Writers Contest

Hello Writers Contest fans! The finalists for the 2022 "Write My Future" Writers Contest have been announced! Read the winning stories and vote for your favorite below! Voting ends at May 2 at midnight.

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We are even more excited about a special twist to our contest this year, THERE IS A THEME! WQED wants you to Write My Future. 

We know Write My Future will spark all of your creativity and imagination to inspire a story where YOU are the star!! We want to read your story, about YOUR future! Maybe you’re an astronaut visiting Mars, or maybe you are the first female President of the United States. You may even be a scientist on a different planet saving the earth, or an architect building a new city. It’s YOUR future and you can be anything that you want to be, so aim high, shoot for the stars, and show us your future.

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. Lastly, there will be a spring celebration for the winning authors, so show us your creativity and get ready for …Write My Future!

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!

There are so many choices of what you can be and what you can do in the future! So what will you be…a construction worker, a ballerina, or a space explorer? If you are having trouble thinking about what you want to be in the future, take a look at some of the books below and they may help to get your creativity moving.

“When I Grow Up.” By Weird Al Yankovich

“ABC’s of What I Can Be” by Caitlin McDonagh

“Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet!” By Dr. Seuss

“When I Grow Up” by Emma Dodd

“Nurses and What They Do” by Liesbet Siegers

“Be You!” by Peter Reynolds


“The World Needs More Purple People” by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart


“Different-A Great Thing to Be!” by Heather Avis


“Delivering Your Mail” by Ann Owen


“Let’s Meet a Veternarian” by Gina Bellisario