The Annual PBS KIDS Utah Writers and Illustrators Contest, in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah, is a statewide program encouraging children grades kindergarten through sixth to become writers and illustrators. Hundreds of children from Brigham City to Herriman, Logan to St. George, enter their short stories complete with illustrations each year. Judges from The City Library, Granite School District, Canyons School District, Tracy Aviary, Discovery Gateway, Weller Books, and more review the nominations, and after much deliberation, select 21 winners (3 from each grade). 

The stories and illustrations are judged on merits of creativity, originality, and expression. 21 Winners, Kindergarten through sixth grade, were celebrated at the Natural History Museum of Utah, where they also got to explore the museum with their families.

The process of creative writing has been proven to improve a child’s academic skills as well as self-confidence, creativity, and imagination. PBS KIDS Utah celebrates all of the talented Utah children who entered this year’s KUED contest.

Please enjoy the winning stories of the
2018 PBS KIDS Utah Writers and Illustrators Contest


Writers and Illustrators Supporters:

Girl Scouts of Utah
Hogle Zoo
Discovery Gateway
Red Butte Garden
Thanksgiving Point
Tracy Aviary
Storybrook Café
Dentistry for Children
Nate Wade Subaru
Salt Lake Bees


Emma Eccles Jones Foundation            R. Harold Burton Foundation            Chevron

Beesley Family Foundation            George Q. Morris Foundation            Herbert L. and Elsa B. Michael Foundation            Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation            Molina Healthcare            Ruth Eleanor Bamberger Memorial Foundation            Western Digital Corporation Fund

Utah Medical Association Foundation            Nancy Eccles & Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation in honor of Cleone Peterson Eccles            Castle Foundation            Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation            Henry W. and Leslie M. Eskuche Foundation