PBS Utah Announces Return of Writers & Illustrators Contest

Press Release

The PBS KIDS Utah Writers & Illustrators Contest is celebrating its 19th year with the theme “Explore the Outdoors.” The contest, in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah is an initiative that strives to foster creativity in young artists and writers. 

PBS KIDS Utah encourages children grades K-6 to explore the natural world around them, from backyard bird feeders to nature walks to camping with their families. For more inspiration, families can visit the special exhibit “Nature All Around Us” at the Natural History Museum of Utah. 

Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry, as long as they are on the theme of “Explore the Outdoors.” Judging is based on creativity, writing, and illustrations. Stories will be accepted through April 15.

Word count (based on grade) and illustration specifics, ideas on creating a good story, and the entry form can be found on the PBS KIDS Utah’s contest website, pbsutah.org/writers.  

Winners, who will be announced in May, will enjoy a day with their families at the Natural History Museum of Utah, have their stories published online and get to participate in a traveling art exhibit hosted by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Winners will also receive an invitation to a special celebration with prizes from local organizations such as Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, and others.

The contest gives children an opportunity to get creative and use their imaginations. Every year, PBS KIDS Utah invites children throughout Utah to participate. Last year, young writers from all over the state won and included winners from Alpine, Ephraim, and Syracuse. 

Stories can be mailed to: 
PBS Utah
Attn: Elise Brimhall
101 Wasatch Dr., RM 215
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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Monday, April 20, 2020 - 9:47am