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Smoky Hills PBS KIDS Writers Contest

We encourage children throughout our viewing area to write and illustrate their own stories! Children from kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to write and illustrate their own stories to submit into the PBS Kids Writers Contest. Stories will be judged, and the winners are awarded a trophy and prizes.

2020 Writers Contest Results

2021 Smoky Hills PBS KIDS Writers Contest

It's time to get writing! The 2021 PBS KIDS Writers Contest has begun! We will be accepting stories from young authors until March 5th, 2021

Send In Your Stories To:

Smoky Hills PBS

PO Box 9

Bunker Hill, KS 67626

** All entries must include an ENTRY FORM, the ORIGINAL story, and a self-addressed envelope if you would like the original story returned after judging has taken place.

Story Writing Resources

Get Ready To Write

This worksheet is intended to help children start to form ideas for potential stories. This activity gets them to freely develop story ideas through text and illustration. Serving as a precursor to the Brainstorming sheet, this is a place for the child to draw or write topic ideas for their story.


Even short stories are complex and require children to work on a number of elements: characters, plot/story structure, climax/resolution, and setting. The worksheet below is intended to help children expand upon their story idea(s) to develop a strong story.


This worksheet is intended to help children develop self-criticism skills so that they can refine and improve their stories.


This worksheet is intended to help children practice making thoughtful, engaging illustrations for their stories. On the worksheet are some examples of words that you can write into the boxes or you can also have children pick words or phrases from their own stories and have them draw corresponding images.


The Unusual Pet


1st Place

"The Unusual Pet"

by Felicity Hodgson

Montezuma, KS

2nd Place

"Eleanor the Old Girl"

by Matthias Miller


3rd Place

"The Three Bears"

by Haylee Paragon


Lumberjack Mack

1st Grade

1st Place

"Lumberjack Mack"

by Makennan Kraemer


2nd Place

"The Wild West"

by Emitt Lauber


3rd Place

"Adventures for Collin"

by Teegun Taylor


The Dog That Ran Away

2nd Grade

1st Place

"The Dog That Ran Away"

by Finley Yost


2nd Place

"Polly and Hopper: The MIssing Painting"

by Faye Hodgson


3rd Place

"The Night Before School"

by Nadia Hernandez


Duck In The Coop

3rd Grade

1st Place

"The Duck in the Coop"

by Malachi Miller


2nd Place

"Switcheroo hoo! What Happened To You?"

by Stormy Guttery


3rd Place

"Hovering Comes with Responsibility"

by Adelyn Giuda