AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest partners with PBS stations nationwide and empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy by writing and illustrating their own stories.

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

The contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. AETN is pleased to congratulate the Arkansas winners and share PBS KIDS’ commitment to opening up worlds of words for all young children across the state and the nation.



AETN Announces the 2018 Writer's Contest Winners

It was a record setting year for the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest with more than 330 entries! Competition was fierce, but our judges prevailed. The contest is the largest annual writing competition of its kind for children in kindergarten through third grade. In addition to providing an outlet for Arkansas children to explore their imagination and express their creativity, the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest helps families and teachers use creative writing as a literacy building skill.

Grade levels were judged separately by a panel of qualified professionals, based on originality, creative expression, storytelling technique, illustrations and overall impression. Winners receive an AETN prize pack and the top three winners in each grade level will also receive a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad which comes preloaded with music, games and videos.

Thanks to all the young writers, their families, schools and communities who support their creativity and talent!

2018 Writer's Contest Winners

Grade 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Kindergarten Holden Dunn of North Little Rock
"The Magic Flashlight"
Spencer Lowe of Mayflower
"My Sister's Super Power is a Rainbow"
Bennett Green of Maumelle
"Sam's Super Power"
1st Grade Ariq Huq of Conway
"The Animal Restaurant"
Sydney Rogers of El Dorado
"Cilia Sees Again"
Haden Rogers of Harrison
"The Adventurous Dog"
2nd Grade Josiah Williams of El Dorado
"I Wish (A Snail’s Tale)"
Brooklyn Witherow of Sherwood
"A Rough Road to the Top"
Evie Fulmer of Conway
"First Day of Being A Tooth Fairy"
3rd Grade Hunter Rogers of Harrison
"Frank the Frog
Olivia Wright of Springdale
"Baking with Gigi
Khylee Houston of Little Rock
"Athena Gets into Trouble"


2017 Writer's Contest Winners

Grade 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Kindergarten Jayce Carter of Little Rock
"Fish Friends"
Campbell Beazley of Little Rock
"Grab the Moon"
Madeline Smeds of Little Rock
"The Princess and the Bowling Ball"
1st Grade Hailey Shelton of Lonoke
"The Lost Girl"
Brooklyn Witherow of Little Rock
"Two Friends Are Better Than One"
Nadia Ali of Cabot
"Mr. Snaggletooth and the Missing Orange Mystery"
2nd Grade Ashley Carter of Little Rock
"Milo the Magnificent Dragon"
Sophia LaPlant of Rogers
"The Strange Chicken"
Allie Garrett of Austin
"The Shade Cloud"
3rd Grade Ryker Schmidt of Bentonville
"Never Happily Ever After
Jana Abdin of Little Rock
"The Haunted Emerald Castle
Lula Stephens of Vilonia
"The Little Girl vs. the Big Crack"


2016 Writer's Contest Winners

Grade 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Kindergarten Aiyah Miller of Little Rock
"The Girl Who Didn't Brush Her Hair"
Yahya Sridjajamerta of Fayetteville
"The Police"
Charlotte Shelton of Lonoke
"Hiccup Saves the Day"
1st Grade Jordan Murray of Conway
"Phil the Skunk"
Ashley Carter of Little Rock
"The Magical Dress"
Raney Martensen of Little Rock
"A Cat Went Fishing"
2nd Grade Aleksandra Bogan of Little Rock
"Magic Tent"
Jessica Liao of Fayetteville
"Jessica Moving to Arkansas"
Neelie Kindt of Hot Springs
"The Beautiful Egg"
3rd Grade Keynes Wright of Bentonville
"Boy in the Island
Allison Walker of Benton
"Where Is Bella?
Jaidyn Moy of Bentonville
"Attack of Candy City"


2015 Writer's Contest Winners

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 Kingston
"Violet and the River Lesson"
2nd Grade Isabella Nguyen of Little Rock
"Be Yourself"
Abby 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"


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
"Norman"
Last Updated 11 Jan 2017