Kids Writers Contest

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WQLN PBS Kids Writers Contest

WQLN PBS Kids Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children's literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest invites kids to experience the hands-on process of developing their own stories and illustrations, which builds language skills such as reading, grammar and syntax, and encourages creativity.

WQLN PBS Kids Writers Contest runs from January 1 through March 31 and is open to children in kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. First, second, and third place prizes are awarded in all four grade levels. Pre K stories accepted, but will be judged at the kindergarten level.

Entries accepted beginning January 1, 2021
Entry Deadline: 5:00pm on March 31, 2021

Contest Details

This year's contest begins on January 1, 2021, ends on March 31, 2021, and is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

1st place winners from each grade will
  • receive a cool prize
  • read excerpts of their stories, to be aired on WQLN-TV 54.1.
2nd & 3rd place winners from each grade will
  • receive cool prizes!

Changemaker Story Prompts

This year, WQLN PBS has partnered with Ashoka to help students create and share stories of changemakers. To assist your student with the changemaker writing process, print the toolkit materials. For additional questions, contact Kathy at (814) 217-6001 or [email protected]

If you want to write a story about being a changemaker, check out these toolkits!


About the Ashoka Toolkits
Stories are a powerful tool to inspire readers to see themselves and those around them as changemakers. These toolkits are designed to help young writers create and share stories of changemakers. Ashoka provides two examples of how to narrate these stories – one from two sisters in Michigan and one from PBS’s Molly of Denali. Changemakers are everywhere! These stories help others to see them, too.

Ashoka Ashoka's Vision
Ashoka believes that the ability to adapt to and drive change is essential for everyone to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Ashoka envisions a world in which everyone discovers their power as a changemaker - anyone who steps up to address a problem, big or small, and creates opportunities for the good of all. To create this magnitude of change, we must transform the way that children and young people grow up. In partnership with young people and influential institutions, Ashoka builds and activates communities of changemakers to transform the way we learn, work, and live together.

To learn more about Ashoka, visit: www.ashoka.org.

Kindergarten • 2019 1st Place Winner

Second Grade • 2019 1st Place Winner

First Grade • 2019 1st Place Winner

Third Grade • 2019 1st Place Winner

2019 2nd Place Winners

Shakthisree Sundaravadivel

Kindergarten
Second Place

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Jeenal Vivak Panchariya

Frist Grade
Second Place

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Josiah Mattocks

Second Grade
Second Place

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Adithi Vibhuti

Third Grade
Second Place

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2019 3rd Place Winners

Oyayi D. Magno

Kindergarten
Third Place

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Peter Rayburg

First Grade
Third Place

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Vaishvi Parikh

Second Grade
Third Place

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Broc Bryan

Third Grade
Third Place

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2019 Marc Brown Award Winner

Vaishvi Parikh

Marc Brown Award
for Best Illustrated Story

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