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Ozarks Public Television proudly presents the annual OPT/PBS KIDS Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.

2021 OPT/PBS KIDS Writers Contest

How the Contest Works
Beginning February 5, 2021, children can submit their entries to the OPT/PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The entry deadline is April 30, 2021. OPT will select local winners and award prizes in the summer of 2021. Additionally, local winners will be featured on, and winning stories will be displayed at Waverly House Gifts and Gallery in Summer 2021.

Contest Rules/Entry Form
Please review the Contest Rules for eligibility guidelines and story requirements. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form signed by the child's parent or guardian. Please make sure you print clearly as we use the information on the entry forms to create award certificates, mail back stories, and communicate with parents via email. You can access the entry form and rules below, or you may contact OPT via email or call 417-836-6256 to request an entry form.

Creative Writing Resources
This packet contains a series of resources to help your little writers break down the process of story writing. It includes a teacher’s guide and printable documents to help writers with brainstorming, revising, illustrating, and caption-writing. Let the story writing begin!

Teachers can find additional resources at PBS Learning Media.

2021 OPT/PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Entry Deadline: April 30, 2021

Contest Rules

Contest Entry Form

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