For Educators by Educators

WHRO Public Media 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.

Past Winners
2023 Winners  |  2022 Winners  |  2021 Winners

The 2023 Writers Contest is no longer accepting submissions. Thanks to everyone who entered! The deadline for entries was Friday, March 24th, 2023.
Download the Rules [PDF] | Download the Entry Form [PDF]

Please send entries to:
WHRO's PBS KIDS Writers Contest
5200 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23508

All students entering the contest will receive a special PBS KIDS Certificate. A first place and second place winner will be named in each grade level.  Winners and their families will be invited to WHRO Public Media for a celebration of the WHRO Young Storytellers awards program. We appreciate your help getting students involved with this fun and creative contest!

  • 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.