2020 WJCT 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. Submit your story to WJCT for judging and a chance to win cool prizes! Local winning stories will be submitted to the local WJCT People’s Choice Awards for judging.
All writers and illustrators who enter and meet the requirements of the WJCT PBS KIDS Writers Contest will have their work published online at wjct.org and receive a certificate. Grade level winners will also receive a WJCT PBS KIDS bag of swag (may include, but not guaranteed, books, DVD, t-shirt); be invited to read their story live at Be My Neighbor Day on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at WJCT Studios; and have a video made of them reading their story. The People’s Choice winner, in addition to all of the above, will receive a $100 savings bond.
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.
Download the PBS Kids Writers Contest “Story Writing Fun Guide” and the “Teacher’s Guide & Classroom Worksheets” with brainstorming activities, help with writing and revising, and other ideas and tips!
Enter The Contest
The contest officially begins on January 1, 2020. All entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2020 to be eligible. Download the entry form and contest rules below then mail to:
WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest
100 Festival Park Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
2020 Full Contest Rules
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Information for Educators
Teachers, if you are interested in receiving information about the PBS KIDS Writer’s Contest, CLICK HERE. WJCT’s Grants & Education Outreach Manager, Circe LeNoble, will contact you within one week of your request.
Circe LeNoble, Grants & Education Outreach Manager
Writers Contest FAQ
What is the WJCT PBS KIDS Writer’s Contest?
WJCT has been hosting the WJCT PBS KIDS Writer’s Contest for 18 years. The WJCT 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, first, second and third grades and encourages creative thinking and storytelling, while building literacy skills through the creation and illustration of original stories.
Who can enter?
Any child in grades K-3 who wants to write and illustrate their own story may enter the contest. Students may be from public or private schools or homeschooled but must have the approval of a parent.
Can I see stories from other contest years to get ideas?
Yes! Check out all the stories from the past 2 years and think about your own favorite stories.
Who picks the winning stories?
Stories are judged locally by a diverse group of volunteers from WJCT and sponsors of the contest. Parents or any relative of an entered child may not serve as a judge. Judges determine the Grand, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each grade level.
How is People’s Choice winner chosen?
The Grand prize winners from each grade level are published online. The public is given a week-long window to read and vote for their favorite. At the end of the week, the story with the most votes is determined the People’s Choice winner.
Each year’s contest begins January 1 and runs through a selected date mid-March.
How do I enter?
Download the Contest Entry Form and the Full Contest Rules. Parents must read rules and completely fill out Entry Form. Students writer and illustrate their story, following the specific guidelines listed in the Contest Rules document. Parents mail in completed Entry Form and child’s story to WJCT 100 Festival Park Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202, Attn: Writer’s Contest. Stories must be mailed with a postmark no later than the published deadline date (i.e. March 20, 2020).
Any story submitted that does not follow the specific guidelines outlined in the Contest Rules and Entry Form will be disqualified and will not be judged.
Can my child submit more than one story?
No. Please only submit one story per child.
When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be notified within 45 days of the posted deadline date.
Who should I contact with questions?
Direct all inquiries to Circe LeNoble, WJCT’s Grants & Education Outreach Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904.358.6329
Thank you to our contest sponsors: