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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 encouraging kids to use their unique voices and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories, 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.  Students 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.  

Check back soon for contest rules and entry forms.

Writers Contest


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