PBS KIDS Writers Contest

2018 Rules and Entry Forms

2018 PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules and Entry Form (English) (285.5 KB)

2018 PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules and Entry Form (Spanish) (282.7 KB)

Submissions for the 2018 contest must include a signed entry form and be received by Vegas PBS at 3050 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121 by Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

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.

During the 2017 competition, Vegas PBS received a record-breaking 1,352 entries! Grade levels were judged separately by a panel of qualified professionals, based on originality, creative expression, storytelling technique, illustrations and overall impression. The top three winners in each grade level were honored at an awards ceremony at Vegas PBS on Monday, May 8, 2017. Dinner was provided courtesy of La Bonita Supermarket.

While the national contest is on hiatus this year, Vegas PBS is proud to continue the tradition locally through a sponsorship by Janice Allen. Thanks to Janice, all local winners received trophies, autographed books, framed enlargements of their work, and a custom backpack filled with additional reading and writing resources. 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!

All 18 winners also received a scholarship to attend the annual Southern Nevada Writing Project Youth Writing Camp, courtesy of Steelman Partners and Cashman Equipment, allowing students to enhance their talents under the guidance of skilled educators who possess a passion for teaching writing.