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PBS KIDS Writers Contest

PBS 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.

While the national contest is on hiatus this year, Vegas PBS is proud to continue the tradition locally, providing prizes and recognition to the top three winners in each grade level.

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 commence 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, all sponsored by Mrs. Janice Allen. 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.  

The deadline for entries is Friday, April 7, 2017 at 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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