PBS KIDS has announced the opening of this year's annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest is open to children in grades K-3 and encourages creative thinking and storytelling, while building literacy skills through the creation and illustration of original stories.
To enter, kids submit stories to their local stations, and local winners will then be entered into the national contest. PBS stations throughout the country will collaborate with schools, public libraries and other community-based organizations to present the PBS KIDS Writers Contest in local communities. Each station will select local winners and award prizes. The local winners will then be entered into the national contest, and a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced during the summer of 2015, and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.
This year, the judges include acclaimed writers, producers and children’s media creators, including Marc Brown, author and illustrator of the ARTHUR book series, and the Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, from the PBS KIDS show WILD KRATTS. The national winners will receive prize packages including ARTHUR books and a personal technology device courtesy of PBS.
To help young writers get started, PBS KIDS offers a set of resources for children, parents and teachers. Story ideas and activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries, are available on the contest website to inspire children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia is also offering a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms nationwide.
To enter the contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest or your local PBS station website.
Source: PBS KIDS, pbskids.org