WITF Launches PBS KIDS GO!® Writers Contest

Written by Debbie Riek, Education Coordinator | Jan 14, 2010 7:23 PM

“We know from research that there is an important connection between writing and the development of early literacy skills, critical cornerstones for school readiness and achievement,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children’s Media, PBS. “PBS KIDS GO! uses the power of media to open up the worlds of letters and words for all children, encouraging them to explore ways to communicate more effectively.”

Children in grades K-3 are encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to WITF by April 2, 2010. WITF will then select local winners and award prizes during a special ceremony at the WITF Public Media Center. First place local winners will be entered into the national level of the Contest where a renowned panel of judges will identify the national winners. National winners will be announced and prizes, including laptops, digital cameras and MP3 players will be awarded in summer 2010.

“Kids naturally have a keen sense of curiosity and incredible imaginations,” says Sara Wagner, Development Outreach Specialist, WITF. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest provides a safe virtual community forum for Central Pennsylvania children to express their ideas while fostering key early literacy skills such as story-telling.”

Applications and additional information are now available online and at the WITF Public Media Center by contacting Sara Wagner, Development Outreach Specialist, at (717)-910-2945 or In addition, a new PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Web site at will launch in early 2010. It will include the winning stories in each of the Contest categories, as well as a searchable archive.

Click here for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Rules

Click here for a PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Entry Form

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the 15 year national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest,” and builds on its important legacy. It ushers the powerful mission of educational programming and literacy in public television directly into the homes and classrooms of the community, motivating young students to create and imagine.

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is produced by WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and PBS, and is part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a national initiative which uses the power of public media to build the reading skills of children ages 2-to-8, with an emphasis on children from low-income families. The effort is funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education, part of a cooperative agreement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS and The Ready To Learn Partnership.


PBS KIDS, for preschoolers, and PBS KIDS GO!, for early elementary school kids, offer all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs. With positive role models and content designed to nurture a child’s total well-being, PBS’s children’s media and family and educator resources - including PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! television series,,, PBS Parents (, PBS Teachers (, PBS KIDS Raising Readers and literacy events across the country - leverage the full spectrum of media, technology and community to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity. Empowering children for success in school and in life, only PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! have earned the unanimous endorsement of parents, children, industry leaders and teachers. In September 2008, PBS KIDS GO! launched its video player (, featuring hundreds of video clips and dozens of full-length episodes. Since launch, the site is averaging 1.3 million streams per week. averages nine million unique visitors a month. PBS is a nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation’s 356 public television stations, serving more than 115 million people on-air and online each month. For more information on specific shows supporting literacy, science, math, and more, visit

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers, which is funded in part by a Ready To Learn grant, in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The contents of these contest rules were developed under a grant, #PRU295B050003, from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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