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WETA PBS Kids is encouraging children in grades K-4 throughout the Washington Metropolitan area to write an original story, poem or piece of non-fiction to enter in the WETA PBS Writers Contest! 

Children will have the opportunity to win great prizes. Don’t forget to spread the word; the class, after-school or child care center that submits the most entries to WETA PBS Kids will win children’s books!

This year, all WETA PBS Kids Writers Contest submissions should start with the following:  

“I can’t wait for...” 

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 June 1.

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 three ways:   

1) Through this google form (each individual entry needs to be submitted on its own) 

2) Scanning and emailing entries to, or  

3) Sending or dropping off the entries at the WETA headquarters mailroom. If you choose this option, entries must be on one side of the page with numbers on the back of each page.

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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