WQED announces annual writers contest

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WQED has announced its annual WQED Writers Contest with the theme of “Write My Future” that encourages kids to use their creativity to write a story about where they see themselves in the future.  

WQED has been able to reach out directly to schools, libraries, and families across Pennsylvania to encourage children to write about their goals and submit their 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 12 year WQED has received more than 13,000 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 WPSU serving central Pennsylvania; and PBS 39 (WLVT) serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. 

“WQED is excited to continue our tradition of encouraging children to build literacy skills and to have them write about where they see themselves in the future,” said Gina Masciola, WQED’s Managing Director of Education. “WQED provides fun hands-on literacy resources to engage children while getting them excited to explore their imaginations through creative writing.”

“The Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books is thrilled to partner with WQED’s Writers Contest and working with the expertise of the WQED PBS Kids team,” said Laurie Moser, Co-Chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books. “Together we are building an even stronger community of literacy. We look forward to celebrating the winners on May 14, 2022 in East Liberty. The Festival will present loads of authors, poets, kids’ programming, book sales, food and music – all will be free. It will be a great day!”


How the contest works

Beginning January 3, 2022 and continuing through March 15, 2022, K-3 children in the tri-state area and nationwide can submit their entries to the WQED Writers Contest at www.WQED.org/writemyfuture. 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 Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books on May 14, 2022.  All finalists, past and present, are broadcast on iQKidsRadio.org. This year’s winners will be broadcast on Saturday Light Brigade (SLB) Radio in 2022. 

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

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 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.