PBS KIDS Writers Contest | Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can stories be dictated to an adult?
Yes, children who cannot write may dictate their story to an adult.
2. Does the story need to be bound or stapled?
It is recommended that you staple, paperclip, or use a report cover to bind your story.
3. When are stories due?
The 2017 competition is closed. Check back in January 2018 for contest deadline.
4. Does spelling count?
In grades K-3, invented spelling is acceptable. Spelling is not a criterion that judges evaluate, but it doesn't hurt to double check spelling and grammar to make sure the story is comprehendable.
In grades 4-5, spelling and conventions are part of the scoring rubric.
5. Can I submit multiple stories?
No, participants may only submit one entry per year.
6. Can I illustrate my story with clip art?
Illustrations must be original and created by the child. Original art includes drawings, photographs, collages, and 3-D. Collages may include images from a variety of media, which could include clip art.
7. How are stories judged?
Stories are judged by qualified university professors, educational staff, librarians, and community members.
In grades K-3, these judges evaluate stories using the criteria of originality, creative expression, storytelling, illustrations, and overall impression.
In grades 4-5, judges evaluate the ideas, organization, voice, conventions, and illustrations of the story.
Three top winners are selected in each grade level.
8. How will I be notified that my story is a winner?
Vegas PBS Ready To Learn staff will notify winners by phone after all grade levels have been judged.
9. Will I get my story back?
Yes, stories are mailed back to students, but it is strongly recommended that non-school related entries enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope to ensure delivery. School-related entries are returned via Clark County School District interoffice mail. All participants receive a certificate of achievement with their story.