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
Thanks to everyone who entered the 2023 Writers Contest. The results are in! See details below and congratulations to the winners!
Local winners will be celebrated at an awards banquet this summer, and their stories will be on display at Waverly House Gifts & Gallery June 20th-30th and at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's Literature Festival November 2nd-3rd.
2023 Contest Winners
1st Place: Kendrie Jones, Branson West, MO - The Little Seed
2nd Place: Brigden Coryell, Springfield, MO – How To Catch an Alien
3rd Place: Lucy Kostic, Springfield, MO – The Arguing Six Year Olds
1st Place: Theodore Quiring, Springfield, MO – Maxwell Mouse & the Vacation
2nd Place: Kami Norris, Springfield, MO – The Cat and the Turtles
3rd Place: Waylon Thomas, Taneyville, MO – The Alien Goes to Earth
1st Place: Olivia Guo, Springfield, MO – Lovely the Unicorn - The Mystery of the Flashing Rainbow
2nd Place: Sadie Jones, Branson West, MO – The Mysterious Nest
3rd Place: Louise Zimmerman, Springfield, MO – The Dragon World
1st Place: Beckett Moulder, Strafford, MO – Charlie the Lost Squirrel
2nd Place: Maren Altrup, Springfield, MO– Mary's Trip to Fairyland
3rd Place: Sadie Deatherage, Rogersville, MO – Shelly the Turtle
Click the links above to read the winning stories!