Local Young Writers Honored

Thank you to all of the young writers who shared work with us during the 2021 Student Writing Challenge. Congratulations to the following students who are receiving honors. You can watch our awards ceremony here. Materials for the 2022 contest are available here! FICTION

Best Fiction, Grades K-1
‘Look Where Your Keys Go’ by Audriann G., Vestal, NY

Best Fiction, Grades 2-3
‘My Fractured Fairy Tale’ by Cameron W., Vestal, NY

Best Fiction, Grades 4-5
‘Haunted Manor’ by Grayden E., Conklin, NY

Best Fiction, Grades 6-8
‘The Discontented Man’ by Heyan C., Vestal, NY

Best Fiction, Grades 9-12
‘The Siege of the Sea’ by Daisy D., Binghamton, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 9-12
‘Heaven or Hell, that is the Question’ by Emma P., Owego, NY 

PERSONAL ESSAY/NON-FICTION

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades K-1
‘About Children’ by Zelda S., Vestal, NY

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 2-3
‘Wolf Connection’ by Amina S., Binghamton, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 2-3
‘Personal Narrative’ by Zoey R., Lodi, NY

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 4-5
‘The Cat and the Coconut’ by Maya S., Vestal, NY

Best Personal Essay/Non-Fiction, Grades 9-12
‘Screaming for Those that Can’t’ by Erin R., Binghamton, NY

POETRY

Best Poetry, Grades 2-3
‘Art’ by Moussia S., Vestal, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 2-3
‘Ducks’ by Shterny C., Vestal, NY

Best Poetry, Grades 4-5
‘Freedom’ by Mushky C., Vestal, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 4-5
‘Death Poem’ by Aviva K., Vestal, NY

Best Poetry, Grades 6-8
‘The Wall’ by Faris S., Vestal, NY

Best Poetry, Grades 9-12
‘Real-ationship’ by Lily B., Binghamton, NY

Honorable Mention, Grades 9-12
‘Women’ by Lydia C., Apalachin, NY

TEXT WITH VISUALS
(GRAPHIC NOVEL, ILLUSTRATED WORK, PICTURE BOOK)

Best Text with Visuals, Grades K-1
‘How to Brush Your Teeth’ by Anastasia G., Binghamton, NY

Best Text with Visuals, Grades 4-5
‘The Lone Hero’ by Bilal K., Vestal, NY

Best Text with Visuals, Grades 6-8
‘The Queen Called Evil’ by Imogen K. and Hannah J., Binghamton, NY

Thank you to Mary Ann Karre, Lonna Pierce, Sarah Reid, Sara-Jo Sites, Sandy Stiles, the George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Jenny Gordon, Rachel Rissberger, Nikki Waskie-Laura, the School Librarian Association of the Southern Tier EAST, and the WSKG Education Advisory Committee.

WSKG Student Writing Challenge

Students in grades K-12 are invited to enter our Student Writing Challenge! 
Complete the 2021 Entry Form and submit work in one of the following categories:

Fiction
Personal Essay/Non-Fiction
Poetry

Download to help promote this challenge! Text with Visuals

Graphic Novel
Illustrated Work
Picture Book

Download this classroom/library poster and share this opportunity! The maximum word count for all submissions is 650 words. Students enter at grade levels K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, or 9-12. Submissions can be submitted electronically or by mail.

Announcing WSKG’s Student Writing Challenge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Students in grades K-12 are invited to enter our Student Writing Challenge! 
Complete the 2021 Entry Form and submit work in one of the following categories:

Fiction
Personal Essay/Non-Fiction
Poetry

Text with Visuals

Graphic Novel
Illustrated Work
Picture Book

Download this classroom/library poster and share this opportunity! The maximum word count for all submissions is 650 words. Students enter at grade levels K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, or 9-12. Submissions can be submitted electronically or by mail. If mailing, entries must be postmarked by June 18, 2021, and sent to:

WSKG Student Writing Challenge
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

***This is open to students who reside in the region that WSKG serves.***

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Contest Deadline Approaching

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest K-3 Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 30, 2018 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

One Month Left for Students to Enter ‘An Ear for Drama’

You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones before the internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together.

