Writers Contest

PBS KIDS Writers Contest

PBS SoCal is proud to announce the local winners of the 2018 PBS SoCal KIDS Writers Contest.

The winners in grades K-3 were recognized at a special celebration on June 6 and receive books and prizes.

Writers Contest Ceremony: June 6

PBS SoCal received a total of 774 stories from local Southern California children. All stories were read and judged by community members and PBS SoCal staff. Three (3) winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place for each grade. PBS SoCal also selected one winner per Humor, Illustration, Science Fiction, and Kindness categories.

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


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The Writers Contest is locally funded by Thrivent Financial

Thrivent Financial