PBS Kids Writers Contest

WPBSDT: 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.".

This workshop is designed to help children brainstorm ideas and offer tips for a creating their story. The workshop will be held at WPBS-TV, February 16th from 9-10am. Once children have completed their story they may submit them to the PBS Kids Writers Contest following the guidelines listed at wpbstv.org/writerscontest. This event is free and open to children in grades K-3. Children are encouraged to stay after the Writer's Workshop to watchThe Cookie Thief special movie event from 10am - noon. This event is free and open to children of all ages. Meet Cookie Monster, enjoy refreshments and engage in special activities after the movie.

The Writer's Contest is designed promote the advancement of children's literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.

How the Contest Works

Beginning January 1, 2015 children in the Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Deadline for entry is March 31, 2015. WPBS-TV will select local winners and award prizes in the spring of 2015.

The local winners will then be entered into the national contest where 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.

The national winners will receive prizing courtesy of national prizing sponsor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and PBS. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS (the Contest or Promotion). The Contest begins on or about January 1, 2015 and ends with the announcement of national winners on or about July 1, 2015. Entries must be sent to WPBS-TV by March 31, 2015. 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.

 

Download the Prizes and Rules PDF

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. Many will enter, few will win.

Word Count

  • 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

National Prizes

Four (4) First Place Winners (One (1) First Place winner per grade) A tablet computer or electronic learning devices (Approximate Retail Value (ARV)$200 USD each), and a
Sponsor-specified set of Arthur books (ARV:$30.00 each). Four (4) Second Place Winners (One (1) Second Place winner per grade) An e-reader or electronic learning materials
(ARV$100 USD each), and a Sponsor-specified set of Arthur books (ARV:$18.00 each). Four (4) Third Place Winners (One (1) Third Place winner per grade) - An e-reader, electronic
learning materials or Sponsor-specified$75.00 gift card (ARV$75 USD each, and a Sponsor-specified Arthur book (ARV:$6.00 each). PBS reserves the right to substitute any prize for
a prize of equal or greater value, at the sole discretion of PBS. Potential winners will be notified by Sponsor on or about June 27th for winner verification. 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.

Additional Classroom Prize for First Place National Winners

Additionally, any classroom submitting an entry that is judged to be a national winner for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade will receive an Arthur library of books for that classroom. The
retail value of the Arthur library of books is $90.00.

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 2014 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.

Kindergarten

First Place: "Millie's Adventure" by Madyson Van Gorden
Second Place: "The Scary Skull" by Alex Richards

First Grade

First Place: "Hello to Spring and Goodbye to Winter" by Rachel Staples
Second Place: "Guyana" by KRosamond Hunt
Third Place: "The Adventures of Cat and Dog" by Ryann Erickson

Second Grade

First Place: "The Lion Who Couldn't Roar" by Preston Oatman
Second Place: "The Bunny That Had the Hiccups" by ThaJarie Gaskin
Third Place: "Chocolate Springs Fairy" by Hannah Wines

Third Grade

First Place: "Adelaide's Big Adventure" by Adelaide Taylor
Second Place: "The Biggest Fish" by Tanner Smith
Third Place: "The Lucky Penny" by Lane Ruddy

"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.

Stella Garitz, Whiz Quiz judge and retired Elementary school teacher
Ashley Pickett, Children's Librarian-Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library
Angela Newman, Youth Services Consultant, North Country Library System

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!

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