Does Your Child Have The Write Stuff?

By Michael Berick

pbs kids writing contest

The PBS Kids Writers Contest welcomes submissions from young would-be authors. PHOTO BY HEATHER TONER

Do you have a child who loves to make up stories or draw illustrations? Stop the presses! The PBS Kids Writers Contest is back, and its April 30 deadline is approaching fast. Children in grades K-3 can submit original prose fiction or non-fiction or poetry that they have written and illustrated.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be honored at each grade level, and every child who enters a submission will receive a certificate of appreciation.

The contest has several goals. It offers children an opportunity to exercise their imaginations and develop their language skills. It also cultivates kids’ interest in books and the written word.

To learn more about the contest rules and application process, visit

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