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"The Vertebrate Zoo" by Kaylee Grace CrowWriters Contest 2013

Dust off those imaginations and get those story ideas flowing… It’s time for WTVP’s PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST 2013!

The Contest is open to kids in Kindergarten through Third Grade, and local prizes are awarded by WTVP in each grade level. First place winners will also be sent on to the national level of competition where they will compete with other winning entries from PBS stations across the country for fame, glory and fabulous prizes including mp3 players, e-readers and tablet computers!

"A Magical Start" by Ella HutnakEntries can be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose and must contain at least five illustrations. Artwork can include drawings, photos (taken by the child), collages, 3-D …anything goes as long as it is the original work of the child.

Stories will be judged at individual grade levels by a panel of judges that includes local teachers, librarians and various professionals. All winners will have their works published on the WTVP website and be treated to a party and prizes in the WTVP Studio. All entrants will receive a special Certificate of Achievement.

The contest officially opens on January 7, 2013, and entries are due to the station by 5:00 p.m. on March 27! Need inspiration? Check out last year’s winning stories right here. And watch PBS KIDS GO! weekday afternoons starting at 3 on WTVP.

Remember, entering is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Write and illustrate your own story

  2. Download and complete the entry form. [English] [Spanish]

  3. Mail or deliver your story and signed entry form to WTVP by
    Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

"I’m a Mammal, Just Like You" by Ava CashdollarWe’re looking forward to reading your story!

Take a look at the 2012 Contest Winners Books.

Contest Rules:

  • One entry per child

  • Single-author stories only

  • Story must be original work of the child

  • Original art can include drawings, collages, 3-D and/or photos taken by the author

  • Use only one side of the paper

  • Number each page on the back

  • Text must be printed/written legibly or typed

  • Children who can’t write yet may dictate their story to an adult

  • Invented spelling is accepted

  • Story text may be on pages with illustrations or on separate pages

  • Word count includes “a” “an” “the” but not words on non-story pages (e.g. title page) or those that enhance illustration.

Download Complete Rules: [English] [Spanish]

Creative Writing Resources: “A Rainbow with No Color” by Ella Calhoun


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 Take a look at winning stories from previous years on the following pages: 

[2005]  [2006]  [2007]  [2008]  [2009]  [2010]  [2011]  [2012]


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