2019 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

This contest is now closed. Thank you for your entries!

Check out the winning entries here. Learn what happened during the awarding ceremony.

Watch out for next year’s contest!

Enter your story or poem to win cool prizes and have your story published online.

The contest is open to children in grades K-3 and each entry must be an original work – written and illustrated by the entrant.

First, second, and third place winners will be chosen from each grade. Every child who submits an original piece will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for their participation.

1st Place

1st place winners: PBS KIDS Playtime Pad; $50 gift card, books, and PBS KIDS goodies.

2nd Place

2nd place winners: PBS KIDS Plug and Play, $25 gift card, books and PBS KIDS goodies.

3rd Place

3rd place winner: $25 gift card, books and PBS KIDS goodies.
Special Category Winner: $50 gift card, books, and PBS KIDS goodies.

Entry Forms and Rules

All entries must be postmarked by May 6, 2019 and must include an official PBS SoCal entry form signed by the child’s parent, guardian or teacher. Be sure to read through the contest rules.

Enter for a Chance to Win Prizes

Email your stories along with your entry form to writerscontest@pbssocal.org or you can mail your story along with the entry form to:

Attn: Writers Contest
Grade: ____
3080 Bristol St. Suite 400
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Previous Winners

First Place

Matthew Thomas Seaton,
Riverside, CA
Grade: Kinder

Joely Sandoval,
Torrance, CA
Grade: 1st

Abigail Ochoa,
Los Angeles, CA
Grade: 2nd

Juliet Ashley,
Culver City, CA
Grade: 3rd

Second Place

Anouk Katira,
San Diego, CA
Grade: Kinder

Jocelyn Cabrera,
Santa Barbara, CA
Grade: 1st

Hayley Anne Foo,
Temecula, CA
Grade: 2nd

Rylan Gondoputro,
Carson, CA
Grade: 3rd

Third Place

Owen Gleason,
Newbury Park, CA
Grade: Kinder

Paisley Provan,
Burbank, CA
Grade: 1st

Peri Gordon,
Sherman Oaks, CA
Grade: 2nd

Sierra Burton,
San Diego, CA
Grade: 3rd


Joshua Garza,
Pico Rivera, CA
Genre: Humor

Elen Muradian,
Panorama, CA
Genre: Illustration

David Alexander Dorantes,
Pomona, CA
Genre: Fred Rogers Kindness Award

Fernando Solorio,
Wilmington, CA
Genre: Sy Fy

For more information or questions about the contest please contact:

The Writers Contest is locally funded by

Compass Charter Schools