PBS Kids Writers Contest
Few things capture a child's imagination like a good book. We would like to invite you to join WPBS-DT as we encourage local children here in the North Country to create their own stories as part of the PBS KIDS Writers Contest.
The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a local contest designed to promote the advancement of children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces. It extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the 15-year national "Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.".Watch The Promo Below:
The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS (the “Contest” or “Promotion”). The Contest begins on or about January 1, 2014 and ends with the announcement of national winners on or about July 1, 2014. Contact your local PBS station for exact local Contest dates. These contest rules are subject to modification by PBS. This promotion is void where prohibited. Sponsored by Public Broadcasting Service (“Sponsor” or “PBS”) located at 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.
Eligibility & Entry Guidelines
- Entrants must be in kindergarten, first, second or third grade.
- Children of employees of PBS, PBS stations or their affiliates, sales representatives, subsidiaries or parent companies, advertising/sales promotion agencies, and judges are not eligible.
- To be eligible, an entrant must be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States and D.C. (excluding Puerto Rico, USVI and American Samoa). Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify ineligible entries; such entries will not be returned.
- Only one entry per person will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified.
- Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
- Stories can be fact or fiction, and prose or poetry.
- Any failure to adhere to these Contest Rules may result in disqualification from the contest.
- No purchase is necessary.
- Kindergarten and first grade stories must have a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 200 words.
- Second and third grade stories must have a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 350 words.
- The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the,” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those that enhance the illustrations.
- Text must be printed or written legibly or typed.
- Children who cannot write may dictate their story to be printed, written legibly or typed.
- Text may be integrated into the illustration pages or on separate pages.
- Non-English text must be translated on the same page and the translated text (English text) must adhere to word count.
- Invented spelling is accepted.
Format & Illustrations
- Stories must have at least 5 original, clear and colorful illustrations.
- Original art can include drawings, collages, and 3-D created by the author or photographs taken by the author.
- Stories submitted by mail must be created on one side of the paper and numbered on the back of each page.
Official Entry Form
- Each entry must include the official PBS KIDS Writers Contest Entry Form, with the required signature of a parent/guardian (and, if appropriate, the optional signature of the sponsoring teacher), confirming that the story and art are original, and granting certain rights to the entry materials.
- The entry form must be complete and legible.
National Judging, Awards & Notification
- Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. The sponsoring PBS station will empanel a jury of no fewer than 3 judges to judge local submissions. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
- 40% Creativity and originality of plot and/or themes,
- 40% Story structure and use of literary devices,
- 20% Relevance, quality and originality of illustration
Each local PBS station will send its first place winners to the national Contest, where entries will be judged using the criteria outlined above. All decisions of the judges are final and not subject to appeal or review. Any ties will broken using the creativity and originality category. National winners will be notified on or before August 31, 2013. Each national winner’s story will be posted on the Contest Web site at pbskids.org/writerscontest in 2013. National prizes include tablet computers for four (4) first place winners (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) 0 USD), e-readers (ARV 0 USD) for 4 second place winners, and MP3 players (ARV USD) for 4 third place winners. PBS reserves the right to substitute any prize for a prize of equal or greater value, at the sole discretion of PBS. Prize recipients must allow a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks from notification to delivery. Prizes are not redeemable for cash, non-transferable, and non-substitutable, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor.
Return of Entries
The Contest administrators will make every effort, but are not required, to return mailed entries only if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope of an appropriate size. PBS, and or its affiliates, are not responsible for late, lost, stolen, misdirected, damaged, mutilated, incomplete or illegible entries, or postage-due mail.
Rights Associated with Contest
Submission of the Entry Form constitutes permission for PBS to use the participants’ name, likeness, biographical information, information and materials contained in the Entry Form, photographs, and any statements or remarks made about the Contest in advertising and promotion without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law. All entries, and any copyrights therein, become the sole property of PBS. By entering, entrants agree to abide by the above stated rules, and warrant that their entry is their original work and does not infringe upon or violate rights of any third party, and grant to PBS the right to edit, publish, promote, and otherwise use their entry materials without permission, notice or compensation. No royalties will be paid at this or any time.
