The PBS KIDS 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 kindergarten through fifth grades and encourages them to celebrate their creativity while building literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories.

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest allows kids to experience the hands-on process of developing their own stories and illustrations, which builds language skills such as reading, grammar and syntax, and encourages creativity.

This is the first year that the contest is expanded to 4th and 5th grade students too. 

Classrooms or community groups that have five or more student entries will also be entered into a raffle to win a classroom visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog.



Contest Rules

This year's contest begins on January 16, 2017, ends on April 7, 2017, and is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

1st place winners from each grade will:

  • Receive prizes
  • Appear in a TV spot on KCOS during PBS Kids programming
  • One of the 1st place winners will have their story published in the summer edition of El Paso Kids, Inc.

2nd,  3rd and 4th place winners from each grade will:

  • Receive prizes



All winners will be recognized at the Winners Celebration in May hosted by KCOS.

All students submitting a story will receive a certificate of participation.


Download the Complete Rules and Entry Forms:

Individual Entry Form

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules

Story Idea Activities





You can read and enjoy the illustrations from last years winning stories below!

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