FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 30th, 2012
WTVP ANNOUNCES ANNUAL PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST
– Central Illinois Kids in Grades K-3 Encouraged to Submit Original Stories –
Peoria, IL, November 30, 2012 – Today, WTVP-Public Media announced its annual
PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, designed to promote the
advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest, made possible
in part by financial support from Easy Student Publishing encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate
creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.
“WTVP is committed to providing fun opportunities for Central Illinois area kids to express
their creativity,” said Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest
helps Central Illinois children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”
How the Contest Works
Beginning January 7, 2013, children in Central Illinois can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS GO!
Writers Contest. WTVP will select local winners and award prizes to first-, second- and third-place
entries in each grade level during a party at the WTVP Studio in the spring of 2013. All winning stories
will be featured on the WTVP website for the world to see.
The local first-place winners will then be entered into the national contest where a panel
of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced during the summer of
2013 and the winning stories will be featured on
The national winners will receive prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players.
Additionally, Highlights for Children has joined the Contest as a new promotional partner and all
participants will have the option to receive a print or digital version of Highlights magazine.
PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Honorary Judges
A panel of America's foremost children's authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary
judges for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. The 2013 honorary judges include:
Lisa Henson: As Chief Executive Officer of The Jim Henson Company, Henson serves as
an executive producer of Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train, both currently airing daily
on PBS KIDS, and Pajanimals, a musical puppet series airing daily on Sprout.
Jeff Kinney: As a New York Times bestselling author, online game developer and
designer, Kinney has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. His
seventh book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, is the biggest print book of 2012. His book series
has over 83 million in print worldwide, translated into more than 40 languages. He spent his childhood in the
Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife
and their two sons.
Kate Klimo: As Vice President and Publisher of the Random House/Golden Books Group, she
has been responsible for extending the Seuss brand into new formats including board and novelty books, and
publishing non-fiction celebrations of Dr. Seuss's life and works. Klimo has nearly 30 years of experience at
Random House; more than 15 of them spent working on All Things Seuss. She is also the production executive
of The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! Kate is the author of many books for young readers,
including 12 titles in the Cat in the Hat's Learning Library series. She has also written for young adults
(The Centauriad Series) and has a new series for children, Dog Diaries, launching in January
Jarrett Krosoczka: Two-time winner of the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
in the Children’s Choice Book Awards, author and illustrator for sixteen published books – ten picture
books and six graphic novels. He has seen his work recommended by national publications like Newsweek,
The New York Times and USA Today. His Punk Farm and Lunch Lady series are also in
development to be feature films.
Susan Meddaugh: Author and illustrator of Martha Speaks, the best-selling
book series, as well as a creative producer of the award-winning PBS KIDS series of the same name.
Susan grew up in New Jersey, studied art and illustration, and now lives in Massachusetts with her family
— including her dogs of course.
R.L. Stine: As one of the best-selling children's authors in history, he has sold over
350 million books that have been read all over the world including Goosebumps - one of the best-selling
children’s series of all-time. R.L. lives in New York City with his wife Jane and his dog Minnie.
Creative Writing Resources
The Contest is supported by a robust set of resources for children, parents and teachers. Story ideas,
activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries are available on the Contest website to inspire
children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia
is also offering a collection of online teacher resources
for use in classrooms nationwide.
To enter the Contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit
Through broadcast and services, WTVP has been serving the communities of Central Illinois since 1971. Now
on the Internet, WTVP provides quality educational content to the world. WTVP and
wtvp.org—Public Media for Central Illinois.
About PBS KIDS GO!
PBS KIDS GO! offers early elementary children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through
television, online and community-based programs. Join our community online on
Twitter and Facebook,
or visit PBSKIDSGO.org.
About Easy Student Publishing
Meet writing standards and motivate students using book-making tools and resources from Easy Student Publishing.
With Classbook and Storybook options, free programs, online or mail-in production and expert resources, we have
publishing solutions designed for educators. Enhance curriculum, support literacy and promote creativity. Every
student can be a published author!
About Highlights for Children, Inc. (www.Highlights.com)
Devoted to "Fun with a Purpose," family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. has helped children become
their best selves for generations. Its flagship publication, Highlights magazine, the most recognizable
and widely read children's magazine in the nation, has printed more than a billion copies. Other Highlights
offerings include a version for younger children, High Five magazine; a new magazine for babies and
their caregivers, Highlights Hello magazine; Highlights for Children book clubs; and mobile applications
like My First Hidden Pictures. Highlights can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at its blog
for thoughtful parents, Highlights Aha. Corporate offices are in Columbus, Ohio, and editorial offices are in
Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Fun with a Purpose, Goofus and Gallant, and Hidden Pictures are trademarks of
Highlights for Children, Inc.
For further information contact Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Promotiion Director,
(309) 495-0594 or email@example.com
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