By submitting an entry and Entry Form, each participant (and parent or guardian) assigns all right, title, and interest in and to the entry and Entry Form to PBS and warrants that the participant (and parent or guardian) have the authority to assign such right, title, and interest. In the event that any applicable law requires certain formalities to be fulfilled to effectuate such grant of rights, each participant (and parent or guardian) agrees to cooperate with PBS to achieve fulfillment of such formalities.
By submitting an Entry Form, each participant (and parent or guardian) agree to be bound by these Contest Rules. Each participant (and parent or guardian) agrees to release and hold PBS, and its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, subsidiaries, parent companies, or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and liabilities arising out of participation in the Contest or resulting from acceptance or claiming of any prize hereunder. PBS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, suspend or otherwise cancel the Contest at any time. Income and all other taxes are the responsibility of the prize recipient. PBS is not responsible for any expenses incurred in connection with participation in the Contest.
WPBS-DT, Watertown Public Broadcasting, is pleased to recognize 12 outstanding young authors for their award-winning stories in the 2013 PBS Kids Writer’s Contest. The winners were chosen from over 90 local entrants. The stories were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustration.
The PBS KIDS Writer’s Contest is a national competition designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The effort encourages children in grades K-3 in our area and communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original stories and illustrations. The PBS KID Writer’s Contest is produced by PBS KIDS and managed by WNED-TV with corporate funding from Easy Student Publishing and promotional support from Highlights for Children.
The annual Contest encourages children grades Kindergarten through Third Grade to use their imaginations and apply their writing and artistic talents by creating original storybooks. The stories and illustrations these children created not only impressed our judges, they showed the potential these children possess as future writers. Contest entries are first judged at the local level, with local winners advancing to the national competition.
First Place: "How to Catch a Leprechaun" by Aiden Pominville, Brantingham
Second Place: "The Molly Story" by Iris Taylor, Lorraine
Third Place: "The Very Lonely Tooth" by Connor Grenier, Ogdensburg
First Place: "My Sledding Accident" by Jorlan Rumfelt, Watertown
Second Place: "The Lost Bunny" by Kathryn Roginski, Watertown
Third Place: "My Sister, Lucie" by Lillie Andre’, Watertown
First Place: "The Smart Leprechaun" by Lillian Kimball, Watertown
Second Place: "The Kangaroo That Played Soccer" by Cody Meinzer, Watertown
Third Place: "The Crocodile That Couldn't Swim" by Bryn Murphy, Watertown
First Place: "Hockey Town" by Cooper Bennett, Hammond
Second Place: "A Barbie Camping Trip" by Abigail Bresett, Hammond
Third Place: "The King Race" by Kennon Gardner, Hammond
"WPBS is proud of all the winners of this year’s contest. It is obvious they put a lot of time and effort into creating their stories", said Teri-Gene Conlin, Outreach Manager at WPBS-DT. "It is wonderful to celebrate their accomplishments and encourage them to continue writing." said Mrs. Conlin.
We would like to thank our local judges for this year’s contest, all who donated their time to read and score our stories.
Emily Owen, Youth Services Consultant-North Country Library System
Ashley Pickett, Children’s Librarian-Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library
Mary Sawyer, Circulation Director-Watertown Daily Times
We would also like to thank Wal-Mart, Watertown, for generously donating a cake for our winners and their families to enjoy at the Award Ceremony, which was held at the WPBS station on May 22, 2013.
Every child who entered the contest received a Certificate of Achievement and a certificate for a free issue of Highlights magazine. The winning authors in addition received a tote bag filled with PBS KIDS Writer’s Contest items and books from WPBS-DT. Winners of the National Contest will be chosen in June 2013. The names of those authors will be announced in July 2013. The local award-winning stories will be able to be viewed online at www.wpbstv.org. All of us here at WPBS would like to congratulate our 2013 PBS KIDS Writer’s Contest winners!
Writers Contest, Winner 1
Writers Contest, Winner 2
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