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Writers Contest

Do you have a young writer with a story to tell? Would you like to encourage some creative writing with a real purpose? Here is your chance! The Community Idea Stations, Ready To Learn and Virginia 529 College Savings Plan would like to invite all kindergarteners through third graders to join the fun by creating their own stories and taking part in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

The contest begins on January 5, 2015. All entries must be received by March 20, 2015.

Download the rules and entry forms.


New This Year: Classroom Sweepstakes
A new addition to the contest this year is the Classroom Sweepstakes. Each classroom with five or more PBS KIDS Writers Contest entries may enter a drawing to win a classroom set of Arthur books and a visit from Arthur. Download the The Classroom Sweepstakes Entry Form and rules.


PBS Kids Writers Contest 2014 National Winner
In 2014, we had a national winner for the PBS Kids Writers Contest at the second grade level, Michelle K. Watch her read her story and answer some questions about the writing process.


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 5, 2015, children in our viewing area can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The Community Idea Stations will select local winners and awarded prizes in April of 2015.

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 2015 and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

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