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Arkansas PBS KIDS Writers Contest 2020

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Do you have a teller of tall tales, an illustrator extraordinaire or a budding poet in grades K-3? Make sure they enter the Arkansas PBS KIDS Writers Contest by Friday, April 17!

Designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning, the Arkansas PBS KIDS Writers Contest empowers children in kindergarten through third grades to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories.

Each entrant will receive a participation certificate, and 12 winners – three from each grade – will receive an Arkansas PBS prize pack. In addition, first place winners will win a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad, which comes preloaded with educational games, music and videos.

Arkansas teachers who submit stories from their classes will have the opportunity to win a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog and Arkansas PBS Prize Packs for their classrooms.

Previous years’ winning stories, as well as contest rules, creative writing resources and entry forms, are available at myarkansaspbs.org/writerscontest. Additional information is available by emailing kwalker@myarkansaspbs.org.

Stories may be fact, fiction, prose or poetry. Only one entry will be allowed per person, and stories must be by a single author. 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.

Text must be printed, written legibly or typed. Children who cannot write may dictate their story to be printed, written legibly or typed. Stories must have at least five original, clear and colorful illustrations. Non-English text must be translated on the same page, and the translated text (English text) must adhere to the word count.

Each entry must be accompanied by an official signed and completed entry form, which can be downloaded from the website. Entries must be submitted by mail to: Arkansas PBS Writers Contest, 350 S. Donaghey, Conway, AR 72034. Entries must be received by close of business Friday, April 17. Winners will be chosen in May and featured on myarkansaspbs.org/writerscontest.

Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations.Receiving contest entries is a great treat every year, and we can’t wait to see your young authors’ entries!

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