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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.

2022 OPT/PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Thank you to all the young authors who entered the 2022 Contest! Judging will soon be underway and winners will be announced in early June. Stay tuned for more details!  

Check out the 2021 Contest Winners here: 

1st Place: Olivia Guo, Springfield, MO – “Lovely The Unicorn”
2nd Place: Silas Haahr, Springfield, MO – “Samson Got Chased by the Gorilla!”
3rd Place: Milo Kostic, Springfield, MO – “A Monster and the Unicorns”


1st Place: Sadie Deatherage, Rogersville, MO – “Lemon”
2nd Place: Gianna Acosta, Springfield, MO – “Peter Goes to Pizza Night”
3rd Place: Georgia Slone, Nixa, MO – “The Witch of Doom”


1st Place: Youli Yang, Columbia, MO – “Diary of a Fat, Lazy Cat”
2nd Place: Victoria Guo, Springfield, MO – “The Small Owl”
3rd Place: Lily Farmer, Webb City, MO – “King Pickle Mike”


1st Place: Amyrah Mahajan, Chesterfield, MO – “Rainbow Deer”
2nd Place: Savanah Stevens, Arma, KS – “My New School”
3rd Place: Genna Matteson, Lee’s Summit, MO – “Know Your Clouds”

Click the links above to read the winning stories!

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