Writers Contest

The 2023 Writers Contest finalists have been announced!

Read the winning stories!

Read now!

Do you have a child with a great idea for a story about their future? We cannot wait to read it! This is their chance to write and illustrate their own masterpiece, and enter to win cool prizes!

Partnering with WQED this year are The City of Pittsburgh and the Amelia Miles Foundation. The contest is for student’s kindergarten- 3rd grade. The theme is “Write My Future.” We want children to use their imagination to inspire a story where they are the star and write about where they see themselves in the future. Maybe they are an astronaut visiting Mars, or maybe they are the first female President of the United States. It is their future and they can be anything they want to be.

One significant change to the contest this year is that stories will not be returned. If your child wants their story returned, they will have to include a self-addressed envelope with the appropriate postage. Please encourage your child to submit a copy.

The contest will run from January 4 through March 31, 2023.

We will choose a first, second and third place winner along with an honorable mention story for each grade, and there will be a Reader’s Choice Award. So show us your creativity and get ready for …Write My Future!

If you have any questions please contact Michelle Imler at mimler@wqed.org

We spoke with professional illustrator and WQED Cartoon Academy's Joe Wos, who showed us the importance of illustrations in stories!

Ms. Tiffany from Butler Area Public Library will teach us the basics of writing a story!