Houston Public Media PBS KIDS Writers Contest

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Houston Public Media’s 2019 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the contest?
The contest begins December 12, 2018.
Stories are due by March 20, 2019. Your entry must be postmarked by March 20 or dropped off in person by March 20. Houston Public Media’s lobby hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where do I mail my entry?
Houston Public Media
PBS KIDS Writers Contest
4343 Elgin Street
Houston, TX 77204-0008

Can stories be dictated to an adult?
Yes. Children who cannot write may tell their story to an adult who will write it.

Does spelling count?
No. The judges do not consider spelling. Invented spelling is okay.

Do I need to bind my story?
No. We will accept your story whether it is bound, stapled, or simply paper-clipped.

Will my story be returned to me?
We will try, but are not required, to return your entry to you or your school and we will do our best to make this happen. However, we can’t be responsible for lost or damaged entries or postage due on mailings you send us. Certificates and stories will be returned to home addresses if they are individual entries and to schools if they are school entries. Every child who enters will receive a personalized certificate.

When will the stories be judged, and how are they judged?
Stories will be judged April through early May, 2019. Stories are judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling, illustrations, and overall impression. Some things that make a story special include colorful art; a unique story; a story with a good beginning, middle, and end; illustrations that match the story; attention to details; and following the contest rules.

How will I know if my story won?
Houston Public Media will notify finalists and winners by email and, if needed, by phone. The names of finalists and winners will be posted on the contest webpage by May 17, 2019.

Is there a national contest?
No. There is no national contest at this time.

View the full list of 2018 Winners and Finalists

2018 Finalists’ Book Covers

2019 Contest Rules and Entry Form will be posted to this page mid-December 2018.