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2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest

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Calling all K-3 author/illustrators across Arkansas! We’re now accepting entries for the 2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. This contest, which is designed to promote kids’ literacy skills through hands-on, active learning, empowers elementary school students to celebrate creativity and build literacy by writing and illustrating their own stories.

All students who enter the AETN PBS KIDS Writers will receive a participation certificate and 12 talented winners — three from each grade — will receive an AETN prize pack. On top of having their stories submitted to the national PBS KIDS Writers Contest, first-place winners will have an extra-special treat: they can with tour AETN studios with their class or have Clifford the Big Red Dog come to visit them at their school!

So, how can your budding author enter the contest? Students should start, of course, by dreaming up their story. Contest entries may be fact, fiction, prose or poetry, and different grades have different word requirements and limits:

  • Kindergarten and first grade: minimum 50 words, maximum 200 words.
  • Second and third grade: minimum 100 words, maximum 350 words.

The text of all authors’ stories must be printed, written legibly or typed. (Children who can’t write may dictate their stories to be printed, written legibly or typed.) Every story must have at least five original, clear and colorful illustrations! Any stories that aren’t written in English will need to be translated on the same page (and the translated English text must be within the word count). Each student may submit only one entry, and each story must be by a single author.

Stories entered in the contest will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and the integration of text and illustrations, and, let us tell you, it’s a fun process! We giggled, snickered, ooh-ed and ahh-ed over the more than 200 stories Arkansas students sent us last year!

AETN will judge local submissions and, as we mentioned earlier, the first place winners from each grade will be sent to the national contest. National winners will receive prizes from our national prize sponsor — Little, Brown Books for Young Readers — and from PBS. In the past two years, two of our gifted author/illustrators have been featured on the PBS KIDS Writers Contest web page; this year, we’re ready to see an Arkansas student win it all!

To do that, make sure that your student submits his or her story by Friday, April 10. Entries should be mailed to: AETN — Writers Contest, 350 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway, AR 72034. Arkansas winners will be chosen in April; national winners will be announced during the summer and their stories will be featured on Arkansas’s 12 winning stories will be featured on

Ready to get started? Find last year’s winning stories, contest rules, creative writing resources and entry forms at Can’t find what you were looking for? Get any additional information you need about the contest by emailing


2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest
Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2015