Kids Writers Contest

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2021 Writers Contest Winners

Kindergarten Winners
First Aidan P. "The Great Game Mix Up" Elk Valley Elementary
Second Riley L. "The Very Surprised Caterpillar" Sheffield Area Elementary
Third Grayson G. "The Very Lucky Ladybug" Warren Area Elementary Center

First Grade Winners
First Zachary K. "The Pirate Games" Homeschooled
Second Kurt L. "Glasker and the Danger Twins" Homeschooled
Third Claire P. "The Amazing Sheep Problem" Warren Area Elementary Center

Second Grade Winners
First Avyan S. "The Tale of Special Friendship" Robison Elementary
Second Audrey W. "The Little Grape" Warren Area Elementary Center
Third Brinley K. "Elise & Brinley" Edinboro Elementary

Third Grade Winners
First Dawson K. "The Adventures of Banana Guy" Fairview Elementary
Second Zeke F. "Dinos All Night" Union City Elementary
Third Yul C. "Ann's Adventure" Grandview Elementary

Fourth Grade Winners
First Vaishvi P. "A Special Friendship" Grandview Elementary
Second Shareen S. "The Castle Library" Fairview Elementary
Third Alivia L. "It Is Good to Be You" Fairview Elementary

Fifth Grade Winners
First Gabriel D. "The Walking Chip" Beaty-Warren Middle School
Second Caylee H. "Lucy Saves Christmas" Homeschooled
Third Jared A. "World War X" Beaty-Warren Middle School

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: