The 2016 PBS Kids Writers Contest for the Northeast Indiana Region begins Monday, February 8, 2016, and you're invited to take part!
This annual contest, , designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning, is made possible local financial support from The Lincoln Financial Group Foundation. It empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories. Last year, public libraries and classrooms across the PBS39 viewing area participated in the contest in addition to entries from home-school students and others.
How the Contest Works
Beginning February 8, 2016, children in the PBS39 Region (northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan) can submit their entries to PBS39’s PBS KIDS Writers Contest through their participating public library or school classroom.
At each entry point, area teachers and librarians will select winners in each grade, Kindergarten through Third Grade. Once selected, those local winning entries will be submitted to PBS39 for regional judging to take place on May 4 and 5, 2016 at PBS39. There, judges will select local winners and award prizes during a special Winner’s celebration held at PBS39 on Thursday, May 19, 2016. Additionally, local winners in each category will be recorded reading their stories will be featured on PBS39’s air as well as on PBS39’s website, wfwa.org beginning in July 2016.
One change From Last Year's Contest: In past years, the winners in each category had their stories advanced for judging at the national level. Due to underwriting shortfalls at the national level, the 2016 contest will end at each participating station's regional level judging and here, at PBS39.
If you are a local teacher or librarian and want to take part in this year's contest, click here to contact Erin Okeson, PBS39 Education Outreach Coordinator by email. You can also call her at (260 ) 484-8839 for more information and materials you can use to make your local contest a success.
To see the timeline for the 2016 Contest, click here. Please note: each individual entry point (libraries and classrooms) may have different deadlines for student participating at the local level.
Want to see who won each category from last year's contest?
The winners, by grade level for the 2015 PBS39 regional contest are as follows. They are listed by grade, place, name, entrant’s hometown and story title.
- First Place Tanner Reynolds, Spencerville, IN Do Dinosaurs Go To Heaven?
- Second Place Ava Pyle, Berne, IN Going Camping
- Third Place Jasper Shuck, Geneva, IN The New 4-Wheeler
- First Place Austen McLothlen, Albion, IN The Cat’s House
- Second Place William Newton, Fort Wayne, IN Which Mate Will Get The Meat?
- Third Place Samantha Rastrelli, Warsaw, IN Annie & Elizabeth’s Big Disagreement
- First Place Sousanne Elsayed, Fenton MI If Dust Mites Could Burp…
- Second Place Eleanor Schmitt, Columbia City, IN The Best Shell
- Third Place Julia Arnold, Berne, IN A Mermaid Tale
- First Place Chloe Park, Angola, IN Chick
- Second Place Meredith Colpaert, Berne, IN The Eggs-Traordinary Chicken
- Third Place Amelia Porter, Columbia City The Blue Jay’s Bluff
The 2016 PBS Kids Writers Contest at PBS39 is possible through the gracious financial support of the Lincoln Financial Group Foundation.
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