PBS KIDS GO Writers Contest

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Blog by Ranan Dawkins

Attention young writers! Grab your pen and paper and start writing. Now is the time for KBTC public television’s annual PBS KIDS GO! This writing contest is for kids in kindergarten through third grade. The contest a fun way to promote improvement in children’s literacy skills. “KBTC is committed to providing fun opportunities for western Washington kids to express their creativity,” said Susan Barbeau, KBTC’s Education & Outreach Associate. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest helps Washington children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”  The contest is open now through March 31. The local winners will be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries. The national winners will receive prizes, including tablets, e-readers, and MP3 players. Winners will be announced during the summer of 2013 and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writercontest. Don’t wait to enter, you might just be the next Dr. Seuss!

Here’s How the Contest Works

  1. Write and illustrate an original story. Kindergarten and 1st grade stories, must be between 50 and 200 words. 2nd and 3rd grades stories must be between 100 and 350 words. All stories must have at least 5 illustrations. Family, friends, and teachers can help.
  2. Print the rules and entry form. Have a parent or guardian fill it out and sign the contest entry form. Contest rules and entry form are available on the kbtc.org web site.
  3. Send us your story. Be sure to include the entry form. You can send it in the mail or bring it by KBTC Monday-Friday between 8am and 5pm. All mailed entries must be post marked by March 31, 2013. Mailing address:

KBTC Public Television

Attn: Writers Contest

2320 South 19th St

 Tacoma, WA98405


National PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Honorary Judges

A panel of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as the honorary judges for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. The 2013 honorary judges include names like Lisa Henson, Jeff Kinney, Kate Klimo, Jarrett Krosoczka, Susan Meddaugh and R.L. Stine.

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