PBS Kids Writers Contest

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through handson, active learning. It encourages children to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces. Last year over 300 students submitted their work to VIA for this contest. The first place student in each grade category will receive a plaque and have their story narrated by FM Host, Lisa Mazzarella for a web feature.

The 2020 Contest is Open for Entries!

The 2020 PBS Kids Writers Contest is now open! Please carefully read the rules for entry before submitting your story. Once you're ready, please mail your story along with your entry form to

VIA Public Media
Attn. PBS Kids Writers Contest
100 WVIA Way
Pittston, PA 18640

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 1st, 2020.

2019 Winners

Madelynn Herb - Kindergarten Winner PBS Kids Writers Contest

Madelynn's book is titled "Two Little Bunnies"

1st Grade

Lucy Rose Uher - 1st Grade Winner PBS Kids Writers Contest

Lucy's Book is titled "Go Fetch Win"

2nd Grade

Asher Ulmer - 2nd Grade Winner PBS Kids Writers Contest

Asher's book is titled "Dino Friends"

3rd Grade

Ava Argento - 3rd Grade Winner PBS Kids Writers Contest

Ava's book is titled "The Magic Pencil"