Your Chance to Create and Tell Stories!

The Once Upon A Nation Frances Delmar Future Storyteller Contest!

Calling All Future Storytellers!

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is looking for the next generation of storytellers! For more than a decade, Historic Philadelphia, Inc.'s award-winning Once Upon A Nation Storytelling program has transported adults and children alike back in time with true stories of Philadelphia's past.

And now it's your chance to create and tell your stories!

Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to write and submit a story on the theme - "My History Hero or Heroine." Thirteen winners will be selected for a special storytelling experience in Historic Philadelphia on Saturday, August 5.

Tell us a story about your History Hero or Heroine!

Your History Hero or Heroine can be from any time or place - write a story which brings them to life!

  • What did this person look like?
  • What important event changed their life?
  • Why is this person important?
  • Why do YOU admire this Hero or Heroine?
  • How can your story make everyone want to know more about him/her?

Story Guidelines:

  • Stories can be 50 - 200 words, or no more than 1 handwritten or typewritten page
  • Cite the sources used for your research
  • Include a photo of yourself holding a picture of your History Hero/Heroine

Submit your stories to by Monday, July 10, for your chance to win this one-of-a-kind experience!

Winners and their parents/guardians will be invited to Philadelphia on
Saturday, August 5, to share their stories with the public at a
Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Bench!