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For Educators by Educators

WHRO invites Kindergarten through 5th grade students to create a great story, illustrate it and enter it in our PBS KIDS Writers Contest! This year, in addition to the original contest, we will present the Batten Environmental Education Award to winning stories with an Environmental theme or topic.

The 2021 Writers Contest will open in January.

  • Contest aligns with Virginia Standards of Learning writing requirements: K.12; 1.13; 2.12; 3.9; 4.7; and 5.7.
  • Helps develop 21st Century Skills including critical thinking, personal initiative, effective written communication, curiosity and imagination.


Writers LogosThe PBS KIDS Writers Contest is part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers and is funded in part by a Ready To Learn grant, in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The contents of these contest rules were developed under a grant, #PRU295B050003, from the Department of Education.  However, those contents do not represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.