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2021 PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest Call for Entries

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

PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest

RENO, NV (Jan. 4, 2021) – PBS Reno has announced the launch of its annual PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest and is inviting students in kindergarten through third grade to submit their own illustrated stories. This year’s theme is Compassion.

“We chose compassion as the theme because we felt all students would have something to write about in dealing with compassion, as well as kindness and gratitude,” said Nancy Maldonado, PBS Reno Vice President of Education. “This past year has been challenging for everyone in their own way as our nation struggles through an unrivaled pandemic. In a time when learning in the classroom isn’t always possible, kids can count on being able to express themselves creatively and tell their stories through writing.”

The PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest encourages children throughout northern and central Nevada and northeastern California to recognize compassion by writing and illustrating their own original stories. Through this process, children build their creative voices and develop critical reading and writing skills.

“All of us at PBS Reno look forward to seeing the incredible stories that get submitted to our annual Writers Contest,” said Joy Foremaster, PBS Reno Director of Education. “The young authors in our community never cease to amaze us. We love showcasing the talents of these incredible individuals and can't wait to see what gets turned in this year. With everything that has been going on in our world, I am sure our children have a lot to say around our theme of compassion.”

The deadline to submit entries is March 5, 2021. Learn more at

After the deadline, 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 winners have their stories displayed at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and will be published into hardcover books as well.

Each student who submits a story will receive a special certificate of participation.

In 2020, a record-number 2,687 children entered the contest. Read the 2020 winning stories at

About the PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest

PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest is produced by PBS 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, Renown Children’s Hospital, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, Rotary, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Western Nevada Supply, and City National Bank.

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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