3rd Annual Animal Services Tails of Hope Short Story Writing Contest

2023 Contest Winners

Back in May we asked our community to write a short story about their furry friend. We were thrilled to receive so many creative and high quality submissions and are happy to announce our top 3 winners, one from each age category:

  • The Turtle & The Coyote 2, by Isabella: 5-7 years old  
  • Storm The Dog, by Karissa: 8-10 years old
  • The Three Fish and the Plastic Monster, by Aania: 11-12 years old

Young authors received a professionally published copy of their story and 4 large compilation books were created to highlight the top 23 entries. 2 compilation books will be in circulation at the Pickering Public Library, while 1 will remain at the Pickering Animal Shelter and at HiFive Kids Dental & Braces. We encourage the community to stop into each of the locations to read these talented authors stories.  

Congratulations to all of our young authors!

Here are the top 3 stories, one from each age category. Participants are shown below. 

Short Story Writing Contest Participants


A big thank you to Hifive Kids Dental & Braces and the Pickering Town Centre for sponsoring this initiative.

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2023 Participants

Photo Gallery: AS 2023 Short Story Contest will appear here on the public site.