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PBS KIDS Writers Contest

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is the largest annual writing competition of its kind for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.  In addition to providing an outlet for Southern Nevada children to explore their imagination and express their creativity, the PBS KIDS Writers Contest helps families and teachers use creative writing as a literacy building skill.  Vegas PBS receives over 1,000 stories annually, and in 2014, was pleased to honor local second grade student, Oniana B., as a national first place winner.

Grade levels are judged separately by a panel of qualified professionals, based on originality, creative expression, storytelling technique, illustrations, and overall impression. The competition begins in January 2017 and will conclude with an awards ceremony at Vegas PBS in May 2017, in which awardees will learn their placements.  The top three winners in each grade level will receive a trophy, framed enlargements of their work, and additional reading and writing resources. First place winners also receive a scholarship to attend the Southern Nevada Writing Project’s summer writing camp, allowing students to enhance their talents under the guidance of skilled educators who possess a passion for teaching writing.  

While the national contest is on hiatus this year, Vegas PBS is proud to continue the tradition locally through a sponsorship by Janice Allen. Janice started writing as a small child, even producing a neighborhood newspaper while she was in grade school and writing a three-act play at the age of nine. Later, she worked at the Evening Review-Journal—which became the Las Vegas Review Journal—and had a career writing articles for national magazines, including Ladies' Home Journal, and working in television and radio production. Janice always has been passionate about sponsoring the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, and has done so for three years. Janice truly demonstrates the heart of philanthropy and we thank her for her continued support!

The deadline for entries is Friday, April 7, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.  All entries must be accompanied by an official entry form signed by a parent/guardian.  Stories can be mailed or hand delivered to Vegas PBS at:

3050 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121

Rules and Entry Forms

Writers Contest

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