PBS Kids Writers Contest

2018 PBS KIDS Writers Contest Opens!

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest K-3 Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 30, 2018 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Young Authors Honored for Work

Thank you to the students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year.  Our judging committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories. All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Mason McCarthy | My Dog
2nd Place | Nico Romo | The Brave and Dangerous Lion
3rd Place | Felicity Clarke | My Trip to NYC

First Grade
1st Place | Maya Stankevich | Sophie
2nd Place | Alice Svinolobova | The Flower and the Raindrop
3rd Place | Frances Miller | My Trip to New York City

Second Grade
1st Place | Hudson Scaglione | The Beautiful Great Barrier Reef
2nd Place | Kyleigh Weiland | Adventures of the Treasure Coast
3rd Place | Stella Guccia | The Star Who Didn’t Want to Be in the Sky
Honorable Mention | Heyan Chung | The Last Salute

Third Grade
1st Place | Sidra El Ghissassi | The Field Trip
2nd Place | Nehemiah Jahn | Traveling Days
3rd Place | Clara Paasch | By the Light of the Moon

 

Fourth Grade
1st Place | Inaaya Sethi | Save PBS: Monsters to the Rescue
2nd Place | Gwen Zimmerman | Fullout
3rd Place | Anthony Mazzatti | Excerpt From: Barry Sneers New Kid
Honorable Mention | Rui Jiang | Basketball Fears

Fifth Grade
1st Place | Laura Klotzkin | The Puzzle of Life
2nd Place | Keyahn Sethi | Immigrants: Making America Great Again
3rd Place | Ian Chung | World War Two
Honorable Mention | Riley Dollard | The Enchanted Soul

Sixth Grade
1st Place | Neema Baddam | I’m Still Here
2nd Place | Asiya Patel | Who’s Done it This Time? Special thanks to the Four County Library System, George F. Johnson Public Library, MaryAnn Karre, Lonna Pierce, Sarah Reid, Sara-Jo Sites, Sandy Stiles.

One Week Left to Enter Annual Writing Contest

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 28, 2017 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Four Weeks Left for Children to Enter Annual Writing Contest

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 28, 2017 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Annual Writing Contests Await Stories from Youth

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest Entry Form & Rules

Submissions must be postmarked by April 28, 2017 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Youth Media Project for Students

You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones before the internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together.

Author Therese Walsh Talks About The Writing Craft (Don't Underestimate The Importance Of Coffee)

Therese Walsh is the author of The Moon Sisters, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, and the forthcoming Author In Progress. She’s also the co-founder of WRITER UNBOXED, a website focusing on the craft and business of writing fiction. She spoke with Crystal Sarakas about writing rituals, the relationship between writers and their readers, and who inspires her.  

Photo by Rachel Burdick

 

Honoring local winners of PBS KIDS Writers Contest

A day to celebrate the young creative writers of our community! On Sunday, June 12, 2016, twenty-six students, their families, and friends gathered at WSKG Studios in Vestal, NY to honor the winning story entries. Awards were given to First, Second, and Third place entries from the local PBS KIDS Writers Contest for students in Kindergarten through Grade 3. First, Second, and Third place awards were also handed out to students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 as part of the WSKG Youth Writers Contest.  

Judges spoke about each story and read their favorite excerpts to the audience. Students were honored for both their creative writing and dynamic illustrations.

6-year-old Author Pens 'Spoon and Knife Adventure'

Grayden Everson’s story Spoon and Knife Adventure won 1st place for Kindergarten in WSKG’s local 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest.  Grayden is 6 years old and the youngest in his family.  He likes pizza, Uno, Legos, Minecraft, art, math, and Elephant and Piggie books. He took a few minutes to answer a few questions we had about his experience:

What is your story about?  Can you summarize it in just a sentence or two? Knife and Spook play together and mysterious Fork steals a toy. How did you come up with the idea for your two main characters, Knife and Spoon?  Where do they live? I came up with the story using my imagination.

