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Prairie Public's 2022 PBS Kids Writers Contest is back!
We're accepting entries now through February 28, 2022.

Each year, children in Prairie Public's broadcast area from kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to write and illustrate their own stories to submit.


Every entrant is a winner and will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

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

Download the rules and entry form below to get started!

The deadline for entries is February 28, 2022.

Calling all teachers!

Prairie Public appreciates teachers for all their hard work this school year and wants to send extra thanks for encouraging their students to participate in the Writers Contest. Each teacher who submits stories from their class will be entered to win a $100 Target Gift Card!


Download a poster to print and promote the PBS Kids Writers Contest in your classroom.


📚 Read the 2021 First Place and Red Ribbon Favorite stories below
or listen to the kids reading their stories. 📚

First Place: Kindergarten
"The Lost Crown"
by Stella R.

First Place: Grade 1
"Happy's Valentine Day"
by Shree T.

First Place: Grade 2
"Neil Armstrong's Journal"
by Arthur A.

First Place: Grade 3
"The Day It Rained Ice Cream"
by Kali D.

Red Ribbon Favorites: Kindergarten

Red Ribbon Favorites: Grade 1

Red Ribbon Favorites: Grade 2

Red Ribbon Favorites: Grade 3

Questions about Prairie Public's PBS Kids Writers Contest?

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