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OETA/PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest kicks off

Melissa Hayer Modified: April 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm •  Published: January 14, 2013

OETA is initiating its annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. a statewide drive aimed at advocating the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning.

The contest spurs children in grades K-3 to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original stories and illustrations, according to a news release.

Information on the contest, provided by OETA, is as follows:

Oklahoma Contest Details

The OETA/PBS Writers Contest officially begins January 14, 2013 and entries submitted to OETA must be postmarked by April 1, 2013. Complete details, including entry forms and rules can be found online at

Each child who enters a story gets a Certificate of Achievement.

Submit stories, with completed entry forms and postmarked by April 1, 2013 to:

OETA-The Oklahoma Network

Storybook Contest

7403 North Kelley Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK 73113

Parents are encouraged to send a self-addressed envelope with appropriate postage to receive their child’s story back after the contest concludes.

How the National Contest Works

OETA will collaborate with schools, public libraries and other community-based organizations to select Oklahoma winners and award prizes. Oklahoma winners will then be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will select the top 12 winners.  National winners will be announced during the summer of 2013 and the winning stories will be featured on

The national winners will receive prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players. Additionally, Highlights for Children has joined the Contest as a new promotional partner and all participants will have the option to receive a print or digital version of Highlights magazine.

 A panel of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary judges for the PBS KIDS GO!

Contest Questions

For complete details and resources for the OETA PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST, visit or contact contest coordinator, Ashley Barcum at 405-841-9271 or

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