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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.

2014 Writer's Contest Winners

Grade 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Kindergarten Talia Augustine of Conway
"The Three Friends"
Kylie Woodworth of Harrison
"Baby Choking"
Tyler McMahen of Harrison
"Baby Goats - Too Big!"
1st Grade Kall'el Houston of Little Rock
"Super Circle Saves Shapeville"
Kolby Stoner of Rogers
"How My Dad Works"
Jacquelyn Cuellar of Nashville
"The Day at the Circus"
2nd Grade Hailey Emerson of Mena
"Bird and Worm"
Jameel Wesley,II of Maumelle
"James Learns the Game"
Michael McLean of Booneville
"The Best Story You Ever Read Because it's Written by Me"
3rd Grade Mabel Wise of Rogers
"Cloudy and the Busy Street"
Kaleb Young of Batesville
"The Adventures of Captain Cross"
Patrick Gentry of Hensley