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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.

2021 Writers Contest Winners 

2020 Writers Contest Results

2021 WINNERS

The Unusual Pet

Kindergarten

1st Place

"Diplodocus' Scary Day"

by Oliver Buckstead

Hays

2nd Place

"Penguin Jack Goes to Kindergarten"

by Richard Baskerville

Great Bend

3rd Place

"Hilary Whiskers: Pirate Cat"

by Evelyn Bryant

Hays

Lumberjack Mack

1st Grade

1st Place

"The Dog That Stole Socks"

by Ethan Knoll

Osborne

2nd Place

"Unicorn Forest"

by Katelynn Graff

Osborne

3rd Place

"The Friends Adventure"

by Makenzie Byler

Osborne

The Dog That Ran Away

2nd Grade

1st Place

"Bird Watching with Friends"

by Grayson Decker

Hays

2nd Place

"Upside Down Land"

by Kelsey Robben

Hays

3rd Place

"The Desert Fire Disaster"

by Kincaid Demel

Hays

Duck In The Coop

3rd Grade

1st Place

"Towering to an Adventure"

by Journey Windscheffel

Russell

2nd Place

"Jordan & the Alien from Outer Space"

by Jackson Berges

Hays

3rd Place

"A New Life"

by Xayne Hood

Hays

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.

Brainstorming

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.

Revision

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

Illustrating

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.