The 2013 contest is now closed.
What is the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest and who can enter?
The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is the largest annual national contest of its kind for kids K-3rd grade! TPT is a participating station in this national contest, and will be giving prizes for local first place winners who will go on to the national contest, as well as for honorable mention Story and Illustration awards. Parents and educators can submit an entry form for each child's original, illustrated story through March 29, 2013.
The Writers Contest promotes children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning, and is a great way to get kids excited and feeling more confident about their writing.
Every student who participates will get a certificate and an invitation to a celebration on April 20. Local first place winners will have a chance to participate in the national contest. Prizes will be awarded to local first place and honorable mention winners at each grade level. Winners and their stories will be recognized on air, online, at the event, and in the MN Parent Magazine.
(Scroll down for entry forms and complete rules, including more information about judging, prizes, and recognition.)
Eligibility & Entry Guidelines
- Entrants must be in kindergarten, first, second or third grade.
- Children of employees of PBS, PBS stations, TPT or their affiliates, sales representatives, subsidiaries or parent companies, advertising/sales promotion agencies, and judges are not eligible.
- To be eligible, an entrant must be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States and D.C. (excluding Puerto Rico, USVI and American Samoa). Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify ineligible entries; such entries will not be returned.
- Only one entry per person will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified.
- Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
- Stories can be fact or fiction, and prose or poetry.
- Any failure to adhere to these Contest Rules may result in disqualification from the contest.
- No purchase is necessary.
- Entries to TPT must be submitted by March 29, 2013
- Kindergarten and first grade stories must have a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 200 words.
- Second and third grade stories must have a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 350 words.
- The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the,” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those that enhance the illustrations.
- Text must be printed or written legibly or typed.
- Children who cannot write may dictate their story to be printed, written legibly or typed.
- Text may be integrated into the illustration pages or on separate pages.
- Non-English text must be translated on the same page and the translated text (English text) must adhere to word count.
- Invented spelling is accepted.
Format & Illustrations
- Stories must have at least 5 original, clear and colorful illustrations.
- Original art can include drawings, collages, and 3-D created by the author or photographs taken by the author.
- Stories submitted by mail must be created on one side of the paper and numbered on the back of each page.
When does it start and how do I sign up?
PBS KIDS on tpt's contest runs from January 26-March 29. Parents and Educators can fill out an entry form for each child and mail their story to:
Twin Cities Public Television
Attn: Writers Contest
172 East Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Winners will be announced on April 20, 2013. Local winners' stories will then go to the national Contest. National winners will be announced by August 31, 2013.
Can I see stories from other Contest years?
You can check out stories from previous years by visiting Story Central. Take a look at the national winners and think about your own favorite stories. What do they have in common? It seems they all have things like:
- a beginning, middle, and end
- a central event like a conflict or discovery
- characters who change or learn a lesson
- illustrations that help tell the tale
PBS LearningMedia: PBS has curated numerous resources to help your students develop their language arts skills.
PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest - Writing Guide - For teachers, parents and caregivers
to assist primary-aged children in creating stories.
ELA Common Core Alignment Chart - Educators, see how the Contest fits in the Core Curriculum.
Teacher Guide and worksheets: A series of teaching resources to help your students break down the process of story writing.
Participants, thier families, and teachers were invited to a celebration on April 20 at the Union Depot.
Thanks to our partners –
Other Participating Minnesota Stations:
Pioneer Public TV
Prairie Public TV- Gather your crayons and get your imaginations in gear! Prairie Public is promoting reading and writing skills through hands-on, active learning with the PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest. Children in grades K-3 can submit their own original stories and illustrations, and every child who participates receives a certificate of participation! The deadline for submissions is April 5, 2013. First, download the Entry Form and Rules here, or call Prairie Public at 800-359-6900 to request copies.