Children in Prairie Public's broadcast area from kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to write and illustrate their own stories to submit in Prairie Public's PBS Kids Writers Contest!

Every entrant is a winner and will receive a Certificate of Achievement and personalized, positive feedback.

Top stories win prizes, and will be featured on the radio and online.


Teachers and parents: We understand that you are facing extra challenges this semester, so Prairie Public has extended the PBS Kids Writers Contest deadline to April 24. Please continue to encourage your children to submit stories.

Teachers who mail their class's entries with the school's address on the entry form will receive participation certificates and prizes at the school address. If the child's address is on the entry form, we will send the participation certificates to the child's address​ ​--​ ​giving you one less thing to worry about.

Note: If you'd prefer to skip the trip to a post office, you can scan and send your story to us via email! Make sure "Writers Contest" is in the subject line, and remember to include an entry form. Submissions can be sent to Christine at cmcclellan@prairiepublic.org.


We have extended the deadline for this year's contest to April 24, 2020.

Download the rules and entry form below.

Questions? Contact Christine at cmcclellan@prairiepublic.org.


Winner: Kindergarten
"When the Button Got Lost"
by Jax L.

Winner: Grade 1
"The Case of the Missing Pizza"
by Elin K.

Winner: Grade 2
"El Camino a Fargo"
by Samara J.

Winner: Grade 3
"A Doggone Experience"
by Emilie H.

Red Ribbon Favorites: Kindergarten

Red Ribbon Favorites: Grade 1

Red Ribbon Favorites: Grade 2

Red Ribbon Favorites: Grade 3