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PBS Kids Writers Contest

AETN and PBS KIDS have kicked off the 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest; a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations. AETN will judge local submissions and send the first place winners from each grade to the national contest for a chance to win prizes. Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations.

Each Arkansas entrant will receive a participation certificate, and 12 winners – three from each grade – will receive an AETN prize pack. In addition, first place winners will be given the opportunity for Clifford the Big Red Dog to visit their school or for their class to tour the AETN studios in Conway.

Here you will find downloadable brainstorming activities and resources to help your child break down the process of story writing, along with contest rules and entry form. Deadline for entries is Friday, April 10, 2015.

Story ideas and activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries, are available to inspire children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia is also offering a collection of online resources for parents and educators that teaches students the elements of story writing.

To help students start to form ideas for potential stories, download and print the following worksheets. The activities letter outlines the steps to help students get started with easy to follow objectives.

2015 Writer's Contest Winners

AETN is pleased to announce winners of the 2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. AETN received more than 130 entries from students across Arkansas for this year's contest. All first place Arkansas winners have been entered in the national PBS KIDS Writers Contest where they will compete against other state winners from across the country. National winners will be announced in July. Entries were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. Each Arkansas entrant received a participation certificate, and 12 winners – three from each grade – will receive an AETN prize pack. In addition, first place winners have the opportunity for Clifford the Big Red Dog to visit their school or for their class to tour the AETN studios in Conway.

Grade 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Kindergarten Daniel Koshy of Bryant
"Can I Keep Him?: Dan and Slider"
Aliza Ahouse of Morrilton
"Crazyland"
Uriah Fife of Drasco
"Dirt Bikes Rock"
1st Grade Cora Henry of Little Rock
"The Mouse Who Couldn't Find A House"
Abid Asif of Little Rock
"Super Baby To The Rescue"
Ava Wigger of Huntsville
"Violet and the River Lesson"
2nd Grade Isabella Nguyen of Little Rock
"Be Yourself"
Abbey Rose Chenault of North Little Rock
"Mia The Monster Mermaid"
Johnna Hardin of Jonesboro
"The Toothfairy's Day Off"
3rd Grade Kaeton Kirk of Star City
"Spark's Firery Adventure"
Kaylee Hardin of Jonesboro
"The Magical Peppermint"
Kenzie Daniels of Mena
"The Adventure of Rosie Raindrop"