Do you have an aspiring young writer or illustrator? WLJT is holding its annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest for children in kindergarten through third grades. The contest is “based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest” and in the past has only been open to lower elementary age children. This year, WLJT is partnering with Discovery Park of America and opening the contest to fourth and fifth grade students too. And yes, homeschoolers are able to participate.
All eligible children are encouraged to participate in the contest for the chance to author a winning piece as well as win a number of prizes that include Sky Zone passes, McDonald’s gift certificates, Jackson Generals tickets, Walmart gift cards, books, arts and crafts supplies and more. To add to the excitement, the winners of the fourth and fifth grade contest will receive a one-year membership to Discovery Park of America.
This is an opportunity for children who already have a passion for writing and love to bring their stories to life on the written page. It is also a chance for a student who may not enjoy writing, but loves art and can bring their pictures to life with words. When given some time, putting words together to tell a story is not as difficult as it may seem.
Authors may submit a story (fact or fiction) or prose or poetry. Students in kindergarten and first grade must use a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 200. Second and third graders must use a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 350. Fourth and fifth grade students must use a minimum of 100 words and have a maximum of 500. Submissions must also have at least five original illustrations. This is a great writing and fine arts exercise (assignment 😉 ) for children.
Contestants will be graded on the following criteria:
40% Story structure and use of literary devices
20% Relevance, quality and originality of illustration
So, get your children working on that story, prose or poetry now, because all submissions must be delivered or postmarked by Friday, March 31. Remember these are two different contests. The postmarked submission deadline to WLJT, P.O. Box 966, Martin, TN 38237 is Friday, March 31.
First through third grade contest
Read the complete contest rules for the first through third grade contest.
The teachers of the First Place winners and the teacher with the largest class submissions will also be winners.
Call Sabrina Bates at (731) 881-7561 or e-mail for more information.
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