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2020 PBS KIDS Utah Writers and Illustrators Contest

in Partnership with Natural History Museum of Utah

Now through May 1, 2020
May 2020

The PBS KIDS Utah Writers & Illustrators Contest is celebrating its 19th year with the theme “Explore the Outdoors.” The contest, in partnership with Natural History Museum of Utah, is for kids kindergarten through sixth grade. Get inspired for your story by exploring your natural world, from backyard bird feeders, to nature walks, to hiking or camping with your family. Remember, stories can be fact or fiction – as long as they are on our theme of exploring the natural world!

Deadline for story submissions has been extended through May 1st. Winners, who are announced in May, will receive prizes, including tickets to the Natural History Museum of Utah and have their stories published online and in a traveling art exhibit!

Here is everything you will need to help your budding writer and artist submit their entry.

  1. First, check out the Contest Entry Form and Rules (Print PDF Here). It has all the information you need to get your story ready to submit! Make sure you can enter the Contest.
  2. Print off the Contest Entry Form and Rules (Print PDF Here). Have a parent or guardian fill out the form completely, sign it, and mail it with your story to be entered in the Contest.
  3. What should your story include? 1) A beginning, middle, and end – remember to stay within the word count! 2) A central event, like a conflict or discovery. 3) A minimum of 5 illustrations that help tell the tale. For inspiration, check out the stories from last year.
  4. Stories must be received by May 1, 2020!


Mail story and completed entry form to:

Attn: Elise Brimhall
101 Wasatch Dr., RM 215
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

RETURN OF ENTRIES: PBS KIDS Utah may make reasonable efforts to return mailed entries. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope of an appropriate size with your submission to have your story returned to you.

Educators & Librarians

Contact to receive materials to distribute at your writing workshops. Please include your name, where you teach or your library, the date of your event, and how many students you expect at your event or in your class.

Printable Resources and Activity Sheets
(click on image to download PDF)

All stories start with an idea of the characters, places or events that will be in the story. Use these worksheets to help your child and students start to form ideas for potential stories. These activities provide a space to freely develop story ideas through text and illustration.


For more inspiration and tips from other parents, check out these articles from PBS Parents!
Creative Writing For Children
Writing Development: One Child's Journey from Scribbles to Stories


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