2020 PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest Call for Entries

PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest 2020

RENO, NV (JAN 6, 2020) – PBS Reno 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 Curious.

The contest encourages children throughout northern Nevada and northeastern California to celebrate the power of creation by writing and illustrating their own original stories. Through this process, children build their creative voices and develop critical reading and writing skills.

“We are excited for the 2020 PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest,” said Nancy Maldonado, PBS Reno Vice President of Education. “It’s a fun way for children to express themselves through their writing. I love to read the stories from kindergarten through third grade. The way the students write comes directly from their hearts and ever-creative minds.”

“The children in our community always come up with the most creative, heart-felt stories,” said Joy Foremaster, PBS Reno Director of Education. “I can’t wait to see what they come up with this year!”

The deadline to submit entries is March 13, 2020.

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 will be invited to the PBS Reno studio to record an introduction to their stories for broadcast on the air and online, and their stories will be published into hardcover books as well. The winners will be invited to a PBS Reno celebration in the spring of 2020 to have their work acknowledged with their family and friends in attendance.

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

In 2019, a record-number 2,634 children entered the contest. Read the 2019 winning stories at pbsreno.org/writerscontest/winners

About 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 International Airport, Reno Rotary, Reno Centennial Sunset Rotary, Reno Central Rotary, Reno South Rotary, Sparks Rotary, Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association, City National Bank, Nell J. Redfield Foundation, Estelle J. Kelsey Foundation, The Lafrance Family Foundation, Arthur and Joanne Hall, Abraham and Sonia Rochlin Foundation and an Anonymous Donor.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, including PBS Reno, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About PBS Reno

PBS Reno is seen by more than 115,000 people weekly in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California with additional viewership on multicast channels Reno Create on channel 5.2, and PBS Reno KIDS on 5.3. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable and satellite services. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-winning, locally-produced content. PBSreno.org provides engaging interactive content, including the KNPB video portal at watch.pbsreno.org that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services from PBS Reno Education Services 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. Entertain your curiosity at pbsreno.org.


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