original.
  • Non-fiction work based on research should include a list of the sources used.
  • The WSO will have artistic license to make minor adjustments to story to ensure a successful performance.


  • All stories should have a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1,000 words.
  • The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the” but not the words on non-story pages, such as the title page.
  • Pronunciations do not count toward words counts.


  • Up to two winners will be selected.
  • Results will be emailed to contestants on Friday, August 31st, 2020.