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2011 Writer's Contest Winners


First place: "The Runaway Bunny" by Sarah W. of Gibsonia | Hear it!
Second place: "Super Hero Alien Bug Family" by Sadie W. of Pittsburgh
Third place: "Lion's Magic" by Andrew D. of Pittsburgh

Honorable mentions:
Best message: "Ronald and Guy Saved Japan" by Elizabeth M. of Alliance, OH and "The Silliest Mouse" by Rachel S. of Pittsburgh
Best illustration: "Elephant" by Rebecca W. of Carnegie
Best local connection: "The Football Field" by Capone J. of Duquesne (Duquesne City School)


First place: "Magically Mixing Animals" by Emily Z. of Crescent (Bon Meade Elementary School) | Hear it!
Second place: "Froggy Discovers a New Planet" by Gabrielle C. of Pittsburgh
Third place: "Not So Strange After All" by Owen K. of Bridgeville

Honorable mentions:
Best illustration: "Riptor the Dragon" by Charles F. of Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Best message: "Daniel's Curly Tail" by Kelli M. of Jefferson Hills (Jefferson Elementary)
Best local connection: "The Awesome Score" by Carson D. of Moon Township
Most original: "My Fingers Feel" by Nevaeh Rae W. of Turtle Creek


First place: "Toothfairy and Strawfairy" by Uku H. of Newark, OH
Second place: "The Adventures of Tail Girl" by Annie D. of Latrobe
Third place: "The 4 Seasons, by Johnny Stepko" by Angeline C. of Wexford (Marshall Elementary)

Honorable mentions:
Best illustration: "The Nose Knows" by Brandon S. of Pittsburgh
Best message: "Bob: The Ordinary Superhero" by Trey N. of Venetta (Bower Hill Elementary)
Best local connection: "The Pittsburgh Penguins" by Austin M. of Scenery Hill (Bentworth Elementary)
Most original: "Y Am I Different" by Giavonni L. of Canonsburg
Most heartfelt: "My Very Special Friend Lexa" by Jaelyn B. of Finleyville, "The Magic of Love" by Amanda O. of Venetia (Bower Hill Elementary), and "A Bad Day" by Cosette C. of Salisbury
Chris Fennimore Award: "The Surprise Meatballs" by Sean S. of Orwigsburg


First place: "Ally the Alligator and the Best Picnic Ever!" by Mia C. of Rocky River, OH (Kensington Intermediate School) | Hear it!
Second place: "The Little Bird with Big Dreams" by Samuel K. of Bridgeville
Third place: "Down the River" by Susan M. of Pittsburgh

Honorable Mentions:
Best message: "Super Courageous K'aijha" by K'aijha G. of Pittsburgh
Best rhyme: "The Seasons" by Thomas T. of Pittsburgh (Fairview Elementary School)
Best illustration: "Small Ears, Big Hope" by Rye C. of Pittsburgh (O'Hara Elementary School)
Most heartfelt: "Lauren Becomes a Big Sister" by Lauren C. of Butler
Most original: "Quigley, P.I.: The Mystery of the Missing Mice" by Julia M. of Pittsburgh


WQED, WPSU, WITF, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting are proud to participate in the 2014 national PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

Past Winners


2013: Caitlin J., "Vic the Chick"
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2012: Ella B., "Abby the Talking Giraffe"
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2011: Sarah W., "The Runaway Bunny"
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2010: Owen Kagle, "A Bird Spoke to Me"
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2009: Ella Reets Haney, "A Blueberry Problem"
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2008: Shreyas Naidu, "Brian and Amina"
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2007: Madelyn Blodgett, "The Pup Explorers"
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2006: Swagatame Datta, "The Tree"
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First Grade

2013: Cricket B., "Little Possom’s Adventure"
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2012: Abigail G., "Two Mermaids and the Lost Baby Orca Whale"
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2011: Emily Z., "Magically Mixing Animals"
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2010: Micah Dordal, "Dealing With the Monsters"
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2009: Patrick Lowe, "Windington: The City of Big Winds"
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2008: Daniela Maria Schafer, "The Magic Cupcake"
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2007: Swagatama Datta, "The Lost Bird"
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2006: Justin Stengel, "The Adventures of Chipper, the Library Mouse"
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Second Grade

2013: Haruka D., "Willie and Hannah"
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2012: MacKenna R., "Dino Dudes - A Comic Book"
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2011: Uku H., "Toothfairy and Strawfairy"
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2010: Ashley Chung, "If I Were a Bird"
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2009: Theresa Marie Heidenreich, "The Perfect Pet"
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2008: Sophia Reitz, "The Sad Tree"
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2007: Vanessa Anthony, "The Twinkling Star"
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2006: Daria Och, "How a House Became a Home"
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Third Grade

2013: Marlana H., "BFF’s Forever"
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2012: Daniel T., "The Mystery of the Attic Intruder"
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2011: Mia C., "Ally the Alligator and the Best Picnic Ever!"
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2010: Christine Troll, "Tim Sails a Lesson"
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2009: Alexa Reider, "The Art Club"
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2008: Bridget Babinsack, "Dream Days!"
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2007: Daria Och, "Building a Friendship"
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2006: Rachel Rembold, "Big Things"
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Note: You can find Second and Third place winners' stories linked from the First place winners' stories.