Posted 23 Mar 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network will accept entries for the PBS KIDS Writers Contest through Friday, April 7.
The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest empowers children in kindergarten through third grades to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories.
First place winners in each grade will win a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad, which comes preloaded with educational games, music and videos. Each entrant will receive a participation certificate, and 12 winners – three from each grade – will receive an AETN prize pack. More than 200 students from across Arkansas entered the contest last year. Winning stories, as well as contest rules, creative writing resources and entry forms, are available at aetn.org/writerscontest. Additional information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.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. 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 must adhere to the word count.
Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. Entries, including an official signed entry form, must be submitted by mail to: AETN – Writers Contest, 350 S. Donaghey, Conway, AR 72034. Entries must be received by close of business Friday, April 7. Winners will be chosen in May and featured on aetn.org/writerscontest.
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer and mobile-device-based browsers.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).