Free Kids Writing Contests

judge.baronson.jpgThe PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS (the “Contest” or “Promotion”). The Contest begins on or about January 1, 2014 and ends with the announcement of national winners on or about July 1, 2014. Contact your local PBS station for exact local Contest dates. These contest rules are subject to modification by PBS. This promotion is void where prohibited. Sponsored by Public Broadcasting Service (“Sponsor” or “PBS”) located at 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.

judge.lisahenson.jpgEligibility & Entry Guidelines

  • Entrants must be in kindergarten, first, second or third grade.
  • Children of employees of PBS, PBS stations or their affiliates, sales representatives, subsidiaries or parent companies, advertising/sales promotion agencies, and judges are not eligible.
  • To be eligible, an entrant must be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States and D.C. (excluding Puerto Rico, USVI and American Samoa). Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify ineligible entries; such entries will not be returned.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified.
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
  • Stories can be fact or fiction, and prose or poetry.
  • Any failure to adhere to these Contest Rules may result in disqualification from the contest.
  • No purchase is necessary.

judge.jholm.jpgWord Count

  • 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.
  • The word count includes “a, ” “an, ” and “the, ” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those that enhance the illustrations.
  • Text must be printed or written legibly or typed.
  • Children who cannot write may dictate their story to be printed, written legibly or typed.
  • Text may be integrated into the illustration pages or on separate pages.
  • Non-English text must be translated on the same page and the translated text (English text) must adhere to word count.
  • Invented spelling is accepted.

Format & Illustrations

  • Stories must have at least 5 original, clear and colorful illustrations.
  • Original art can include drawings, collages, and 3-D created by the author or photographs taken by the author.
  • Stories submitted by mail must be created on one side of the paper and numbered on the back of each page.

Official Entry Form

  • Each entry must include the official PBS KIDS Writers Contest Entry Form, with the required signature of a parent/guardian (and, if appropriate, the optional signature of the sponsoring teacher), confirming that the story and art are original, and granting certain rights to the entry materials.
  • The entry form must be complete and legible.
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Q&A

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Writing Contest?

Does anyone know of a good free writing or poetry contest for kids/teens?

The magazine Stone Soup features writing by kids and teens. Go to your library and look it up in Writers Market to find out how to submit stuff.

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Good writing contests for kids?

Do you know a good sit that has short story writing contests for kids that are free to enter and have cash prizes?thanks!

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