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Writers & Illustrators Contest 2021 - Celebrate the Great Outdoors

Welcome to the 2022 Writers & Illustrators Contest!

The PBS KIDS Utah Writers and Illustrators Contest is back for its 21st year and is now accepting submissions! The annual contest aims to foster creativity and literacy in young Utah artists and writers. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade are encouraged to submit original stories, complete with a minimum of five illustrations. Individual children or classes may submit stories.

Stories can be fact or fiction, prose, or poetry, as long as they follow this year’s theme: “Anyone can be a hero!” 


Stories are no longer being accepted. Thank you to those who entered!

If you are selected as a winner (later in May!) AND you previously submitted your story digitally, make sure to send your original copy to:

1.) Mail original winning story to:

Attn: Annie Frazier
101 Wasatch Dr., RM 215
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Submissions are now closed.
May 2022

This year's theme is "Anyone can be A hero!"

“Anyone Can Be A Hero” with PBS KIDS Utah. It’s the 21st Anniversary of the Writers & Illustrators Contest and we are celebrating all of the superheroes in our lives and in our imagination! 

Fred Rogers once said, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.” Grab your notepad and pencil and get inspired by looking for the helpers around you. They are SUPERHEROES, and YOU can be a HERO too. You can clean up around the house, help in the yard, walk a pet … and the best way to help is to be a good friend. Jot down story ideas and sketch drawings as you go. 

Stories can be fact or fiction, as long as they celebrate the heroes around us!

For Educators & Librarians

Contact to receive materials to distribute to your students. Please include your name, where you teach or your library, the date of your event, and number of supplies needed for the students.

Printable Resources and Activity Sheets

(click on images below 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.

Classroom Activities Teacher Guide
Story Revision Checklist
Write This
Story Revision Checklist

For more inspiration and tips from other parents, check out these articles from PBS Parents!

Great Adventures Start with a Story
Raising Info-Kids!: Using and Creating Informational Texts at Home