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

Submit your stories by March 20, 2023. Find rules and entry forms below.

(The deadline has been extended! we will accept stories postmarked on or by march 20.)

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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Attention teachers!

Prairie Public appreciates teachers for all their hard work and wants to send extra thanks for encouraging their students to participate in the Writers Contest. Each teacher who submits stories from their class will be entered to win a $100 Target Gift Card! (Total of three gift cards will be awarded.) 

📚 Read the 2022 First Place and Red Ribbon Favorite stories below 📚

And listen to the First Place winners read their stories on our daily radio show, Main Street!

The Three Kittens Get Lost book cover

First Place: Kindergarten
"The Three Kittens Get Lost"
by Archer G.

The Dark Night book cover

First Place: Grade 1
"The Dark Night"
by Elijah M.

Happy's Detective Adventure book cover

First Place: Grade 2
"Happy's Detective Adventure"
by Shree T.

Color in Darkness book cover

First Place: Grade 3
"Color in Darkness"
by Conrad R.

Red Ribbon Favorites: Kindergarten

Red Ribbon Favorites: Grade 1

Red Ribbon Favorites: Grade 2

Red Ribbon Favorites: Grade 3

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