Calling Young Writers: 2012 PBS KIDS GO! Contest Underway
KCTS 9 is calling for young writers to enter the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest partners with PBS stations nationwide to encourage children in grades K-3 to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original work.
Children in the Pacific Northwest can write and illustrate stories and submit them to KCTS 9, which will select winners and award prizes, including the chance to read their stories for broadcast. Local winners will then be entered into the national level of the contest where a panel of judges will select the winners. National winners will be announced and prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players, will be awarded this summer.
To enter the contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources, visit www.KCTS9.org/education. Entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 18.
“By offering the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest to our community here in the Pacific Northwest, we are encouraging early learners to explore their creativity while developing essential literacy skills,” said Lisa Johnson, spokesperson for KCTS 9. “Research shows that creative writing can enhance and improve a child’s literacy development, and through this contest, KCTS 9 is helping prepare children for learning and success in school.”
For the first time, stories can be digitally submitted to the contest through a tool developed by new sponsor, StudentPublishing.com. Every participant that uses the tool will receive a free animated digital book of their story that they can share with others, including parents who will also have the opportunity to purchase bound copies of the entry as a keepsake. As in years past, winning entries in each of the contest categories will be featured on the sites PBSKIDS.org/writerscontest and KCTS9.org/education.
To see the winning stories from past years, visit the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Northwest Archive.