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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.

2024 OPT/PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Entries for the 2024 Writers Contest will be accepted from February 1, 2024 to April 26, 2024. A panel of local judges will select winning stories. OPT will award first, second, and third place prizes in each grade level from kindergarten through third grade. 

Please review the 2024 Contest Rules HERE

All entries must be accompanied by a completed and signed entry form, available HERE

Local winners will be celebrated at an awards banquet this summer, and their stories will be on display at Waverly House Gifts & Gallery and at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's Literature Festival.  

2023 Contest Winners



Digital entries: 

Email scanned PDFs

Mail entries: 

Ozarks Public Television

Attn: Writers Contest

901 South National 

Springfield, MO 65897


In-person deliveries:

Strong Hall, Room 115

Missouri State University campus

900 South Holland

Springfield, MO 65897


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