PBS KIDS GO! is kicking off the new year with its annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest
, a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning.
Children will be encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to their local stations, which will select winners and award prizes. These winners will then be entered into the national level of the Contest where a panel of judges will select the winners. National winners will be announced and prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players will be awarded during summer 2012.
For the first time, stories can be digitally submitted to the Contest through a tool developed by new sponsor, StudentPublishing.com
. Every participant that uses the tool will receive a free animated digital book of their story that they can share with others. Winning entries in each of the Contest categories will be featured on PBSKIDS.org/writerscontest
and visitors to the Contest site will continue to have the opportunity to create “Story Mashups” with winning stories.