And the 2016 Winners Are...

A young Tiger and Dinosaur play all day and wreck the house. A small acorn named Bob finds a new home with the help of friends. Freckles the Dog takes a drive.

And we learn how important school is once you become an adult.
These delightful, imaginative plotlines are from just a few of the winning stories from WTVP-Public Media’s 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest.
WTVP is pleased to announce our local winners and honorable mentions. Click on the book cover to read each story.

2016 First Place Winners


2016 Second Place Winners


2016 Third Place Winners


2016 Honorable Mention Winners


Local winners and their families were treated to a party in the WTVP Studio where they received prizes including books, writing journals and a special t-shirt announcing them as a writing super hero. Every entrant received an official Certificate of Achievement.

WTVP congratulates all our entrants for their superb stories. And whether you enter with a class or on your own, be sure to watch next winter for another contest. We’re looking forward to reading your story!


In Memory of Stacey Tomczyk

This year’s contest will be dedicated to the memory of Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Programmer and the driving force behind this special annual celebration, who passed away April 30. “Stacey was particularly effective with children’s projects – she spoke their language and had a way of communicating with them that was a joy to behold,” said WTVP President and CEO Moss Bresnahan. “She had a wonderful spirit and will remain a part of us all forever.”
Mary Heinemann
For more information contact:
Mary Heinemann | 309-495-0595
Mary.heinemann@wtvp.org for more information.