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Few things spark a child's imagination like a good book and that's why PBS SoCaL is looking for your child's original stories! 

PBS SoCaL encourages Southern California children to create an original story as part of the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Open to kids in grades K-3, each entry must be an original work written and illustrated by the student. Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry and each grade level will be judged separately.

The goal of the contest is to encourage, challenge and reward effort, so every child who submits a story will recieve a Certificate of Appreciation from PBS SoCaL. First, second, and third place winners will be chosen from each grade level to receive prizes locally. First place winners will also be entered in to the national contest. We hope that you will submit a story this year. PBS SoCaL wants your creative, original ideas!

2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners have been announced!


1st Place -“Chillivut Meets Volaxinv and Oldrin” by Jishnu M.

2nd Place - “Zing Zing Zong Zong’s Trip to the Moon” by Zachary T.

3rd Place - “Sebe, the Candy Monster” by Sebastian R. 

First Grade

1st Place -“Leena the Elephant” by Ibrahim A.

2nd Place - “A Toothbrush Named Fred” by Sophie B.

3rd Place -“Marcos and His Friend Max” by Marcos K.

Honorable Mention- “The Hungry Giraffe” by Zachary P.

Second Grade

1st Place -“Lemon and Lime and the Butterfly Life Cycle” by Danika M.

2nd Place - “Zack and Ryan’s Adventure: The Missing Hamster Jeff” by Lakshman M.

3rd Place - “The Day Tom’s Life Changed” by Ishaq A.

Honorable Mention, Best Historical Fiction-  “The Day I Went to School with Ruby Bridges” by Keilani D.

Homnorable Mention, Creativity- “I Wish” by Lia B.

Third Grade

1st Place - “One Muffin’s Adventure” by Kate J.

2nd Place - “The Lonely Toothfairy” by Yuna C.

3rd Place -“Bat Invasion” by Jude A.

Honorable Mention, Best Illustrations- “Raquel & Daisy” by Chaelin K.

Can't wait to get started on next year's contest? Discover how writing is an easy way to encourage your child's reading and literacy skills with activity suggestions from PBS.

Download these activity sheets to start writing at home

Be sure to visit the PBS KIDS Writer's Contest website to learn more, read previous winning stories, and start creating today!

Local support provided by The Steinmetz Foundation.

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