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!

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules and Deadlines

Contest Opens January 10th, 2014

Deadline has been extended!!

All entries must be postmarked by March 24, 2014

Limit one entry per child. Stories must be original works by the child and must include original art, including, but not limited to, drawings, collages, 3-D images or photos taken by the author. Stories written in non-english must be translated into English on the same page. 

Download rules and entry forms:

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Entry Form - English

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules - English

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Entry Form Spanish

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules - Spanish



Can't wait to get started? 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.