2019 Quangle-Wangle Story Contest

Kindly sponsored by Aishling Forest School, Tola New York & Copper Beech


Elizabeth wears the Quangle Wangle Hat to present the 2018 awards.

Elizabeth wears the Quangle Wangle Hat to present the 2018 awards.

2019 CONTEST challenge

Create A Crazy Creature

Bring your creature to life with words and drawings, the craziest the better. We want to know all about their wild and whacky adventures!

wh0 can enter

Children - kindergarten through 6th grade.



4-7 year olds
8-12 year olds



Your original short story about A Crazy Creature can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry or illustrated text. It must have a beginning, middle & end. Maximum length is 500 words or three pages of illustrations. Invented spelling is accepted. All work must be your own.



Last entry: Midnight, July 13th.

Ask an adult to email your entry to contest@bellportchildrensfestival.com or drop off at South Country Library or Brookhaven Free Library. Remember to include your name, age and contact details of an adult (email is preferable).



Shortlisted entries will be read by our panel of outstanding judges. Judges will be announced soon.



Winners will be announced and admired amidst much ballyhoo during our Quangle Wangle Awards Ceremony at Bellport Children’s Festival on July 20th, 2019.

Prizes kindly donated by Aishling Forest School & TOLA of Bellport.

Winners and runners-up will also receive a special award, have their work bound in a permanent collection at Brookhaven Free Library and have their work published our website. 

All entries will be displayed at the Brookhaven Free Library through November for the community to enjoy.

Writing & illustrating Tips

Think about the 5 ‘Ws’ – Who, What, Where, Why and When. Plot a beginning, middle and end. Prepare a wild first draft, edit your work to make it better, then proof-read your work to make it shine. Keep an eye on the deadline. Submit!

Meet our FINE Judges

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Tamson Weston is co-author of the Ada Lace books with Emily Calandrelli, founder of Tamson Weston Books, and an editor with over 20 years experience. She has worked on many acclaimed and award-winning books for children of all ages at several prestigious publishing houses including HarperCollins, Houghton Miffling Harcourt and Disney Hyperion. Visit her at www.tamsonweston.com.


Amy Brennan is Director of Elementary Education, South Country Central School District.

Vist her at @brennanamy

who is the quangle-wangle?

The Quangle-Wangle is an elderly friend of Violet, Slingsby, Guy and Lionel, who appear in The Story Of The Four Little Children Who Went Round The World,’ (ch.2 of A Book of Nonsense), by children’s writer, Edward Lear.

He is known for steering the boat, hurling pumpkins, playing an Accordion and sitting “with his head in his slipper for at least a week.” And here is his marvelous hat.