Ready, Set, Write!

Ask your class the following question:

“If you could write a story about anything, what would you write about?”

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Brace yourself with sharpened pencils, paper, and crayons because we’re certain you’ll find that each student has their own fantastic tale to tell! Inspire your young learners to write their own creative stories and submit them to the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. PBS SoCal’s judging committee will select local winners and award prizes at a special award ceremony held at the Los Angeles Public Library this spring. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest, part of PBS SoCal’s Ready To Learn education initiative, empowers children in grades K-3 to cultivate their story-telling skills in a variety of mediums and styles.


To get kids started with ideas and prompts, our Writer Contest booklets are available in English and Spanish. If you’d like to request booklets for your school just fill out our request form.

A few rules to consider – kindergarten and first grade stories must have a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 200 words. Stories submitted by children in the second and third grade must fall within a 100-350 word range. In addition, stories must have at least 5 original, clear and colorful illustrations. All entries must be postmarked by April 30, 2017 and must include an Official PBS SoCal Entry Form signed by the child’s parent, guardian or teacher.

Ready, Set, Write! Submit your students’ stories now – We cannot wait to read them!

If you have any questions about the contest, feel free to contact us.