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2019 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners

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The AETN educator team read more than 200 stories from Arkansas’s young writers this year — resulting in many giggles, guffaws, gasps and “awws”! After much deliberation and judging for originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations, we’re proud to announce the 2019 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners!

2019 winners include:


Gunner Duck Ninja Puppy

First place: Gunner Duck of Omaha for “Ninja Puppy.”

Barrett Friedman Twister the Tornado

Second place: Barrett Friedman of North Little Rock for “Twister the Tornado.”

Allen Dong Cat And Dog’s Adventure

Third place: Allen Dong of Conway for “Cat & Dog’s Adventure.”

First grade

Natalie Pearson The Last Carrot

First place: Natalie Pearson of Paragould for “The Last Carrot.”

Gavin Dews The Razorback Game

Second place: Gavin Dews of Hot Springs for “The Razorback Game.”

Holland Wall The Mystery of the House

Third place: Holland Wall of Heber Springs for “The Mystery of the House.”

Second grade

Sarah Felio A Queen, a Princess and a Dragon
First place: Sarah Felio of Conway for “A Queen, a Princess and a Dragon.”

Kyle Elkins Mummy Love

Second place: Kyle Elkins of Berryville for “Mummy Love.”

Ariq Huq The Robot

Third place: Ariq Huq of Conway for “The Robot.”

Third grade

Nadia Ali Agent Pig and Ducky Save the Day

First place: Nadia Ali of Cabot for “Agent Pig (and Ducky) Save the Day.”

Charles Dong The Alien Trip

Second place: Charles Dong of Conway for “Alien Trip”


Third place:Hasfah Sulta of Little Rock for “The Bravest Dog in the World.”

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 is proud to coordinate the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest, an initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest 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


2019 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners


AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest