KLRU announces local PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners

writers contest 2014

Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 235 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:

1ST PLACE WINNERS:

2ND PLACE WINNERS:

3RD PLACE WINNERS:

“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”

You can read all stories submitted in the KLRU area

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

The national winners will receive prizes courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Winners will receive a prize package that will include LeapFrog’s award-winning LeapReader Reading and Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.

2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Winners!

Writers Contest

KLRU congratulates our 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest winners! KLRU had almost 200 entries from children throughout Central Texas. All of the winners will be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced during the summer of 2013 and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest. You can read all our local entries here!2013 KLRU Winners:

Kindergarten:
1st place – Elizabeth May
, age 6
The May Academy (homeschool)
Georgetown, TX
A Turtle’s Home

2nd place – Keri Collins, age 6
First Foundations
Austin, TX
The Sick House

3rd place - Anais Morend-John, age 6
Mathews Elementary
Austin ISD
The Horse

1st Grade:
1st place – Katherine Bong, age 6
[won: 1st Place - 2012]
Blackland Prairie Elementary
Round Rock ISD
My Wish

2nd place – Enaaya Khan, age 7
Cactus Ranch Elementary
Round Rock ISD
Sarah’s Pet

3rd place - Aidan D’Eimon, age 7
Neidig Elementary
Elgin ISD
The Fat Cat

2nd Grade:
1st place – Campbell Collins, age 8
Collins Academy (homeschool)
Austin, TX
Molly’s Play

2nd place tie – Debbie Bong, age 8
Blackland Prairie Elementary
Round Rock, TX
The Lesson Learned

2nd place tie – Claire Moore, age 8
[won: 1st Place - 2011]
Pease Elementary
Austin, TX
What Can I Do with a Shoe?

3rd place – Prahal Selvapathi, age 8
Great Oaks Elementary
Round Rock ISD
Kyle and Rover

3rd Grade:
1st place – Andrew C. Jiang, age 8
[won: 2nd Place—2012]
Spicewood Elementary
Round Rock ISD
The Nighttime Burglar

2nd place - Cedar Toavs, age 9
Becker Elementary
Austin ISD
Meré: The story of Jewel, a young peahen

3rd place – Bethany Kwan, age 7
[won: 1st Place - 2011, 3rd Place - 2012]
Hill Country Christian School of Austin
Where is the Goose?

All of the entries are available here!

Contest Information:
The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest invites children in grades K-3 to create stories using their own words and pictures, and recognizes their efforts with certificates and prizes. The contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on and active learning by submitting their own original illustrated stories. Parents, teachers, and librarians are encouraged to help children participate in the Contest.

PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest 2013

Writers Contest

KLRU announces the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest! Designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on and active learning, the contest encourages children in grades K-3 to submit their own original illustrated stories.

How the Contest Works
Children in Central Texas can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest either by mailing their entries to KLRU or uploading their stories to our website: klru.org/writerscontest. The upload window begins March 1, 2013. All entries must be postmarked or uploaded by April 6th. A panel of local judges will select local winners for each grade level by April 20th and award prizes including books, toys and gift cards with an announcement and celebration on Saturday, April 27.

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PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest for 2011

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

KLRU’s launch date is February 1st but parents and schools may start working on their stories right now!  Just download the writers guide to help you and your child with the story development and look through the contest rules to make sure that you understand your child’s  grade criteria.  The contest entry deadline is Friday, March 25th (postmarked or delivered).

Go to http://www.klru.org/pbs-kids-go-writers-contest-2011/ to download the contest rules,  entry form and writer’s guide.  Be sure to check out the winners from last year!