Winners Announced for 'PBS KIDS Writers' & 'WSKG Youth Writers' Contests

Thank you to the 203 students that shared their stories & illustrations with WSKG this year!  Our judging committee reviewed the entries and have selected the following winning stories.  Be sure to visit this webpage often as the stories will be uploaded for viewers to read! All children who entered the contests will receive their original story back through the mail. Kindergarten
1st Place | Grayden Everson | Spoon and Knife Adventure
2nd Place | Frances Miller | The Adventure Girl
3rd Place | Brooke Casey | Flutter and the Bumble Bee
Honorable Mention | Azreal Brown | The Two Bunnies

First Grade
1st Place | Heyan Chung | Robot Jobs
2nd Place | Hudson Scaglione | My Friend the Big Whale
3rd Place | Seema Patel | Trouble in Candy Land
Honorable Mention | Lydia Thompson | Our Cute and Funny Guinea Pigs!

Spring Writes Celebrates The Written Word – And The Writers Who Write Them

The Spring Writes Literary Festival takes place April 28-May 1 at locations throughout Ithaca. More than 90 writers will present panels, workshops, readings, and more. The event is free and open to the public. Highlights from the weekend include:

Friday:

Reading and Workshop on Speculative Fiction, Poetry Open Mic, Literary Jeopardy

Saturday:

Beyond the Bechtel Test, Workshop: Comedy Writing, Reading: Jewish Noir

Sunday:

Discussion on Genre Publishing, Discussion on Developing Characters, Reading by Razi Rumi

 

Click here for the full schedule and festival details. 

Final Call for Entries to the 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Budding Authors and Artists Encouraged to Participate in the 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Deadline Approaching for WSKG's Newest Youth Media Project

You might listen to three podcasts a week, some streaming from a favorite website or others downloaded to your phone… But what entertainment could be found through your headphones before the internet? Enter the RADIO DRAMA! Wikipedia reminds us that radio drama first appeared in the 1920s and quickly rose in popularity. In the 1940s, it was a leading form of popular entertainment for children and adults; and one they often enjoyed together.

2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Use the 2015 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest' Winning Entries to Inspire Your Story

Is your child considering entering the PBS KIDS Writers Contest this year?  Dates, forms, and rules are available for your review!  PBS Parents offers simple suggestions to help parents help their child discovery their inner writer.  You can keep it light playing any of these story/writing themed games  from PBS KIDS. PBS KIDS Writers Contest | 2015 Winners

Kindergarten
1st Place – “The Great Friendship” by Tara Evans, Binghamton, NY
2nd Place – “Piggy Trouble” by Parmis Sadeghian, Binghamton, NY
3rd Place – “The Rainy Day” by Ellie Russell, Apalachin, NY

First Grade
1st Place – “Alice’s Bad Hair Day” by Sidra El Ghissassi, Vestal, NY
2nd Place – “How to Make a Garden of Friends” by Inaaya Sethi, Binghamton, NY
3rd Place – “Caylee the Astronaut” by Caylee Hinman, Elmira, NY


Second Grade
1st Place – “The Run Away Turkey” by Cecily Smith, Owego, NY
2nd Place – “The Wimmer World” by Rylan Everson, Conklin, NY
3rd Place – “My Name is Ava!”

Time to Enter our Annual 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Looking for a Weekend Activity? Stay Home and Write with Your Child.

PBS KIDS Writers Contest | 2014 Winners
Local judges reviewed the 2014 entries to WSKG’s annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest and we are pleased to share the winning stories and compilation video!  Thank you to all of the youth who shared their creativity with us – we admire your hard work! Considering entering this year?  Dates, forms, and rules are available for your review!  PBS Parents offers simple suggestions to help parents help their child discovery their inner writer.

Annual 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest' Seeks Stories

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org

Young Writers are Invited to Enter the 2016 'PBS KIDS Writers Contest'

This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too!  This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer

Submissions must be postmarked by April 29, 2016 and mailed to:

PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850

Questions ? Contact jstapleton@wskg.org