PBS Kids Writers Contest 2014

Available: USA Nationwide
Closing Date: 3/31/2014

WRITE ON! Young authors send us your story and you could be a winner!

The WQED, WPSU, WITF, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting Writers Contest, brought to you by the EQT Foundation, will run from January 6, 2014 through March 31, 2014. These contest rules are subject to modification by PBS, WNED, WQED, WPSU, WITF, or West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

PLEASE NOTE: The only way to be eligible for the national judging round is to be deemed a grand prize winner in one of the Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade categories in the local station or Independent Pool judging round of this Contest. These Contest rules are subject to modification by PBS & WNED at their discretion.

Eligibility & Entry Guidelines :

  • Entrants must be children 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.
  • Children of employees of WQED, WPSU, WITF, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WNED, 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 in this Contest; 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. Many will enter, few will win.

Word Count Requirement :

  • 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 -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), consenting to allowing their child/ward to enter the Contest, confirming that the story and art are original, and granting certain rights to the entry materials.
  • The entry form must be complete and legible to be eligible.

Judging, Awards & Notification :
Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. WQED, WPSU, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting will judge local submissions. All decisions of the judges are final and not subject to appeal or review. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received at participating stations. Local prizes for the 2013 Contest are determined by WQED, WPSU, WITF, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting wqed.org/edu. Prize recipients
must allow a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks from notification to delivery. Prizes are non-transferable.

Return of Entries :
WQED makes every effort to return all stories.

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