Writers Contest

Our Writers Contest deadline has been extended.  Writers in Grades k-5, you have until April 10 to submit your entry.  Winners will receive Amazon Gift Cards and your story will be posted on our website.  entry form and rules

Calling all budding authors Kindergarten through Grade 5.  Time to write and illustrate an original story and enter it into the WVPB Annual Writers Contest.  Winners at each grade level will have their stories published on our web-site and win great prizes.  Prizes are awarded to the first 3 places at each grade level.

4th Grader Elliot Jackson displays his winning story 'Don't Judge A Socks By It's Color'
Linda Jackson

Elliot Jackson won first place among 4th graders in West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s 2019 Writers Contest with his story 'Don't Judge a Sock by Its Color'. He came to our studios to record a version for radio weeks later.

Upon hearing Elliot's story, WVPB video producer Pat Sergent wondered what it would be like to add animation to Elliot's drawings. We think this venture turned out great, especially paired with Elliot's narration. 

Elliot Jackson won first place among 4th graders in West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s 2019 Writers Contest with "Don't Judge a Sock by its Color".
Elliot Jackson


Elliot Jackson won first place among 4th graders in West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s 2019 Writers Contest. Elliot came into our studios to record his story, "Don't Judge a Sock by its Color".  

 

K. Cutwright

Kacey Cutright won first place among 5th graders in West Virginia Public Broadcasting's 2019 Writers Contest. Her story, Cutright Family Experiments from My Point of View, is about how her dog perceives changes associated with home schooling.

Dorsey Cutright

Dorsey Cutwright won first place among second graders in West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s 2019 Writers Contest. Dorsey came into our studios to record his story, Adventure of a Lifetime.

The Writers Contest is an annual tradition for WVPB.  This year there were a record number of entries submitted, from students in kindergarten through fifth grade.  There was an incredible range of entries from both in-state and out-of-state, entries from entire schools, from homeschoolers, from library and afterschool programs and from our PBS Kids who learned of the contest and wanted to write a story. 

Congratulations to all the writers who submitted entries this year.  Thanks too, judges.  Marshall University Education Majors took their judging job seriously as they counted words and discussed the merits of the stories entered.  They were impressed by all the stories submitted and that made their job even more difficult.  Please find this year's winning entries.  We hope you are thinking about what tale you will tell for next year's contest.

It's here!  The WVPB PBS Kids 2017 Writers Contest is calling all West Virginia students in grades Kindergarten through 5 to sharpen their pencils and bring out their crayons to write and illustrate a story.  Winning stories will be published on our website.  The contest  runs January 1 through March 31.  All applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017.

Your source for Writers Contest info here!

  • Find out the latest details on the Writers Contest
  • Read 2016 Winning Entries

Congratulations to the students who participated in West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Writers Contest. A special Congratulations to his year's winners.  We hope you will participate again next year, look for information in January 2017.  Until then, keep writing.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting is planning a June reception to honor the winners.

Kindergarten

Writers Contest

Mar 10, 2016

Calling all writers in kindergarten through 5th grade!  We want to see what you are writing. Take part in our annual Writers Contest, deadline to enter is March 31, 2016.  Stories must be the original work of the author and be accompanied by original art.  Stories must be single author stories and can be fact, fiction, prose or poetry.  Additional rules and entry forms can be found at http://writeonkids.org

Prizes will be awarded for first through third places at each grade level. 

Few things capture a child’s imagination like a good book. Each year, WQED, PBS39 , WITF, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting encourage children in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, to create their own stories and take part in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

12 Young Authors Selected as Local Winners of the PBS Kids Writers Contest

Twelve young authors from West Virginia have been selected as local winners of the PBS KIDS Writers Contest, which encourages children grades K-3 to celebrate the power of writing by creating and submitting original storybooks. 

This year’s winners were chosen from 101 representing 16 schools.

K-3 Writers, Send Us Your Best Work!

Feb 12, 2014

Entries are now being accepted for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest is open to children in kindergarten, first, second and third grades and encourages them to celebrate their creativity while building literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories.

Suzanne Higgins

Between the 1880’s and 1920’s there was an intersection of two historical phenomena in Appalachia. The railroads opened the region for the large scale extraction of coal and Jews from Eastern Europe came to the United States seeking opportunity.

In her book “Coalfield Jews: An Appalachian History,” Deborah Weiner writes “…their story is treated here as Jewish History and as Appalachian history, in equal measure.  The linkages that emerge between these two seemingly unrelated fields help to illuminate both.”