WQED announces annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Tri-State Area kids in grades K-5 encouraged to submit original stories
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WQED has announced its annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest.  WQED is happy to present the Writers Contest to children throughout our viewing area. WQED has been able to reach out directly to schools, libraries, and families throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia to encourage children to submit their wonderful, original stories and illustrations. This program has been critical to the mission of WQED’s Education Department, as it engages children in writing and illustrating, includes parents and teachers in the creative process, and emphasizes the relevance of all literacy activities in a child’s life.

In the past 11 year WQED has received more than 12,000 story entries, directly communicated with hundreds of teachers and librarians to provide them resources to work with their students, impacted thousands of WQED viewers with messages about the contest, and provided a website full of information that encourages students, and arms adults with relevant literacy information.

Partnering with WQED this year are West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB); WPSU serving central Pennsylvania; and PBS 39 (WLVT) serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. 

“WQED is thrilled to continue our tradition of encouraging children to build literacy skills by supporting our local schools and teachers,” said Gina Masciola, Director of Education Partnerships. “WQED provides fun hands-on literacy resources to engage children while getting them excited to explore their imaginations through creative writing. We are proud to continue special recognition for an outstanding story that includes a STEM focus. The addition of stories focused on science, technology, engineering, and math add to our contest.”

How the contest works

Beginning January 4, through March 31, children in western, central and eastern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and western New Jersey can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS Writers Contest at www.writeonkids.org. WQED will select local winners and award prizes including the opportunity to record their winning story, and kids and families will be invited to a Winners Celebration at the WQED studio.  All finalists, past and present, are broadcast on iQKidsRadio.org. This year’s winners will be broadcast on Saturday Light Brigade (SLB) Radio in 2021. 

Creative writing resources

The Contest is supported by a robust set of resources for children, parents and teachers.  Story ideas, activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries are available on the Contest website to inspire children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia is also offering a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms nationwide.  

To enter the Contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit www.writeonkids.org. 


About WQED

WQED was an experiment in educational community-supported television that was the forerunner to PBS. Today, WQED is a multimedia powerhouse that is as much a part of Pittsburgh as the three rivers. WQED is WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; WQED PBS KIDS Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and WQED Education (www.wqed.org/edu). 

About West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia Public Broadcasting nurtures personal growth, promotes civic responsibility and inspires lifelong discovery through high-quality programming and services. West Virginia Public Radio, West Virginia PBS, wvpubcast.org and Ready To Learn® are all services of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

The Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting is a 501(c)3 organization responsible for receiving donated funds from individuals for annual membership to West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Friends serve as ambassadors in their communities on behalf of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

All of the licenses for West Virginia Public Broadcasting are held by the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, Kay Goodwin, Secretary.

About PBS 39

PBS39 is a community-owned public television station licensed to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, PA, serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. PBS39 is owned and operated by the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. PBS39 has the potential to reach 6 million people in our viewing area. PBS39 educates, inspires, informs and entertains while stimulating and disseminating the exchange of ideas for community enrichment.

About WPSU

WPSU Penn State is a collection of innovative writers, storytellers, teachers, producers, designers, and technicians — using 21st century tools and media to bring information, education, and entertainment to our viewers, listeners, and larger communities throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.

We are leading edge public broadcasters — producing original, local content and providing your favorite programs commercial-free on public radio and television, to engage the minds and spirits of our neighbors and make connections between the region and the world.

We create meaningful and memorable films about important social, academic, and community stories to help stimulate conversation and discovery.

We improve learning experiences, through design of high-quality, dynamic content in a variety of formats, to aid learners of all ages in their educational journeys.

About Saturday Light Brigade

SLB Radio Productions, Inc. (SLB) uses radio and audio to encourage, amplify, share and archive the ideas, stories, and feelings of children, youth and families. SLB believes in radio and audio because these technologies enable a sense of intimacy, engagement and self-directed imagination that is often lacking in other media, while also promoting opportunities for privacy (given that children need not be photographed), equal access (audio has fewer barriers for participation than other media), and sharpening of important life skills (i.e., speaking and listening, imagination, creative expression, and critical thinking, respect for others, confidence and cooperation, and technical curiosity).

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.



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