PBS KIDS Writers Contest

UNC-TV’s 2017 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Contest Guidelines — Mail In Entry Form — Winners — Contest Flyer

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Checklist — PBS KIDS Writers Contest Brainstorming Activity Booklet

3 Simple Steps To Enter:

1. Print Entry Form and read over Contest Guidelines
2. Create your original story with illustrations
3. Mail your entry form and story to us by March 31, 2017:

Attention: PBS KIDS Writers Contest
10 TW Alexander Dr.
Durham, NC 27709

Thank you to our sponsors!

The Dickson Foundation
William A. Smith Foundation

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PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Calling all writers and illustrators! This is your chance to write and illustrate an amazing story. It’s the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Our panel of judges is looking for exceptional stories from kids in Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade. So crank up your imagination and let loose that extra special story that you’ve been dreaming up all year!

January 13 - March 31, 2017, we ask you to submit your masterpiece by mail to UNC-TV. A local judging will be held at UNC-TV and we will select a first, second, and third place winner. Each contest participant will receive a Certificate of Achievement and winners will receive prizes! First and second place winners will have their stories animated on-air and online.

So kids, put on your creative caps and start working on your stories! You can also encourage your siblings and friends to submit theirs. The contest also makes an engaging classroom project for teachers and is a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to work with their little ones.

Click here to view stories from last year's local winners that have been turned into animated videos! You can also see more stories from previous years, going back to 2008, by visiting PBS KIDS Story Central. Take a look at the national winners and think about your own favorite stories. What do they have in common? It seems they all have things like:

  • a beginning, middle, and end
  • a central event like a conflict or discovery
  • characters who change or learn a lesson
  • illustrations that help tell the tale

Additional information is available by email at The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and participating local PBS member stations like UNC-TV. 

Thank you to our sponsors, the Dickson Foundation and the William A. Smith Foundation. Their support allows kids to experience the hands-on process of developing their own stories and illustrations, which builds language skills such as reading, grammar and syntax, and encourages creativity.

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