Submit Your Story

Enter the “Tell Your Tale” Short Story Contest
presented by The UPS Store®

"Tell Your Tale" - A Short Story Contest

Tell Your Tale
A rendering of The UPS Store 2020 Rose Parade float design. Download a printable version.

The UPS Store and the Toys for Tots Literacy Program encourage young writers to share their story in an epic contest.

To enter: Write a story inspired by The UPS Store 2020 Rose Parade float with a theme of community and hope. Children ages 5 to 17 are eligible to write and submit a short story (not to exceed 1,000 words) before the October 6 deadline. Official Rules.

The UPS Store float, “Stories Change Our World,” is centered on this year’s Tournament of Roses parade theme, “The Power of Hope,” as our float features an endangered species of tamarin monkeys in community with a pair of toucans, salamanders and parrots.

Up to five winners will be rewarded with a $1,000 scholarship and $10,000 worth of Scholastic books to their schools or non-profit organizations of their choice.

The winners’ stories will also be printed in a special anthology children's book, of which 10,000 copies will be handed out at the Post Parade event at the 2020 Tournament of Roses.

Winners will be announced in mid-December.

Enter Your Child's Submission

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Enter story here (Up to 1,000 words)

To enter by mail:
Print, complete and mail the submission form and an original story to:
The UPS Store Public Relations Department
6060 Cornerstone Court West, San Diego, CA 92121.
Submissions need to be postmarked by Saturday, October 5, 2019 and received by October 11, 2019. Click here to download the submission form.

The UPS Store network has raised more than $5.1 million and distributed over 41 million books to help children thrive since the Toys for Tots Literacy Program began. Each locally owned and operated The UPS Store location will be accepting book donations through the end of the year.

For more information about the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, click here.

Download full rules here.