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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.

2023 OPT/PBS KIDS Writers Contest

The 2023 KIDS Writers Contest kicks off February 10th, with entries due by FRIDAY, APRIL 28th. The contest is open to kids in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Local winners will be celebrated at an awards banquet this summer, have their stories on display in-person and online, and receive awesome prizes! 

Use the links below to review the contest rules, and be sure to submit a completed entry form with your story! 


Ozarks Public Television 

ATTN: KIDS Writers Contest

901 South National 

Springfield, MO 65897



Strong Hall, Room 102

900 South Holland

Springfield, MO 65897

*Ask for Stefanie



Note: If submitting electronically, please provide full-color scans of each page, correctly ordered, in a PDF file format. 

2022 Contest Winners

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