2021 WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest

Submission deadline extended to April 15, 2021.

2021 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; 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 each year on January 1. All entries must be postmarked by April 15 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

2021 Contest Entry Form
2021 Full Contest Rules

These files require Acrobat Reader. (Free Download)

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.

Contact Information:
Circe LeNoble, Grants & Education Outreach Manager
Phone: 904.358.6329
Email: clenoble@wjct.org

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

2020 Stories

View all the wonderful 2020 WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest story submissions!

(Scroll down to see more stories from past years.)

Writers Contest FAQ

What is the WJCT PBS KIDS Writer’s Contest?
WJCT has been hosting the WJCT PBS KIDS Writer’s Contest for more than 20 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 past years and think about your own favorite stories. Keep scrolling to find 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 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each grade level.

How is People’s Choice winner chosen?
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.

How long does the contest run?
Each year’s contest begins January 1 and runs through March 15.

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 March 15.

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 clenoble@wjct.org or 904.358.6329

Thank you to our contest sponsors:


Watch the 2018 People's Choice Award Finalists Read Their Stories!

2019 Stories

View all the wonderful 2019 WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest story submissions!

2018 Stories

View all the wonderful 2018 WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest story submissions!

2017 Stories

View all the wonderful 2017 WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest story submissions!

2016 Stories

View all the wonderful 2016 WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest story submissions!