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Submission Guidelines:

A fable is a very short story that teaches a lesson. In our definition of fable, there are two characters: a wise guy and a naive guy. The naive guy loses to the wise guy, and learns a lesson in the process. To write a fable for this category, you will need the following elements:

An animal pair.

A conflict between them.

A resolution to the conflict.

A truth learned by the naive animal as a result of the wise animal's actions.

While you can certainly write a fable outside these parameters, this is a very structured category with specific requirements. If you find yourself writing a very different kind of fable, maybe you could submit it as a short story in that category.

Fables should be between 250 and 1000 words. Fables must be typed in 12 point font, double spaced, and printed on one side of the paper. One page of 12 point font, double spaced, roughly translates to 250 words, so we're looking for between 1 and 4 pages. Aesop told most of his in less than a page! Entries should be stapled, entry form clipped to the front, and your name should appear on every sheet of paper you submit. Illustrations are optional. If you illustrate your story, include the pictures in the sheaf you staple together, but please put each on a separate sheet of paper.

Teaching This Genre:

Here are a few familiar fables that follow the format above:

The Mouse and the Bull
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Fox and the Crow
The Fox and the Stork
The Grasshopper and the Ants
The North Wind and the Sun

Here are a few suggestions for animal pairs that might inspire your child to write a fable:

The Goose and the Wren
The Fly and the Butterfly
The Snail and the Cheetah
The Bee and the Bear
The Horse and the Donkey
The Monkey and the Sloth

Here's an online collection of Aesop's Fables.

2008 Finalists:

3rd - 6th Grade
Joel L., "The Bear and The Donkey".
Rebecca W., "The Bear Cub and The Meat Bee.".
Aidan P., "The Sloth and The Loon".
7th-9th Grade
Madison V., "Marcus and The Butterfly".
Wesley W., "The Butterfly and The Moth".
Micah L., "The Swan and The Duck".
10th - 12th Grade
Vienna H., "The Rabbit Who Thought She Was Perfect".
Camille M., "The Fable Of Mabel".
Charity W., "The Huter and The Quail - Retold".

For 2008 results, look at our winners page.