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
All submissions 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:
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.
- Help your child learn the Craft of Writing
- Find reading and language tips for parents
- Make a story with Martha Speaks
Download these activity sheets to start writing at home
- Brainstorm Activity - Getting Started on your idea!
- Get Ready to Write
- Write THIS Activity
- Draw THIS Activity
- Story Revision Checklist
Local support provided by The Steinmetz Foundation.