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Writers Contest

The Community Idea Stations (WCVE PBS and WHTJ PBS), along with Ready To Learn, presented the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.

“The Community Idea Stations are committed to providing fun opportunities for area kids to express their creativity,” said Trish Reed, Ready To Learn Coordinator. “The PBS KIDS Writers Contest helps children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”

Listen to the stories read by the 2014 winning authors. Click on the Play button to begin or click on the Playlist link in the video player to jump to a video:

How the Contest Works
Beginning on January 1, 2014, children in our viewing area submitted their entries to the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The Community Idea Stations selected local winners and awarded prizes in April of 2014.

The local 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 2014 and the winning stories will be featured on

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.

More PDF Resources
Brainstorming Activity | Get Ready To Write | Story Revision Checklist | Write This! Excersise