One of the greatest ways to get kids invested and interested in writing is to give them authentic reasons to write.
When I was teaching high school, I kept a huge bulletin board in my room where I posted tons of contests that my students could enter. It was awesome–so totally fun–when one of them won or placed. They were overjoyed. Their parents were thrilled.
We always celebrated in some way as a class.
So any time I run into a contest that my own kids can enter, I make a rockin huge deal out of it.
There’s a great one going on right now, and it’s hosted by our friends at PBS Kids.
While Owen and Maddy are working on homework, Cora’s been working on her entry.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Celebrate Creativity– PBS Kids Writers Contest for K-3:
That’s right. It’s a contest open to children in Kindergarten through grade three.
And the prizes are great–perfect for kids–and the contest site is set up brilliantly: it’s easy to navigate, clear, and basic enough for kids and parents.
There are tons of former entries to read, organized by grade level and prize, which I think is awesome for so many reasons. It’s writing that kids want to read; it demonstrates the types of submissions they receive and what kinds of pieces win.
Cora has pored through the stories for the last few days, reading them one by one on the computer and letting us know when she finds a ‘good one’. And? Some are pretty awesome.
Very clever. Very creative.
It forces kids to bring their A-game to the contest.
And the cool thing? Kids can create–and save–their stories right on the platform.
Here are the deets:
We’ll see how it goes. Owen and Cora are interested in entering, and they both have partial drafts completed. Let’s hope they finish them, feel good about them, submit, and (maybe!?) even get recognized!
Totally worth checking out if you have kids in Kindergarten through third grade!
What are your fave spots for finding kid-friendly writing contests? Do tell!
We rely heavily on The Washington Post’s Kids Post, which often shares information on contests for kids. My kids have entered a ton. And we’re still waiting for a win.. . . maybe now’s their time!