CALL FOR ENTRIES: PBS Kids Writers Contest for First Coast K-3 Students


Contact:  Stan Cleiland, Vice President of Community Relations and Strategic Communications
(904) 358-6366 •

For Immediate Release

Call for Entries: PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Annual Contest for First Coast K-3 Students, Entries Due March 7 

(Jacksonville, FL, January 14, 2014); WJCT invites all students from kindergarten through third grade to write and illustrate original stories for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, a national initiative that promotes the advancement of children’s reading and writing skills through hands-on, active learning.  The contest is open to public, private and home-schooled students in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties. Entries must be received by March 7, 2014. Entries must be accompanied by an official entry form and must comply with the official rules, both available online at

WJCT will select local winners and award prizes, with winning stories posted online at Local winners will be entered into the national contest. National winners will be announced and prizes, including tablet computers, e-readers and MP3 players, will be awarded during the summer of 2014, and the winning stories will be featured on

The PBS Kids Writers Contest is supported by robust resources for children, parents and teachers. Story ideas, activity sheets, and the previous winning entries are available at to inspire children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia is also offering a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms.

“WJCT is committed to providing fun opportunities for First Coast kids to express their creativity,” says WJCT President and CEO Michael Boylan. “The PBS KIDS Writers Contest helps First Coast children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”

More information about the PBS KIDS Writers Contest is available by contacting Robin Warren, WJCT Education Outreach Coordinator, at 904.358.6391or emailing The local PBS KIDS Writers Contest is supported by Jacksonville Country Day School.

WJCT is the community-supported public broadcasting station for the First Coast. More information about WJCT’s television and radio programming is available at

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