by the 2016 writers contest

Collected here are the winning stories from the 2016 Writers Contest. WQED is excited to share information about a wonderful 22-year tradition that has been offered through the education department. The WQED Writers Contest was built on the success of the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest and implemented in Pittsburgh.

The Writers Contest is a national-local contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-5 in communities across the country, to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.

Locally, WQED has partnered with The EQT Corporation to present the Writers Contest to children throughout the region. Through the support of EQT, WQED has been able to reach out directly to schools, libraries and families throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia to encourage children to submit their wonderful, original stories and illustrations. This partnership has been critical to the mission of WQED’s Education department, as it engages children in writing and illustrating, includes parents and teachers in the creative process, and emphasizes the relevance of all literacy activities in a child’s life.

In the eight years of sponsorship from EQT, WQED has received over 9,000 story entries from children throughout the region, directly communicated with hundreds of teachers to provide them resources to work with their students, impacted thousands of WQED viewers with messages about the writing contest, and provided a website full of information that encourages students and arms adults with relevant literacy information.


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