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Get out your crayons — it's time for Prairie Public's PBS Kids Writers Contest!

Submit your stories by March 22, 2024. Find rules and entry forms below.

Each year, children in Prairie Public's broadcast area from kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to write and illustrate their own stories to submit.


Every entrant is a winner and will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Top stories win prizes, and are featured on the radio and online.

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How To Send Your Story

1. Send the story and entry form via mail to:

Prairie Public
Attn: PBS Kids Writers Contest
207 5th Street N.
Fargo, ND 58102

2. Submit entry form and story online here. (PDF only)

Attention teachers!

Prairie Public is grateful for all the teachers who their students to participate in the Writers Contest. 

Each teacher who submits stories from their class is entered to win a $100 Target Gift Card. 

📚 Read the 2023 First Place and Red Ribbon Favorite stories below 📚

Listen to the winning authors read their stories aloud  on Prairie Public's Main Street radio program!

First Place: Kindergarten
"Tulip and the New Chips Store"
by Rachael T.

First Place: Grade 1
"Banana Gets in Trouble"
by Jaelyn T.

First Place: Grade 2
"Eva the Owl Fights the Darkness"
by Raegan H.

First Place: Grade 3
"Stuck in Space"
by Sam S.

Red Ribbon Favorites: Kindergarten

Red Ribbon Favorites: Grade 1

Red Ribbon Favorites: Grade 2

Red Ribbon Favorites: Grade 3

Questions about Prairie Public's PBS Kids Writers Contest?

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