Winners announced in Arkansas PBS KIDS Writers Contest


Winning stories to be featured online at

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS has announced winners of the 2023 Arkansas PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Students in grades K-3 across Arkansas submitted 328 entries for this year’s contest, and all 12 winning stories are available to read online at

Winners include:

  • Kindergarten – First place, Solomon Webber of Little Rock for “Solomon’s Adventure”; second place, Sabrynah Shorty of North Little Rock for “When It’s Raining”; and third place, Ean Everastico of Danville for “The Turtles.”
  • First grade – First place, Emmanuel Zhuang of Conway for “The Creepy Castle and the Knights”; second place, Holland Corken of Little Rock for “Chewie McChewersin”; and third place, Penelope Posadas of Rogers for “There’s No Place Like Home.”
  • Second grade – First place, Kirksey Miner of West Fork for “The Riddles to a Treasure”; second place, Mary Elizabeth Clark of Fayetteville for “Mary’s Monkey Trouble”; and third place, Jase Lajeunesse of Conway for “Spy Cats.”
  • Third grade – First place, Ella Dunn of Harrison for “A Day on the Farm: The Missing Egg”; second place, Henley Ritchie of Yellville for “S’More Camping”; and third place, Jai Durvasula of El Dorado for “Help Your Friends But.”

In addition to being published to the Arkansas PBS website, these young authors may have the opportunity to read their stories for special segments during “Rise and Shine,” a summer learning broadcast series produced by Arkansas PBS beginning mid-July.

Entries were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. Each winner will receive an Arkansas PBS prize pack. In addition, first place winners will receive a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad, which comes preloaded with educational games, music and videos.

The Arkansas 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.


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 provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer and mobile-device-based browsers.

About Arkansas PBS

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