KLRU KIDS Writers Contest Promotes Children's Writing

KLRU, public media for Austin, Texas, holds an annual local KLRU KIDS Writers Contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s writing skills through hands-on, active learning.

Children in kindergarten through third grade are encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to KLRU, which will then select winners and award prizes.

“Every year KLRU is a proud participant in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest because it underscores our commitment to the success of Central Texas children,” said Ben Kramer, KLRU VP of Education. “The process of creative writing has been proven to not only support the building of key academic skills but to help improve a child’s self-confidence, creativity and imagination."

While KLRU celebrates the success of the most winning entries at each grade level, they also celebrate the creation of a community of writers by extending the publication to all children who submit an entry. All entries are published on KLRU’s website.

The contest recruits over 60 volunteer judges from across Central Texas from KLRU Community Advisory Board members, authors, bloggers, poets, teachers, city and school librarians to KLRU members who have a love of children's literature to help judge the stories completely online.

Read the 2017 KIDS Writers Contest Entries by grade below.

Kindergarten Entries

First Grade Entries

Second Grade Entries

Third Grade Entries

Visit the KLRU KIDS Writers Contest website for more information and a list of past winners.