PBS KIDS Utah Writers & Illustrators Contest Celebrates 20 Years of Fostering Creativity in Young Kids

Press Release

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 3:00pm

This year, PBS Utah is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Writers & Illustrators Contest. This year’s theme is Celebrate the Great Outdoors. The contest is an initiative that fosters imagination and creativity in young artists and writers. Every year, PBS KIDS Utah invites children throughout the state to participate.

The theme encourages children grades K-6 to discover the great outdoors. Kids can get inspiration for their stories by collecting trash at the local park, building a backyard bird feeder, going on a nature walk, or watching a sunset, then jotting down story ideas and sketching as they go. 

Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry, as long as they follow the theme of Celebrate the Great Outdoors. Judging is based on creativity, writing, and illustrations. PBS Utah - accepts stories now through April 15.

Word count (based on grade) and illustration specifics, ideas on creating a good story, and the entry form - are available on our PBS KIDS Utah contest website, pbsutah.org/writers.  

Winners, who will be announced in May, will receive a PBS KIDS Utah prize pack and will have their stories published online. The stories will be showcased in a traveling art exhibit hosted by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. 

PBS KIDS Utah plays a vital role in supporting children in Utah. Even during these challenging times, PBS Utah continues to provide opportunities to keep kids engaged and learning. Programs such as the Writers and Illustrators Contest and the Reading Marathon are valuable because they promote literacy skills and active hands-on learning. Last November’s Reading Marathon had over 12,000 Utah children read over ten million minutes. PBS Utah hopes the Writers and Illustrators Contest inspires just as many kids to participate.

Mail stories to: 
PBS Utah
Attn: Elise Brimhall
101 Wasatch Dr., RM 215
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 3:11pm