Writers Contest - Rules

PBS Kids Go Writers Contest

The 2012 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, offered by WQED, WPSU, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting, runs from January 14, 2012 to April 6, 2012. Winners will be announced in May 2012.

Contest Entry Form (PDF)
Contest Rules (PDF)

Eligibility & Entry Guidelines

  • Entrants must be in kindergarten, first, second or third grade.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified.
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
  • Stories can be fact or fiction, and prose or poetry.

Word Count

  • Kindergarten and first grade stories: minimum of 50 words, maximum of 200 words.
  • Second and third grade stories: minimum of 100 words, maximum of 350 words.
  • Children who cannot write may dictate their story to be printed, written legibly or typed.
  • Text may be integrated into the illustration pages or on separate pages.
  • Non-English text must be translated on the same page and the translation text must adhere to word count.
  • Invented spelling is accepted.

Format & Illustrations

  • Stories must have at least five original, clear and colorful illustrations.
  • Original art can include drawings, photographs, collages, and 3-D.
  • Stories must be created on one side of the paper and numbered on the back of each page.

More Information

Save These Dates

January 14: Contest opens
TBD: Kickoff family events at local libraries
April 6: All entries due

Webinar Series

January 25: Writing | Register
February 8: Storyboarding | Register
March 7: Illustration | Register


The Contest is brought to you locally by EQT Corporation, a long-time supporter of raising readers in our community.

WQED, WPSU, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting are proud to participate in the 2012 national PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest.