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2022 PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom Writers Contest Call for Entries

Annual contest encourages local children to write and illustrate their own stories

RENO, NV (Jan. 3, 2022) — The annual PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom Writers Contest kicks off today and PBS Reno is inviting local students in kindergarten through third grade to submit their own illustrated stories. This year’s theme is INVESTIGATE.

“I like this theme because it opens the door of creativity in our young authors’ minds,” said Nancy Maldonado, PBS Reno Vice President of Education. “They can write about things that they wonder ‘why’ about, or write about answers to questions they have. They can even write a mystery! The young authors in our northern Nevada community never cease to amaze us.”

The PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom Writers Contest encourages children throughout northern and central Nevada and northeastern California to get creative by writing and illustrating their own original stories around the selected theme. Through this process, children build their creative voices and develop critical reading and writing skills.

“It’s my favorite time of year again; the annual PBS Reno Writers Contest!” said Joy Foremaster, PBS Reno Director of Education. “We are excited to see what our young authors come up with surrounding our theme of ‘Investigate.’ We know that the minds of young children are naturally curious and want to find out about the world. Putting their investigative thoughts and discoveries down on paper should be very interesting. I know we will get some amazing stories!”

The deadline to submit entries is March 4, 2022. Each story must include five pages, five illustrations, and a specific word count for each grade. Learn more here.

A team of dedicated educators and volunteers will go through an in-depth review process and select first, second, and third place winners from each grade. The 12 winners have their stories displayed at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and the winning stories will be published into hardcover books as well. 

Each student who submits a story will receive a special certificate of participation. In 2021, PBS Reno received 1,970 Writers Contest entries from children in Washoe County School District, Carson City School District, Douglas County School District, Lyon County School District, Elko County School District, and Humboldt County School District. Read the winning stories here.

About PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom Writers Contest

The PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom Writers Contest is produced by PBS Reno and is based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo. The contest is sponsored in part locally by Audi Reno Tahoe, City National Bank, Reno Tahoe Airport Authority, Renown Health, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Western Nevada Supply, Nell J. Redfield Foundation, Margaret and Charles Burback, and Sara and Leonard Lafrance.

About PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom

PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom uses on air, online, and print resources to help parents, caregivers and childhood educators prepare children for success. Locally, PBS Reno is bringing these resources to communities in northern Nevada and northeastern California through PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom workshops.  PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom workshops are based on the standards and mission of the PBS Ready To Learn initiative. PBS Reno offers free Curiosity Classroom workshops specifically developed for Pre-K through 4th grade students for educators and community educational organizations. An engaging video clip, a read-aloud, and fun hands-on activities are integrated into each workshop. Lessons are aligned to the Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and Nevada Academic Content Standards. All materials are supplied and a trained facilitator will lead the 45 to 60-minute workshop. An assessment of our Ready To Learn service (conducted in conjunction with the University of Nevada, Reno) indicates there is significant value in spending time in our workshops as they maximize greater learning outcomes through novelty instruction. Learn more here.

About PBS Reno

As of November 2020, PBS Reno is watched by more than 124,000 people and more than 85,000 households weekly in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with viewership on multicast channels Reno Create and PBS KIDS Reno. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable, satellite services, and via livestream on YouTube TV. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-winning, locally-produced content. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents, and caregivers through immersive educational services including Ready To Learn Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.

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