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PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Vegas PBS is accepting original story submissions for the 2018 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Stories with illustrations by students grades K-5 will be accepted. All entries must be received by Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5 p.m. to be eligible. Entries must be mailed or hand-delivered to Vegas PBS Ready To Learn, 3050 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121. The writers contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, interactive learning.

Stories will be judged on creativity and originality of plot and themes; story structure and use of literary devices; and relevance, quality and originality of illustrations.

The top three winners in each grade level will be honored at a recognition ceremony at Vegas PBS in which the awardees will learn their placements. First place winners will receive a scholarship to attend the Southern Nevada Writing Project’s Summer Youth Writing Camp, a five-day program allowing students to enhance their talents and build their confidence as storytellers under the guidance of skilled educators who possess a passion for teaching writing. Prizes also include a trophy, framed enlargements of their work and additional reading and writing resources, all sponsored by Janice Allen. All students who enter will receive a personalized certificate to recognize their participation.

“We are proud to continue our tradition of hosting the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest,” said Vegas PBS Ready To Learn Coordinator Jessica Russell. “One of the greatest benefits of the writers contest is the creative freedom children are granted for their stories. We can’t wait to see what the kids in our community come up with.”

To learn more about the Vegas PBS KIDS Writers Contest, view the application form, review all contest rules and see winning stories from 2017, visit

About Vegas PBS

Dedicated to enriching lives in Southern Nevada, Vegas PBS uses television and other technologies to educate and empower individuals and to amplify the effectiveness of community organizations.

Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most-watched PBS stations and offers five unique secondary channels: Create, VEGAS PBS KIDS, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot! Vegas PBS also collaborates with strategic partners to create content that examines current and historic regional issues.

Vegas PBS provides outreach programs to assist students of any age, from childhood through adulthood; professional development services for teachers; online adult job training and education courses; career services and resources for veterans; literacy and health workshops for families; educational materials for those with disabilities; and 24/7 online access to content via an array of devices and media.

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