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2018 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Calling Arkansas writers, authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers in grades K-3! We’re accepting entries now through Friday, April 6, for the 2018 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

Created to promote children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning, the PBS KIDS Writers Contest empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories.

PBS KIDS Playtime Pad

Everyone who enters the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest will receive a participation certificate, and 12 winners – three from each grade – will receive an AETN prize pack.

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Even more exciting? First place winners from each grade will win a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad, which comes preloaded with educational games, music and videos.

Looking for a little guidance and inspiration? All of our 2017 winning stories, as well as 2018 contest rules, creative writing resources and entry forms, are available at aetn.org/writerscontest. Additional information is available by emailing marketing@aetn.org.

HOW TO ENTER:

Arkansas students may submit stories by mail to AETN until Friday, April 6.

Winners will be announced in May and featured on aetn.org/writerscontest. For your convenience, you can download and print the Contest Rules and Contest Entry Form.

Children’s stories may be fact, fiction, prose or poetry. Only one entry will be allowed per person, and stories must be by a single author. Kindergarten and first grade stories must have a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 200 words. Second and third grade stories must have a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 350 words.

Text must be printed, written legibly or typed. Children who cannot write may dictate their story to be printed, written legibly or typed. Stories must have at least five original, clear and colorful illustrations. Non-English text must be translated on the same page, and the translated text (English text) must adhere to the word count. Original art can include drawings, collages and 3D art or photographs taken by the author.

AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest entries will be judged on:

  • Originality
  • Creative Expression
  • Storytelling
  • Integration of Text and Illustrations
  • Entries, including an official signed entry form, must be submitted by mail to: AETN – Writers Contest, 350 S. Donaghey, Conway, AR 72034. Entries must be received by close of business Friday, April 6. Winners will be chosen in May and featured on aetn.org/writerscontest.

    We can’t wait to hear the stories your little authors dream up, so encourage them to get started today!

    ENTER NOW:

    Entries must be received by Friday, April 6, 2018.

    AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Information:

    Printable entry form

    Printable rules and regulations

    LEARN MORE:

    aetn.org/writerscontest