Calling All Kids: Story to Stage Writing Contest with Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Story to Stage Writing Contest - text and image featuring Danny the Dragon puppet mascot

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo and the San José Public Library have partnered to present our first joint writing contest, Story to Stage. This Spring, help Happy Hollow Park & Zoo find a new story to add to their puppet theater!

March 1 - April 12

Write an original story about Danny the Dragon, the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo mascot. The winner will be recognized at Happy Hollow on Saturday, May 11, 2019 and their story will become the inspiration for a brand new puppet show at Happy Hollow’s Puppet Castle Theater.

Submissions are accepted between March 1 and April 12, 2019.

Stories can be submitted in person at Happy Hollow, at any San José Public Library branch, or online.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Open to fifth graders and below (San José residents and/or Happy Hollow members.)
  • Must be an original story. (Stories cannot be inspired by characters or plots from movies, television or books.)
  • Up to one page in length or less.
  • Up to six characters in the story.
  • Must be child's original ideas in their own words. Adults can help write, but no need to edit or correct grammar.
  • Consider submitting a photocopy that is an accurate reflection of the original (as submissions are non-returnable).


  • 1st Place: Story will be adapted to the stage for the Puppet Theater Castle, tickets to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, certificate of achievement & a Danny the Dragon Plush Toy
  • 2nd Place: Danny the Dragon Plush Toy, certificate of achievement
  • 3rd Place: Danny the Dragon Plush Toy, certificate of achievement

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will take place at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The top three stories will be read to an audience and prizes will be awarded to the storytellers.

For more information, visit the Happy Hollow website, contact the San José Early Education Deparment at:, or download the flier below.

Story to Stage Writing Contest flyer


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