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WETA Kids Writers Contest

Kids Writing Contest

WETA Kids is encouraging children in grades K-3 throughout the Washington Metropolitan area to write an original story, poem or piece of non-fiction using the following prompt:

 “I walked out into my neighborhood and…”

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


Rules and Prizes

Contest is open to children in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grades who live in DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia. All entries must be postmarked by April 26, 2019. Enter today! 

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 national prizes. 

How to Enter

To enter, download and complete the form below. Then mail it to WETA along with the student's book. All entries must be postmarked by April 26, 2019. 

2018 Winners

Read the winning submissions from the 2018 WETA Kids Young Writers Contest.

Helpful Resources

PBS Story Writing with Arthur 

Creative Writing Guide Guide for parents and teachers when teaching writing to students

Oxford Owl's Encouraging Writing Resources for parents to use to encourage writing

ABCYa Story Maker Story maker tool for children

PBS Kids Student Handouts Handouts for students to use to help them during the writing process


Have a question? E-mail WETA's Outreach office!

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