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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.

Thank you to all the young writers who entered the 2020 OPT/PBS KIDS Writers Contest!

We LOVED reading your stories! Congratulations to all participants on a job well done. And to all the parents who helped their kids enter, thank you for encouraging your child to get creative.

Ozarks Public Television is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 OPT/PBS KIDS Writers Contest:

1st Place: Ryker Inlow, Republic, MO - “The Attack of the Flying Angies”
2nd Place: Kalen Sprenger, Springfield, MO - “The Crazy Video Game”
3rd Place: Gianna Acosta, Springfield, MO - “Paul Finds a Home”

1st Place: Rachael Rosenbury, Springfield, MO - “The LIttlest Chick”
2nd Place: Cameren Lamb, Fort Scott, KS - “The Zoo”
3rd Place (tie): Lucas Moll, St. Louis, MO - “Beluse the Bear”
3rd Place (tie): Zoey Shoemaker, Springfield, MO - “George’s Trip”

1st Place: Abi Lemonier, Ozark, MO - “Nancy Finds a Friend”
2nd Place: Anley Morrison, Walnut Shade, MO - “The Girl with Gills and Lungs”
3rd Place: Elsie Slone, Nixa, MO - “Ellen the Dreamer”

1st Place: Dalton Morrison, Walnut Shade, MO - “Dimension Chest”
2nd Place (tie): Caden Edlund, Nixa, MO - “The Weird Book”
2nd Place (tie): Samuel Walworth, Branson, MO - “Timmy Gets a Maggik Lesson”
3rd Place: Nick Crawford, California, MO - “The Missouri Ski Trip”

Click on the titles above to read the winning stories. The winning stories will also be on display at Waverly House Gifts and Gallery from July 21-August 1, 2020. For more information and gallery hours, visit or call (417) 882-3445.

Awards Ceremony
Unfortunately, we are not holding a KIDS Writers Contest Banquet this year in order to keep contest winners and their families safe and healthy. We will instead host a virtual KIDS Writers Contest Awards Ceremony on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Winners will receive an invitation via email. Additionally, 2020 contest winners will be invited to and recognized at the 2021 KIDS Writers Contest Banquet.

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