IdahoPTV Announces 2020 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

WPwriterscontestFor the 26th year, Idaho Public Television is hosting the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. IdahoPTV’s three regional stations — KUID/Moscow, KISU/Pocatello and KAID/Boise — encourage children who were in kindergarten through third grade during the 2019-2020 school year to write and illustrate their own imaginative story and submit it by Friday, August 14, for a chance to win prizes and have their work published online.

As a result of the delay of the contest due to the COVID-19 pandemic, children entering the contest will be entered in the grade level they were in last school year, NOT the grade they are going into.

Entry forms, rules, FAQs and teacher tips are available at  The contest is open to children in kindergarten through third grade residing within IdahoPTV’s over-the-air service area, which includes all of Idaho and parts of Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Oregon and Nevada.

Regional volunteer panels will judge the entries on creativity, originality, language skills and illustrations. Winners in each grade level from each region of Idaho will be selected and will receive prizes including toys, books, and a $100 contribution to an IDeal Idaho College Savings account. Winners will be announced on or around October 1, 2020.

In October, a virtual awards ceremony will be held in each region of Idaho to celebrate the winners and their stories. By November 1, the winning stories will be uploaded in full color onto the IdahoPTV website:

IdahoPTV thanks the sponsors of this year’s contest: The F.M., Anne G. & Beverly B. Bistline Foundation in the Idaho Community Foundation and IDeal – Idaho College Savings Program.

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