2018 KCPT KIDS Writers Contest

PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Young authors and illustrators in Kindergarten through 3rd grades are invited to submit their stories to KCPT’s 2018 PBS KIDS Writers Contest!

Submit your entry from now through April 6, 2018. Entries will be judged on creativity, story structure, and illustrations. First, second and third place winners in each grade will receive a goody bag with prizes and a bound book of the 2018 winning stories. First place winners can have their story featured on our 24/7 PBS KIDS channel.

How to Enter

  • Story must be original work of the child
  • At least 5 illustrations required
  • 50-200 word count for K-1st grade
  • 100-350 word count for 2nd-3rd grade
  • Submit stories on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, unbound
  • Please see entry form for complete contest rules

Entries must include completed entry form as well as story. 2018 Writers Contest Entry Form (PDF)

Electronic submissions should be in PDF format in two files: one with the entry form and one the entire story with illustrations. Please include author’s name, grade, and story name in the subject line of email (E.g. Suzy Smith, 2, The Five Bears).

Questions? Email writerscontest@kcpt.org

There are three ways to enter: mail or email your entries in or submit via an online form.

By Email
Send entries to writerscontest@kcpt.org

By Mail
KCPT, c/o Kathy Van Lieshout
125 East 31st Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Submit via Google form

Need help getting your creative juices flowing? Take a look at these:

Winning Stories

See past local winners and read their stories.

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The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and is based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED. National prizing supported in part by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. ®. PBS KIDS Privacy Policy