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2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners

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After reviewing more than 100 stories and judging for originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations, we’re proud to announce our 2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners!

2017 winners include:


Jayce Carter Fish Friends

First place: Jayce Carter of Little Rock for “Fish Friends.”

Campbell Beasley Grab the Moon

Second place: Campbell Beasley of Little Rock for “Grab the Moon.”

Madeline Seeds The Princess and the Bowling Ball

Third place: Madeline Seeds of Little Rock for “The Princess and the Bowling Ball.”

First grade

Hailey Shelton The Lost Girl

First place: Hailey Shelton of Lonoke for “The Lost Girl.”

Brooklyn Witherow Two Friends Are Better Than One

Second place: Brooklyn Witherow of Little Rock for “Two Friends Are Better Than One.”

Nadia Ali Mr. Snaggletooth and the Missing Orange Mystery

Third place: Nadia Ali of Cabot for “Mr. Snaggletooth and the Missing Orange Mystery.”

Second grade

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First place: Ashley Carter of Little Rock for “Milo the Magnificent Dragon.”

Sophia Plant The Strange Chicken

Second place: Sophia Plant of Rogers for “The Strange Chicken.”

Allie Garret The Shade Cloud

Third place: Allie Garret of Austin for “The Shade Cloud.”

Third grade

Ryker Schmidt Never Happily Ever After

First place: Ryker Schmidt of Bentonville for “Never Happily Ever After.”

Jana Abdin The Haunted Emerald Castle

Second place: Jana Abdin of Little Rock for “The Haunted Emerald Castle”

Lula Stephens The Little Girl vs. the Big Crack

Third place: Lula Stephens of Vilonia for “The Little Girl vs. the Big Crack.”

Each winner will receive an AETN prize pack, and first place winners will receive a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad. We can’t wait to see what these outstanding authors accomplish in the future!

AETN honored to be a partner in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest, a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest partners with PBS stations nationwide and empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy by writing and illustrating their own stories. Learn more about the annual contest at