2021 NHPBS Kids Writers Contest

Send Us Your Stories!

The NHPBS KIDS WRITERS CONTEST is open to all kids in grades K-5. Children are asked to write and illustrate an original story and send it to NHPBS postmarked by May 31, 2021. Stories can also be sent as a PDF to sadams@nhpbs.org!

If you have any questions about the contest email sadams@nhpbs.org

Basic Rules

  • Kindergarten and first grade stories must have a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 200 words.
  • Second and third grade stories must have a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 350 words.
  • Fourth and fifth grade stories must have a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 500 words.
  • Stories must have at least five original, clear and colorful illustrations.
  • Original art can include drawings, collages, and 3-D art created by the author or photographs taken by the author.
  • Stories submitted by mail must be created on one side of the paper and numbered on the back of each page.

Rules, entry forms, and tips for writing a winning story can all be found right here in the blue box on the KIDS WRITERS CONTEST site!! 

The Contest in the Classroom

The KIDS WRITERS CONTEST is a great way to promote writing and integrate the arts. It is aligned to New Hampshire reading, writing, and art standards. Writing activity sheets and a contest guide for parents, caregivers, and teachers are available in the resources section of the contest site.

Parent/Teacher Guides


About the Contest

The NHPBS KIDS WRITERS CONTEST is open to children in grades K-5. They are asked to write and illustrate an original story. The contest runs from September through March. We encourage schools, classes, and after-school programs and clubs to participate as well as home-school children. Children may also submit individual entries. Every child who enters the contest will receive a personalized response to his or her story, a ribbon, a certificate of achievement, and their story will be posted to the web.

Support for the NHPBS Kids Writers Contest comes from the NH Lottery.


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