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The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Partnering with PBS stations nationwide, 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 work.

HOW THE CONTEST WORKS

The Contest is structured the same as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest of past years. Children in grades kindergarten through third are encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to their local stations, which will select winners and award prizes. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest will be a LOCAL ONLY contest in 2017.                                              

This year's local-only Contest is underway! The deadline is April 14, 2017! 

 

ENTRY FORM          &            RULES

 

This year's contest is made possible by 

 

Thanks to     this year EVERY author who enters a story will recieve a free book!

 

Any contest questions, please contact Beth Fronckowiak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 716-845-7000 ext. 373 

Read stories from previous years!

 

Teacher, Facilitator, & Parent Resources

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a perfect fit for exercising Core Curriculum guidelines in ELA. The contest naturally provides teachers several of the criteria in the ELA Core Curriculum Standards. Not only will teachers be meeting Core Curriculum Standards, but students will have fun in creating something special of their own with a possibility of winning a national writing and illustrating competition. What is needed in order to enter the contest is nothing outside of ordinary ELA lessons.

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Even short stories are complex, and require students to work on a number of elements: characters, plot/story structure, climax/resolution, and setting. This worksheet is intended to help your students expand upon their story idea(s) to develop a strong story.

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This worksheet is intended to help your students start to form ideas for potential stories. The activity provides your students with a blank page to freely develop story ideas through text and illustration. Serving as a precursor to the Brainstorming sheet, this is a place for the child to draw or write topic ideas for their story.

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This supplementary worksheet is designed to help children think about the relationship of images and illustrations to text, or captions. The worksheet provides a few examples of pictures and captions. You can leave the rest of the worksheet blank for your students to draw pictures and write captions for each picture, or you can pre-populate some of the spaces with images to help your student relate current lessons to the story writing project.

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This worksheet is intended to help your students practice making thoughtful, engaging illustrations for their stories. Students can practice making an illustration in the box labeled “School.” Then, they can choose seven additional words to illustrate in each of the remaining boxes. We’ve provided a few examples of words, if they need ideas. Once they’ve completed the illustrations have them review and explain their words and illustrations to a classmate.

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This worksheet is intended to help your students develop self-criticism skills so that they can refine and improve their stories.

There are two versions of this worksheet, this one has blank questions and answers for you to fill out based on the reading and writing skills of your students.

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This worksheet is intended to help your students develop self-criticism skills so that they can refine and improve their stories.

There are two versions of this worksheet, this one has the questions and answers filled out.

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