Join us at PBS Fort Wayne for our Writer’s Workshop!

February, 22 10am-noon, we’ll teach your K-3rd grader how to get their story started! Learn about creating a character, setting, and story development – by noon, we’ll have your child on their way to a land of creativity!

Welcome to the 2019/2020 PBS39 KIDS Writers Contest. The program has two phases: Local and Regional. During the Local phase, students write, illustrate, and submit their own stories for judging at one of the Local Entry Points (listed below). All students in K-3 are eligible to participate.

Interested in becoming a Local Entry Point?

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning.  This contest encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the PBS39 viewing Area to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  It extends the powerful tradition and annual success begun by the 15-year national run of the “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.”

The top stories from each location move on to the PBS39 Regional level! After the Regional results are announced in May, the contest officially concludes with a ceremony for the winners and their families.

Download the PBS KIDS Writers Contest Individual Contest Entry Form  for 2019/2020.  Then, contact one of the Local Entry Points below to check for entry deadline. In April, submit your story for local judging

You can also view the 2020 Complete RulesReady to get your story started? Click here for some cool tools to get your story started!

If you have questions about the contest, or would like to become involved (as a teacher, school or library) email us at

The 2019-2020 PBS Kids Writers Contest is made possible through a generous grant from: