WEDU PBS Kids Writers Contest

The PBS Kids Writers Contest is open to any child in grades K-3 who wants to write and illustrate their own story for a chance to win cool prizes! Stories are judged locally to determine local winners. Local winners are sent to the national PBS Kids Writers Contest for national judging. Everyone who enters will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Congratulations to our 2015 local winners!


2015 kindergarten local winner


By: Mya M., Tampa, Mendenhall Elementary

The Friendly Alien

2015 second grade local winner

"The Friendly Alien"

By: Rico G., Tampa

Jack and Gretel's Best Kept Secret

2015 first grade local winner

"Jack and Gretel’s Best Kept Secret"

By: Natalia W., Clearwater, Saint Paul’s School

Elle the Elephant

2015 third grade local winner

"Elle the Elephant"

By: Chloe R., Tampa

Past local winners

Go Slow For Manatees I Found Some Gold The Frog That Was in Love with a Girl
2014 kindergarten local winner

"Go Slow For Manatees"

By: Marina H., Wesley Chapel

2014 first grade local winner

"I Found Some Gold"

By: Arianna B., Clearwater

2014 second grade local winner

"The Frog That Was in Love with a Girl"

By: Alexandra C., Seffner

The Runaway Circus Hip Hop the Frog Saves the Rain Forest My Naughty Penguin
2014 third grade local winner

"The Runaway Circus"

By: Alma D., Sarasota

2013 kindergarten local winner

"Hip Hop the Frog Saves the Rain Forest"

By: Ryan M.

2013 first grade local winner

"My Naughty Penguin"

By: Madison C.

Everyday Princess    
2013 second grade local winner

"Everyday Princess"

By: Neela R.


Entering the contest

To help children prepare for the contest, encourage them to read last year’s winners, think about their own favorite stories, and create new stories using the online story creation tool. You can also download the PBS Kids Writers Contest "Story Writing Fun Guide" with brainstorming activities, help with writing and revising, and other ideas and tips. 

Information for educators

Florida PBS LearningMedia offers a collection of online teacher resources aligned to current Florida education standards, for use in classrooms.

“Classroom Sweepstakes” drawing for educators: Classrooms that submitted five or more entries to the PBS Kids Writers Contest were eligible to enter a random drawing to win an Arthur library of books and a visit from an Arthur character for the winning school.   

The 2015 contest has ended, but here are the rules:


The PBS Kids Writers Contest is managed by WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and participating local PBS member stations.
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