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WCTE is launching the PBS KIDS Writers Contest, a national competition designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The effort encourages children in grades K-3 in the Upper Cumberland and communities across the country, to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

2015 winners!

1st Place:  “The Great Adventure of Oreoshi and Cheezy by Kaylee Dement
2nd Place:  “Me and the Dinosaur World” by Emmett West
3rd Place:  “The Princess and the Frog” by Emma Kate Black
Illustrator:  “How to Skate” by Kaitlyn Amber
First Grade
1st Place:  “Stanpede” by Jack Blaylock
2nd Place:  “Grumble Volcano” by Will McCrary   
Illustrator:    “Stanpede” by Jack Blaylock                          
Second Grade
1st Place:  “Oh Brother!” by Luke Blaylock
2nd Place:  “The Three Girls with Powers” by Lily Harville
3rd Place:  “My Life with a Cow” by Shannon Anderson
Illustrator:  “The Sea” by Gracie Lee
Third Grade
1st Place:  “The Ghost of Sugardale” by Stone Copas
2nd: Place:  “Magic the Hero” by Daisie Holder                     
3rd Place:  “A Home for Two Cats” by Elizabeth Wright     
Illustrator:   “The Ghost of Sugardale” by Stone Copas

Enter now!

Download Entry Form & Rules:

Icon 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest Entry Form PBS (139.5 KB)

  • PBS Writing Contest is the Largest Annual National Contest of its kind targeted to kids K-3rd grades
  • for online information and to view the winning stories from the 2014 Contest
  • Awards will be given to the Librarian and Teacher that turn in highest % of stories
  • Teacher resources from PBS LearningMedia and a new partnership with Highlights for Kids Magazine
  • A celebration for all winners and their families will be held when the National winners are announced

For more info call Reggie Brown at 931-528-2222 ext. 227 or email.

Download Brainstorming Activity Sheets

Icon PBS Kids Writer Contest Activity Sheets (8.2 MB)

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules

Icon 2015 PBS Kids Writers Contest Rules (344.8 KB)

Eligibility & Entry Guidelines

  • Entrants must be children in kindergarten, first, second or third grade.
  • Children of employees of PBS, PBS stations or their affiliates, sales representatives, subsidiaries or parent companies, advertising/sales promotion agencies, and judges are not eligible.
  • To be eligible, an entrant must be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States and D.C. (excluding Puerto Rico, USVI and American Samoa).  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify ineligible entries; such entries will not be returned.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted in this Contest; all subsequent entries will be disqualified.
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories). 
  • Stories can be fact or fiction, and prose or poetry.
  • Any failure to adhere to these Contest Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest.
  • No purchase is necessary. Many will enter, few will win.

Word Count Requirement

  • Kindergarten and first grade stories must have a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 200 words.
  • Second and third grade stories must have a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 350 words.
  • The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the,” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those that enhance the illustrations.
  • Text must be printed or written legibly or typed.
  • Children who cannot write may dictate their story to be printed, written legibly or typed.
  • Text may be integrated into the illustration pages or on separate pages.
  • Non-English text must be translated on the same page and the translated text (English text) must adhere to word count.
  • Invented spelling is accepted.

Format & Illustrations

  • Stories must have at least 5 original, clear and colorful illustrations.
  • Original art can include drawings, collages, and 3-D created by the author or photographs taken by the author.
  • Stories submitted by mail must be created on one side of the paper and numbered on the back of each page.

Official Entry Form

  • Each entry must include the official PBS KIDS Writers Contest Entry Form, with the required signature of a parent/guardian (and, if appropriate, the optional signature of the sponsoring teacher), consenting to allowing their child/ward to enter the Contest, confirming that the story and art are original, and granting certain rights to the entry materials.
  • The entry form must be complete and legible to be eligible.
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