Be the next winner of the WETA PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Children in grades K-4 throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area are invited to submit an original story, poem or piece of non-fiction to enter the contest. Every entrant will receive a certificate of achievement for participating.

This year, all WETA PBS Kids Writers Contest submissions must start with the following: “When I look out the window...”

There are lots of cool prizes for the winners.

  • The class, after-school or childcare center that submits the most entries to WETA PBS Kids will win children’s books! 
  • Any teacher who submits a story from their class will be entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. (One card will be awarded per contest.)

Lulu Delacre

Calling all young writers grades K-4! Join us for the FREE Virtual 2023 WETA PBS Kids Writers Workshop. Award-winning children’s author/illustrator Lulu Delacre will share her experiences creating stories and offer tips for inventing the best stories ever. 

Date and time: Wednesday, April 12 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Location: From wherever you are!

Register here for this Zoom event. 




Rules and Prizes

Contest is open to children in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grades who live in DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia. All entries must be postmarked by April 21.

There will be three winners at each grade level; First, second and third place winners. 

First place winners at each grade level will have their stories made into a hardcover book! See rules below for information on prizes.


How to Enter

Entries can be submitted one of two ways:   

  1. Scanning your story and the completed 2023 PBS Kids Writers Contest Entry Form, and emailing both to,



  2. Mailing a copy of your story with the completed 2023 PBS Kids Writers Contest Entry to the WETA headquarters mailroom at: WETA PBS Kids Writers Contest, 3939 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

Have a question? E-mail Outreach and Community Engagement at

Helpful Resources

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PBS Kids Brainstorming Worksheet pdf
PBS Kids Story Element Brainstorming Worksheet pdf
PBS Kids Story Revision Checklist pdf

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