For the 26th year, Idaho Public Television hosted the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. IdahoPTV’s three regional stations — KUID/Moscow, KISU/Pocatello and KAID/Boise — encouraged children who were in kindergarten through third grade during the 2019-2020 school year to write and illustrate their own imaginative story.
IdahoPTV received 154 entries. A team of volunteers judged the entries on creativity, originality, language skills and illustrations. Winners for each grade were chosen for each region of Idaho for a total of 34 winners.
On Saturday, Oct. 24, virtual awards ceremonies will be held online to celebrate these children and their stories. By Nov. 1, the winning stories will be scanned and uploaded in full color onto the IdahoPTV website.
“This year we had 154 submissions from around Idaho, and the stories were awesome. A few of them made me laugh until I cried,” says Katheryn Astle, IdahoPTV community education specialist. “Some of the writers drew from real-life experiences, others dreamed up imaginative adventures, and they all added wonderful illustrations. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a great way for children to engage in polishing their language skills and creativity — abilities that are vital in today’s world.”
Principal support for this year’s contest was provided by IDeal – Idaho College Savings Program.