Annual Writer's Contest Now Open
1:56 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Calling K-3rd Grade Authors

All children in grades kindergarten through third are invited to enter the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning.  Sponsored by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, this contest empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories. 

“West Virginia Public Broadcasting is committed to providing fun opportunities for West Virginia kids to express their creativity,” said Debbie Oleksa, education coordinator. “The PBS KIDS Writers Contest helps children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”

How the Contest Works

Between now and March 31, children all of West Virginia’s 55 counties can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. West Virginia Public Broadcasting will select local winners and award prizes including in the spring 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

The national winners will receive prizes courtesy of national sponsor, LeapFrog®, makers of the LeapReader® Reading & Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children®. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo. 

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. 

Download contest rules here.

Download entry form here.

Remember, the deadline is March 31, 2014!

For more information:

Debbie Oleksa (304-284-1455) or Jasmine Eckenroad (304-284-1497).