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Library to offer PBS Kids' Writers' Contest

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014

Huntington City-Township Public Library is pleased to be partnering with WFWA PBS-39 in sponsoring the 2014 PBS Kids’ Writers’ Contest, open to children in kindergarten through grade three. Formerly known as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers’ & Illustrators’ Contest, for more than sixteen years the PBS Kids’ Writers’ Contest has been encouraging children in grades kindergarten to three in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.

The PBS Kids’ Writers’ Contest invites children in grades K to 3 to enter their own stories – written and illustrated solely by them – into competition to be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. Judging of submitted stories begins locally, and the first place winners in each of the K to 3 grade categories will advance to regional judging at WFWA PBS-39 in Fort Wayne. One local winner from each age group will receive a prize packet from Huntington City-Township Public Library and be recognized in local newspapers. Every child who participates will receive a PBS Kids’ Writers’ Contest Certificate of Achievement.

Children may enter by picking up an entry form and contest rules at either HCTPL library location, or by downloading and printing them from the library’s PBS Kids’ Writers’ Contest page at Entry forms and contest guidelines can also be printed from the PBS WFWA-39 Kids’ Writers’ Contest page at

The deadline for submitting PBS Kids’ Writers’ Contest entries is Saturday, April 12 by the time the library closes for the day. Entries may be returned to either library location. The main library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, and the Markle Branch is located at 197 E. Morse Street. Do not mail entries to WFWA PBS-39. They must be turned in at the library to be judged locally.

Huntington City-Township Public Library and WFWA PBS-39 are offering a free Writers & Artists Workshop at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 22 at the main library, open to anyone interested in entering the PBS Kids’ Writers’ Contest (parents welcome). Mark Ryan, creative services manager at WFWA PBS-39, will lead the workshop. Participants are not required to attend the workshop in order to enter the PBS Kids’ Writers’ Contest, but it is a great way to get ideas, tips and tricks that will help write and illustrate a story. Registration for the PBS Kids’ Writers & Artists Workshop is appreciated by calling the library’s children’s department at (260) 356-2900.

Ideas and inspiration for the contest can be found by visiting the national PBS Kids’ Writers’ Contest page at where winning stories from last year’s contest can be seen. The children’s department at the main library or the Markle Branch has books and many other items that will also help spark the imagination.